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Although the lithium-ion battery is just about 30 years old, it has “created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind,” according to the Nobel committee. For these reasons, the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to the creators of the lithium-ion battery.
A roundup of recent hazardous materials regulatory activity, including recent PHMSA actions on hazmat special permits, a hazmat R&D roundtable announced for October, and updates to the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry.
To safely ship hazardous materials by any mode of transport, attention to detail is crucial. This is especially true when preparing hazmat air shipments. From special marks and labels used only for the air mode to extra requirements for shipping papers, the rules for shipping hazmat by air are more stringent than the ground regulations–for good reason.
To help EHS professionals in California secure up-to-date training for hazardous waste personnel, Lion recently launched the online course Storing & Shipping Hazardous Waste in California—Ops.
Smoke and fire could be seen as far away as downtown St. Louis after a tank car carrying methyl isobutyl ketone caught fire in Dupo, IL, resulting in area evacuations and power outages. However, no one was injured in the incident.
Any business that sells lithium battery powered equipment should be ready for the possibility that customers may return devices with damaged batteries or bring back their recalled items for a replacement.
In Part 2 of our Hazmat Autocomplete series, Lion instructor Flip De Rea gives unscripted responses to a rapid-fire series of frequently searched-for questions about hazardous materials shipping and compliance.
Besides a newly designed cover, the 61st Edition IATA DGR features some new and changing regulations that hazardous materials shippers and carriers should be aware of. Mandatory compliance with the new edition IATA DGR starts on January 1, 2020.
In this week's Roundup, a trucking company will pay $3 million for illegal hazardous materials transport, a former chemical plant manager is sentenced to 12 months probation for Clean Water Act violations, and five San Francisco bay-area marinas will pay for SPCC Plan violations.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned some 15-inch MacBook Pros from US flights due to concerns over faulty lithium batteries.
Your hazmat paperwork is the first thing a
DOT inspector will ask for during an
inspection. From hazmat training
records to Special Permits, make sure your hazmat documents are in order.