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07/20/2018

OSHA Releases Employer Guidance in Advance of Safe + Sound Week

Safe + Sound Week takes place from August 13–19 this year. The event is a combined effort of OSHA and safety organizations, including the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the National Safety Council (NSC).  

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07/06/2018

Hazmat Noncompliance Snuffs Out Fireworks Show

“It was all about the delivery. The product was there, the lead shooters ready, and everything was a go. But we had a problem with the Driver that was delivering the shows. Many regulations are in place for the transportation of explosives and this is what failed.”   

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06/25/2018

Hazmat Special Permits vs. Special Provisions

While hazmat special permits and special provisions sound similar, they are actually quite different. You need to know what they are and how to apply them properly in order to remain in compliance with whichever code of hazmat/dangerous goods regulations you are following. 

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06/18/2018

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Hazmat Rules for Emergency Phone Numbers, Nitric Acid, More

On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..  

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05/23/2018

Work in Permit-controlled Confined Spaces on the Rise

OSHA says that the number of establishments with permit-controlled confined spaces has risen by about 5,000, to a total of 210,281. The number of employees who enter these spaces is rising, too. 

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05/11/2018

New PHMSA Hazmat Special Permits and Applications

The DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 10 posted notice of applications for new hazmat special permits and Agency decisions regarding existing special permits applications.  

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05/11/2018

How to Choose the Right Dangerous Goods Freight Forwarder

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.   

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03/26/2018

Hazmat Security: A Critical Tool in the War on Terror

History has shown that individuals and groups with nefarious motives will stop at nothing to hurt people to advance their cause. Because these groups may target hazmat shipments for theft or intentional release, shippers and carriers must take steps to protect these shipments in transit. 

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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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