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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.
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.
In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“
As a shipper, the responsibility for hazardous materials compliance ultimately rests with you. To protect your reputation and avoid hazmat penalties, you must carefully select all potential partners who may impact the safety of your shipments. That includes freight forwarders and cargo agents.
Marvel’s latest superhero epic, Avengers: Infinity War, was released recently to great fanfare. It got us thinking: What kind of superpowers would help a dangerous goods professional ensure compliance and become a Super Shipper? To us, DG pros are already heroes. With a few extra powers, these professionals would be unstoppable!
PHMSA and OHMS have announced DOT's annual public Research and Development Forum to be held in Washington, DC on May 16–17.
Like professionals in many industries, dangerous goods pros can earn industry-specific certifications that demonstrate their expertise and commitment to hazardous materials safety. While these certifications are not required to ship, manage, or transport hazardous materials, many professionals earn and maintain them to display their expertise and improve their career prospects.
In a release posted April 5, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an aviation contractor allegedly involved in packaging oxygen generators for transport on ValuJet 592 on May 11, 1996 at Miami International Airport.
IATA has announced that the recently added 2 mm minimum size requirement for hazard label borders will be relaxed in the future.
If a carrier rejects your hazardous materials shipment, your team must spend valuable time repackaging, relabeling, rewriting paperwork, or otherwise correcting mistakes big and small. Held-up and rejected shipments disrupt logistics, stall your operations, and can severely impact the bottom line.