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07/17/2012

What's so Great About Excepted Quantities?

Q. What are Excepted Quantity shipments? How do I prepare small packages as excepted quantity shipments by ground and by air?
 
A. Did you know there is a way to avoid almost all of the hazardous material regulations, to ship hazmat with no special packaging, no hazard labels, and no special shipping papers? There’s only one catch...

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07/09/2012

New Highway Bill Raises Civil Penalties for Hazmat Violations

On Friday, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury (MAP-21) highway bill.  This bill made significant changes to the hazmat portions of the current highway law, including increasing civil penalties for hazmat violations...

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07/02/2012

DOT Training Requirements for Signing a Waste Manifest

“I have an employee that is responsible for signing the manifest for our off site shipments of hazardous waste. I have heard that this employee is subject to DOT training. If this is true, what training must I provide to this employee?”
 
This is a common question that is asked by compliance managers at sites dealing with...

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07/01/2012

Last Chance to Update Your Shipping Papers

Beginning January 2013, any shipping papers printed with the old style hazmat description (PSN first) will be subject to rejection by the transporter, enhanced inspection by the authorities, and possible civil fines.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) establishes requirements for...

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06/19/2012

ERI Contract Numbers

Q. I was told by my carrier that, in addition to listing an emergency response telephone number on my shipping papers, I would also need to write down my emergency provider contract number next to it. Is this true?
 
A.  Not exactly.
 
Unless specifically exempted, every hazmat shipment that needs shipping papers also needs...

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05/29/2012

Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air: How to Calculate Q Values

Q. I want to ship a package that contains multiple dangerous goods in the same package. What special concerns do I have when preparing it for air shipment?
 
A. When shipping dangerous goods by air, most carriers require you to follow the...

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05/15/2012

Don’t Forget Hazmat Registrations Are Due By June 30!

Q. Does a company always need to register with the DOT if it ships hazardous materials?
 
A. Not everyone who ships or carries hazmat needs to register the activity with the DOT. Only those who transport, or offer for transport, any quantity of high-consequence material, or large quantities of any hazardous material need to file paperwork and...

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04/17/2012

The Materials of Trade Exception

Q. I was told I can move hazardous materials in my own vehicle (like cans of paint, jugs of gasoline, batteries, etc.) without being subject to DOT’s hazmat regulations. Is this true?
 
A. Absolutely! Based on what kind and how much hazardous material you are moving, you may be able to ...

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03/20/2012

Hazmat Shipping Regulations: Domestic vs International

Q. Why can’t I just follow the DOT rules for all modes of transport? Why are there separate rules for air and vessel?
 
A. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under the authority granted by Congress in the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA), promulgates and enforces the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) that govern the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in the United States. The HMR are...

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03/15/2012

ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

Last month in Montreal, the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a working group to discuss the unique hazards and challenges facing shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. Representatives from 13 countries, alongside various industry and labor organizations, joined to address...

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