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05/22/2013

Shipping Combustible Liquids Internationally

Shipping hazmat internationally can be a challenge, especially when the U.S. DOT’s hazmat regulations differ from international standards like the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or the IMO’s IMDG Code. “Combustible liquids,” for example, are regulated as hazardous in the United States but are considered non-hazardous under international shipping rules. Because of this discrepancy...

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05/09/2013

PHMSA Reviews Hazmat Regulations for Small Business

In today’s Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) invites small businesses, non-profit organizations, and independently owned and operated businesses affected by the Hazardous Materials Regulations to submit comments regarding the economic impact of those regulations...

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04/30/2013

Managing Non-compliant Hazmat in Your Supply Chain

  • If you ship and receive hazardous materials, chances are that eventually you will receive a shipment that does not meet the DOT’s standards for hazmat packages, whether it’s undeclared, mis-declared, or damaged. Hazmat shipping mistakes are especially common in the reverse logistics supply chain, since your customers may not have the training needed to...

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04/19/2013

Revised Hazmat Registration Fees

Due to the accumulation of an unexpended balance in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Fund, PHMSA is temporarily halving the hazmat registration fee.
 
For the 2013-2014 registration period, PHMSA is lowering the fee for small businesses and non-profits, from...

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04/16/2013

Hazmat Registrations Are Due by June 30th

Department of Transportation hazmat registrations for the 2013-2014 year are due by June 30! Any business that will offer even one placarded hazmat shipment this year must register with the DOT.
 
Registrations must be updated annually, and the registration period runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. Your registration tells the...

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03/19/2013

OSHA Lifts Prohibition on HCS & DOT Labels on Same Package

A HazCom rule change has been announced that will affect labeling of all hazardous materials packages.  The new rule makes an important adjustment to new requirements OSHA adopted last year, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classifying and labeling chemicals.
 
The rule in question pertains to....

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03/19/2013

DOT Basic Descriptions: Shipping Papers vs. Marks and Labels

A common question raised in Lion’s hazmat workshops lately is how the DOT’s recent change to the order of elements for basic descriptions will affect marking and labeling procedures for packages. Read on for answers to this common question and a refresher on the package marking and labeling requirements...

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02/19/2013

How to Classify Hazmat That Changes Its Characteristics

Q. I have to ship some solid phosphoric acid powder. The Hazardous Material Table says it’s a Class 8—Corrosive hazardous material. I thought that Class 8 was only for corrosive liquids. What’s up with that?
 
A. A material is a Class 8 hazmat if it fails the tests given in 49 CFR 173.137. The procedures for those tests are calibrated for...

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01/22/2013

New Requirements for Limited Quantities & Consumer Commodities

Q. Settle a bet. My co-worker says a limited quantity hazmat package doesn’t need shipping papers; I say that exception is only for consumer commodities. Who’s right?
 
A. You’re both a little bit right, and you’re both a little bit wrong...

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12/18/2012

IMO Releases New IMDG 2012 Edition

The 2012 Edition of the International Maritime Organization’s IMDG Code is now available! The voluntary, or “phase-in,” compliance period for the new Amendment 36-12 begins on January 1, 2013, and compliance with the new rules is mandatory starting January 1, 2014.
 
The new amendment includes a number of significant changes that will affect hazmat vessel shipping operations over the next two years. An overview of the most critical changes appears below...

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