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02/04/2019

Mandatory Now: New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels for 2019

For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis.  Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.  

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05/21/2018

PHMSA to Address 2-mm Border Rule for Hazmat Labels

Following the lead of international authorities, DOT now plans to rescind or otherwise un-do a requirement for all hazmat labels to feature a 2-millimeter solid line forming the inner border.

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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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03/27/2017

Waiting for 215N: Which Hazmat Label Specs To Use?

In a January 2013 Final Rule, DOT allowed for a two-year transition period to allow shippers to deplete their stock of “old” labels and pre-printed packagings. Now, as of January 1, 2017, shippers are required to mark and label packages in line with new size requirements.   

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02/26/2016

PHMSA Issues Two Hazmat Container Interpretations

This year, PHMSA has responded to a number of requests-for-interpretation from industry professionals seeking clarity on specific parts of the Hazardous Materials Regulations at 49 CFR 171–181. These interpretations are a great representation of the way hazardous materials regulations intersect with the realities of managing and shipping hazmat in the real world. 

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07/22/2015

GHS Labels for Tanker Trucks and Rail Tank Cars

Under OSHA’s “HazCom 2012” Standard (HCS), mandatory for chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors as of June 1, 2015, containers of hazardous chemicals must display new labels and pictograms...

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07/21/2015

New Lithium Battery Shipping Rules Mandatory August 7

On August 6, 2014, PHMSA updated the lithium battery shipping provisions of the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR 171-180). The new lithium battery shipping rules more completely harmonize the US regulations with evolving international standards. While some dicrepancies remain, domestic and international rules for shipping lithium batteries are now more similar than ever...

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05/05/2015

GHS Deadline Is Less Than 30 Days Away

In 2012, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated final amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), to harmonize it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)... 

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02/26/2015

Small Containers a GHS Challenge for Chemical Industry

Before OSHA adopted GHS standards, employers could label hazardous chemicals as they saw fit—provided that employees were trained to recognize and understand the labels. Under GHS HazCom rules, a standardized label is required for all workplace containers of hazardous chemicals.   At a recent Lion Technology GHS webinar, attendees raised a big concern: How can companies fit all the newly required GHS hazard information on a container too small for a traditional label?

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01/27/2015

Pre-Transport Requirements for Hazardous Waste

Generators large and small commonly start their accumulation of hazardous waste at the point of generation under the satellite option at 40 CFR 262.34(c), moving the container to their central storage (i.e., 90-day or 180-day) area once it's full. In these instances, the container becomes subject to different communication requirements...

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