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11/13/2017

Risk vs. Hazard—What’s the Difference?

In terms of an effective safety management system (SMS) applied to dangerous goods transport, risk and hazard have two distinct meanings. By standardizing the use of these terms, international regulators hope to increase clarity and make it easier for stakeholders to include hazmat safety as part of an SMS.

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11/03/2017

DOT Needs More Input from Hazmat Shippers on 49 CFR Regulatory Review

DOT wants input from shippers, freight forwarders, carriers, and others about which 49 CFR transportation regulations are most burdensome and where PHMSA, FAA, FRA, FMSCA, and other DOT agencies can simplify or clarify the requirements to minimize that burden.    

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10/31/2017

4 Types of Hazmat Training Violations

Hazmat training mistakes are the #1 most common violation issued to shippers by DOT hazmat inspectors. While hazmat training violations are common, not all training violations are the same. Here we’ll look at four specific reasons hazmat shippers receive tickets or citations for training violations.

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10/20/2017

2 Employers Cited for OSHA Fall Hazards

OSHA has fined 2 companies—a structural framing company in Alabama and a South Jersey construction company—for alleged violations of fall prevention, scaffolding, and other work safety regulations.   

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10/02/2017

DOT Announces 49 CFR Regulatory Review, Wants Your Input

In the Federal Register on Monday, October 2, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the start of a regulatory review to evaluate the necessity and effectiveness of existing 49 CFR regulations, including hazardous materials shipping requirements found in 49 CFR 100—181 et al.  

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10/02/2017

PHMSA, FAA Gear Up for UN Hazmat Meetings

To prepare for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dangerous goods panel meeting to be held in Montreal in mid-October, the US DOT PHMSA and FAA announced a public meeting to discuss hazmat shipping issues.   

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09/29/2017

Now in Effect: New OSHA Crystalline Silica Construction Standard

OSHA’s revised Standard for respirable crystalline silica in the construction sector took effect on September 23, 2017. OSHA updated its permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica, found at 29 CFR 1926.1153, in a Final Rule promulgated in March 2016.   

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09/19/2017

What's So Special About Hazmat Salvage Packaging?

When a package of hazardous materials becomes damaged during transportation, starts leaking, exhibits a defect, or otherwise ceases to conform to relevant standards, the entire package is placed inside a salvage packaging. That way, the packaging can be safely transported to an appropriate facility for recovery or disposal.   

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09/05/2017

Are Employers Required to Cover Costs of Voluntary Respirator Use?

If the level of air contaminants in the workplace is irritating, but not dangerously high, employees may choose to wear respirators even when not required. Even when respirator use is completely voluntary, employers and employees still must follow OSHA rules to ensure that respirators are used properly.  

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08/14/2017

The Hazmat Packaging Party Guide

Hazmat packagings come in all shapes and sizes: from single bottles and fiberboard boxes to cylinders, bulk tanks, IBCs, and more. When exposed to the rigors of ground, air, or vessel transport, your shipment is only as safe as the packaging you select.

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Lion teams up with hazmat packaging provider C.L. Smith to cover the basics of shipping hazardous materials in overpacks. Use these tips to keep shipments moving safely and in compliance with the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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Hazmat Basics: Using Overpacks