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02/26/2014

New Online Hazmat Training Courses for Operations Personnel

With hazmat shipments coming under more and more scrutiny and fines for shipping mistakes as high as $75,000 per day, per violation, it’s critical that every employee at your facility is prepared to meet his or her compliance responsibilities.  
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02/18/2014

Package and Container Communication: DOT vs. GHS

When dealing with hazardous constituents, hazard communication is a must to protect workers, property, and the general public. Both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have standards for how to communicate the dangers of goods and products they consider “hazardous...

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01/21/2014

Protecting Your Packages from Incidents in Transit

The bottles, cans, jars, and test tubes inside of your combination packaging must remain closed when they are subject to shocks, vibrations, and changes in temperature and pressure during transportation. A box rattling along a bumpy road in the back of a truck, climbing to 35,000 feet in a matter of minutes inside of an airplane’s cargo hold, heating up on a train stopped on the tracks in the desert, or rolling with the waves on a ship may experience extreme conditions that could...

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12/31/2013

IATA Addendum I 55th Edition

On December 23, 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the first Addendum to the 55th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).  Compliance with the 55th edition DGR is mandatory as of January 1, 2014.  Below is a summary of some of the revision made in this Addendum...

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12/17/2013

Preparing Your Hazmat Shipments for 2014

As we approach year’s end, it is critical to look ahead and prepare for the many new hazmat shipping requirements that will become mandatory in 2014 and beyond. Don’t be caught off guard when these updated 49 CFR, IATA, and IMDG rules go into effect—prepare your operations to comply now. Shipping mistakes can lead to injury to personnel and costly shipping delays...

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11/19/2013

Classifying Marine Pollutants

One of the primary categories of environmental hazardous substances are marine pollutants—substances that are toxic to aquatic life...

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10/15/2013

Lithium Batteries Make Frequently Cited Violations List

In an October 2 Final Rule published in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) added a number of lithium battery-related shipping mistakes to its list of Frequently Cited Violations. The unique hazards posed by lithium batteries caught the attention of regulators in part due to a growing number of uses for these batteries, an increase in shipping volume, and many...

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09/17/2013

Training Your DOT Hazmat Employees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all “hazmat employees” receive training to perform their jobs correctly and ensure compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. [49 CFR 173.1(b)] In general, a hazmat employee is anyone who in the course of his or her employment directly affects the safety of transportation of hazardous materials.
 
Hazmat employee training must include...

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08/27/2013

Manifesting State-specific Hazardous Waste for Interstate Shipments

Shipping hazardous waste between states can be more complex than it seems. Under Section 3006 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), each state is authorized to oversee its own hazardous waste management regulatory program, as long as the state’s rules are at least as stringent as the Federal regulations. While most states simply adopt the Federal hazardous waste management rules, a handful of states...

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08/20/2013

Following the Correct IMDG Code for 2014

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is the international standard for packing and shipping hazardous materials by vessel. It is created and maintained by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Unlike the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, which is published annually, the IMDG Code is published only once every 2 years. This unique publication schedule leads to...

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