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09/25/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Removes ECP Brakes Requirement for HHFTs

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 25 to remove requirements for electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems (ECP brake systems) on “high hazard flammable trains” of HHFTs.

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09/24/2018

Hazmat Movie Night: The Wages of Fear (1953)

We don’t get into pop culture too often here at Lion News, we’re mostly too busy studying the CFR, State regulations, and the Federal Register for updates that impact industry professionals. But this week, we saw a classic movie that we think hazardous materials professionals will relate to and enjoy.  

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09/24/2018

PHMSA Pre-empts California Meal Breaks for Hazmat Drivers

In California, truck drivers are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after five hours of work and a second 30-minute meal break after ten hours of work. But for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials through the state, those breaks may no longer apply.

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09/11/2018

Ford Recalls Two Million F-150s Over Smoking Seatbelts

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall for about two million F-150 pick-up trucks because of reports of smoking seatbelt pretensioners.  

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09/10/2018

Can New Hazmat Employees Work Before They’re Trained?

In the real world, a shipping department can’t stop and wait for a new employee to finish in-depth training. Clients are waiting for deliveries and product must move out the door at an increasingly rapid pace. In addition to their responsibilities for hazardous materials safety, hazmat shippers deal with the same pressures that impact logistics professionals of all stripes—pressure to be more efficient...

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09/04/2018

You're the Hazmat Inspector: 49 CFR Compliant or Not?

From time to time, shippers, carriers, and inspectors disagree about what is or is not a violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). With thousands of detailed requirements to follow, it’s no wonder that interpretations of these rules can sometimes vary from state to state, county to county, or even from inspector to inspector.  

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08/27/2018

Are Generic and N.O.S. Hazmat Names the Same Thing?

Choosing an incorrect PSN can cause further mistakes in how the material is packaged, marked, labeled, handled, and segregated—and even impact emergency response in a worst-case scenario. That's what makes understanding the ins and outs of naming hazardous materials for transport so important.  

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08/23/2018

What's New in the IATA DGR (60th Edition) for 2019?

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.  

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08/20/2018

What's New in the IMDG Code for 2019?

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.  

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08/13/2018

Is Every RCRA Waste a DOT Hazardous Material?

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...  

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