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02/11/2019

Burning Love: How DOT and OSHA Regulate Flammable Materials

Whether you’re shopping for a last-minute gift of perfume or cologne, painting your nails or applying mascara for a hot date, or un-corking a bottle of wine to drink by candlelight, flammable and combustible materials play a major role in our celebration of this lovers’ holiday.  

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02/04/2019

Mandatory Now: New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels for 2019

For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis.  Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.  

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02/04/2019

366 Days in Jail for Hazmat Shipping Violations?

The owner of a trucking company has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for hazardous materials shipping violations, conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

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01/31/2019

What's So Dangerous About Lithium Batteries?

Lithium battery events are actually very unlikely. When calculated out, there are usually only around two or three battery-related events per one million batteries. However, when an event does occur, it is extremely dangerous.  

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01/28/2019

Amazon to Add Dangerous Goods Fees for Sellers

Amazon has introduced new fees related to dangerous goods shipped using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, which apply to flammable or pressurized aerosols and items containing lithium ion batteries.

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01/15/2019

DOT Hazmat Inspections Continue Under Shutdown

Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.

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11/27/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Raises Hazmat Penalties for 2019

This minor adjustment occurs once per year—but with penalties assessed on a per day, per violation basis, even small increases to penalties can quickly add up.

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11/26/2018

PHMSA Proposes HM 215-O to Harmonize 49 CFR with International Hazmat Requirements

Updates in the proposed rule will incorporate recent amendments to international regulation and consensus standards into 49 CFR and make changes to nearly every part of the hazmat rules, including Proper Shipping Names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, and quantity limits. 

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11/19/2018

DOT Empty vs. RCRA Empty: What's the Difference?

Complying with rules from two different regulatory agencies at the same time can be very tricky territory. Here's how to tackle it.

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11/13/2018

New EPA Rules Will Facilitate Worldwide Airbag Recall

Update: US EPA published its Interim Final Rule Safe Management of Recalled Airbags to the Federal Register on Friday, November 30.

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