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05/11/2018

New PHMSA Hazmat Special Permits and Applications

The DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 10 posted notice of applications for new hazmat special permits and Agency decisions regarding existing special permits applications.  

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05/11/2018

How to Choose the Right Dangerous Goods Freight Forwarder

As a shipper, the responsibility for hazardous materials compliance ultimately rests with you. To protect your reputation and avoid hazmat penalties, you must carefully select all potential partners who may impact the safety of your shipments. That includes freight forwarders and cargo agents.   

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03/26/2018

Hazmat Security: A Critical Tool in the War on Terror

History has shown that individuals and groups with nefarious motives will stop at nothing to hurt people to advance their cause. Because these groups may target hazmat shipments for theft or intentional release, shippers and carriers must take steps to protect these shipments in transit. 

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03/23/2018

Do Dangerous Goods Belong on Driverless Vehicles?

UPDATED 03/29/18 US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a request for information, or RFI, related to the development of automated technologies for transporting hazardous materials by surface modes, i.e., highway and rail.  

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03/09/2018

OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Beryllium Exposure Standards Until May 2018

OSHA on March 2 announced its intention to delay enforcement of its stricter industry beryllium standards for general industry, maritime, and construction workplaces—including the lowered permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term exposure limit (STEL)—until May 11, 2018.  

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02/27/2018

What’s the Difference Between Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding?

When operating or working around dangerous machinery, workers can sustain serious injuries: lacerations, amputations, crushing, and, in the worst-case scenario, death. Here we’ll look at how OSHA protects workers from machine hazards through two OSHA Standards for employers that, despite similar goals, must both be followed to maintain 29 CFR compliance.  

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02/08/2018

DOT Fixes 49 CFR to Reinstate Spec Packaging Definition

On Monday, US DOT put back something it accidentally deleted from the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in October 2017; the definition of "specifica tion packaging."

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01/30/2018

First Aid or Medical Treatment? How to Tell the Difference

To accurately categorize workplace injuries that must be reported under OSHA regulations, employers need to understand the difference between "medical treatment" and "first aid." 

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01/17/2018

NJ Fence Maker Fined Nearly $200,000 for Repeat OSHA Violations

For alleged repeat violations of OSHA work safety standards, a New Jersey chain-link fence manufacturer now faces nearly $200,000 in civil penalties.   

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01/08/2018

OSHA Safety Penalties Rise for 2018

The Department of Labor this month raised civil penalties for violations of OSHA workplace safety regulations to match inflation for 2018.   

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