The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its annual summary of significant changes to its Dangerous Goods Regulations, or DGR, the manual used by air shippers around the world to ensure compliance with applicable international hazmat regulations.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) this fall will publish a new edition of its International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), the manual used by hazmat vessel shippers to ensure compliance with US and international hazardous materials/dangerous goods transport requirements.
When you work in EHS, you learn fast that similar words and phrases often have distinct meanings and that understanding these meanings is crucial to staying in compliance. Terms like “hazardous waste,” “hazardous material,” “hazardous substance,” and “hazardous pollutant” look very similar...
The 60th Edition IATA DGR, which shippers must comply with starting January 1, 2019, is now available for pre-order. For a limited time, shippers who pre-order the 2019 IATA DGR at Lion.com save $10 and get free ground shipping anywhere in the US. The pre-sale deal ends October 15, 2018.
US FAA issued a six-figure fine for a Hong Kong company that allegedly shipped lithium batteries, undeclared, by air. Besides failing to properly classify, name, package, mark, label or document the shipment, the company also did not provide requried hazmat training for employees, according to FAA.
Citing an increased frequency of liquid spills in the mail network, the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposed new requirements for packages containing liquids—including liquid hazardous materials—on July 9, 2018. If finalized, the proposed rule will add new requirements for packaging and marking packages containing liquids for transport by mail.
“It was all about the delivery. The product was there, the lead shooters ready, and everything was a go. But we had a problem with the Driver that was delivering the shows. Many regulations are in place for the transportation of explosives and this is what failed.”
While hazmat special permits and special provisions sound similar, they are actually quite different. You need to know what they are and how to apply them properly in order to remain in compliance with whichever code of hazmat/dangerous goods regulations you are following.
The Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) recently shared an interpretation from the Mexican transportation authority that makes it clear that Mexico expects hazmat labels to be placed with the “vertex upwards,” i.e., as a square-on-point, or a square at a 45-degree angle, no matter the size of the package.
On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..
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