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03/23/2018

Do Dangerous Goods Belong on Driverless Vehicles?

UPDATED 03/29/18 US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a request for information, or RFI, related to the development of automated technologies for transporting hazardous materials by surface modes, i.e., highway and rail.  

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03/09/2018

OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Beryllium Exposure Standards Until May 2018

OSHA on March 2 announced its intention to delay enforcement of its stricter industry beryllium standards for general industry, maritime, and construction workplaces—including the lowered permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term exposure limit (STEL)—until May 11, 2018.  

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02/27/2018

What’s the Difference Between Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding?

When operating or working around dangerous machinery, workers can sustain serious injuries: lacerations, amputations, crushing, and, in the worst-case scenario, death. Here we’ll look at how OSHA protects workers from machine hazards through two OSHA Standards for employers that, despite similar goals, must both be followed to maintain 29 CFR compliance.  

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02/08/2018

DOT Fixes 49 CFR to Reinstate Spec Packaging Definition

On Monday, US DOT put back something it accidentally deleted from the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in October 2017; the definition of "specifica tion packaging."

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01/30/2018

First Aid or Medical Treatment? How to Tell the Difference

To accurately categorize workplace injuries that must be reported under OSHA regulations, employers need to understand the difference between "medical treatment" and "first aid." 

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01/17/2018

NJ Fence Maker Fined Nearly $200,000 for Repeat OSHA Violations

For alleged repeat violations of OSHA work safety standards, a New Jersey chain-link fence manufacturer now faces nearly $200,000 in civil penalties.   

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01/08/2018

OSHA Safety Penalties Rise for 2018

The Department of Labor this month raised civil penalties for violations of OSHA workplace safety regulations to match inflation for 2018.   

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11/13/2017

Risk vs. Hazard—What’s the Difference?

In terms of an effective safety management system (SMS) applied to dangerous goods transport, risk and hazard have two distinct meanings. By standardizing the use of these terms, international regulators hope to increase clarity and make it easier for stakeholders to include hazmat safety as part of an SMS.

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11/03/2017

DOT Needs More Input from Hazmat Shippers on 49 CFR Regulatory Review

DOT wants input from shippers, freight forwarders, carriers, and others about which 49 CFR transportation regulations are most burdensome and where PHMSA, FAA, FRA, FMSCA, and other DOT agencies can simplify or clarify the requirements to minimize that burden.    

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10/31/2017

4 Types of Hazmat Training Violations

Hazmat training mistakes are the #1 most common violation issued to shippers by DOT hazmat inspectors. While hazmat training violations are common, not all training violations are the same. Here we’ll look at four specific reasons hazmat shippers receive tickets or citations for training violations.

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