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07/01/2019

What is Hydrogen Sulfide and Why is it a Lethal Hazard?

Depending on the industry you work in (for instance gas and oil), you may need to be cautious of a dangerous gas: hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  To protect yourself and co-workers from this gas, you must know the warning signs of exposure and the hazards posed by H2S in the workplace.   

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06/24/2019

USPS to Test Smaller Hazmat Labels for Small Quantities

In their most recent Postal Bulletin, USPS announced a pilot program that would allow mailers to use smaller versions of the Excepted Quantity and Limited Quantity hazardous materials markings required on outer packagings.  

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06/24/2019

Fedex to Penalize e-Commerce Shippers $350 Fine for Each Hazmat Violation

Ebay has announced to its sellers that as of June 1, 2019, FedEx is charging a $350 fee for each incident of improperly shipped hazardous materials.

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06/18/2019

E-Manifests and 49 CFR: Paper Copies Still Required

One of the benefits of the e-manifest system is that we no longer need physical hard copies of manifests to accompany hazardous waste shipments.  But just because EPA is fine with no paper copy, the same is not true for the Department of Transportation (DOT).  

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06/10/2019

Ask the Expert: The Web's 10 Most Asked Hazmat Questions (Pt. 1)

In our Hazmat Autocomplete Challenge video, we used a popular search engine to collect the most-asked questions about hazardous materials compliance.

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05/28/2019

Spring 2019 Unified Agenda: Hazmat Rules to Watch

Just before Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.

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05/14/2019

PHMSA to Host 2020 ERG Meeting

The US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT PHMSA) will host a public meeting on June 17, 2019 in Washington D.C. to receive and respond to stakeholder input on the development of the 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).  

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04/08/2019

PHMSA Issues Emergency Hazmat Waivers for Nebraska, Iowa Disaster Areas

To facilitate recovery in states affected by the "bomb cyclone," flooding, and winter storms, DOT PHMSA issued two Emergency Hazmat Waivers last month.

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04/02/2019

May Hazmat & RCRA Workshops: Updated for 2019

Experience fully-engaged training that does more than meet relevant training mandates. Reserve your seat now for  hazardous materials and hazardous waste management training workshops in Spring 2019.

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03/22/2019

Caught on Tape: Lithium Battery Fire Destroys 23 E-Bikes in Spain

As energy storage technology improves, so will the ferocity with which lithium batteries can potentially ignite or “explode.” For safety professionals, this means that training on safe lithium battery handling procedures may be a smart addition to any workplace safety program—and may even be required under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

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