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10/05/2020

New PHMSA Hazmat Enforcement Policy for Air and Sea Shippers

“PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or accepts for domestic or international transportation by any mode....” 

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06/10/2020

NTSB Calls for Stricter Lithium Battery Air Shipping Regs

NTSB's lithium battery safety recommendations result from an investigation of a 2016 incident in which individually packaged lithium-ion batteries of cargo ignited on a delivery truck after the batteries flew on two cargo planes.

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11/25/2019

2020 Preview: 3 Hazmat Rules to Watch

We review three hazardous materials rulemakings to keep an eye out for in 2020. These rules appeared in DOT PHMSA's section of the Fall 2019 Unified Agenda and relate to harmonization with international standards, safe transport of lithium batteries by air, and more. 

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03/12/2019

Coming Soon: 49 CFR Harmonization Rule HM 215O

Harmony: It sounds great when the Beach Boys do it in a song. When world governments harmonize their hazardous materials safety regulations to facilitate international commerce—well, that’s a little different.

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12/05/2017

IATA Posts 2018 Dangerous Goods Acceptance Checklists for Air Shipments

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently posted new 2018 acceptance checklists for airline operators to use before accepting dangerous goods for air transport. These new acceptance checklists supplement the 59th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), which takes effect January 1, 2018.   

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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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06/21/2017

ICAO Posts Addendum II to the 2017-18 TI

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has now posted the second addendum to its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, or “TI” for short. 

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04/12/2017

ICAO Posts Addendum I to the 2017-18 Technical Instructions for DG by Air

On April 7, 2017, the International Civil Aviation Organization released the first addendum to its 2017-18 Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.   

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02/12/2016

Congress Considers Lithium Battery Air Ban

A Bill introduced in the US Senate this week, would give the Federal Aviation Administration authority to ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries from being carried as cargo on passenger airlines. If passed, the legislation would: 

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