Knowing the labyrinth of rules and regulations that govern the process of shipping dangerous goods, is not optional knowledge. The laws that govern dangerous goods shipments can be financially burdensome, technically complex and enforced with iron-clad scrutiny. Too often, however, shippers choose to focus on saving relatively small sums of dollars by neglecting to properly train their employees in Hazardous Materials shipping guidelines and even shipping hazardous materials in non-compliant or marginally safe containers. Some shippers actually "cross-their-fingers" in the hopes that potentially dangerous shipments will get on board aircraft and not be discovered in violation of FAA or DOT regulations. However, recent fines from the FAA for these offenses start with a $50,000. price tag!! Safety, security and compliance are the main components of shipping dangerous goods in a manner which will save lives. From clothing dyes, to shampoo additives; infectious disease samples to prescription drug additives, it is the regulatory agencies and their in-field representatives that protect us from those that dare to ship unaware. For training program recommendations, call Howard Skolnik at 773.735.0700 x 113, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Archive for March, 2000
DOT has increased its presence in the field and is showing up at companies that manufacture, package, transport or use dangerous goods and the related products that are regulated. Knowing some inside information in preparation for this visit, can help your company appear knowledgeable and in order for the inspection. Just off the press, COSTHA (Conference on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles) is now offering "What To Do When The DOT Hazardous Materials Inspector Calls" as a guide to be ready to receive the DOT. Written by Lawrence (Larry) Bierlein, Esg., the book is filled with pointers for consideration. Copies are available for $17.00 + $2.00 S&H, from COSTHA at 703.451.4031 or at email@example.com.
By the 30th of June, 2000, companies that ship, store or transport hazardous materials will see a slight increase in the Registration and Fee Assessment changes per HM-208C. Small businesses (as defined by the Small Business Administration) will pay $300 per year. All other businesses will pay $2,000 per year. The term ‘shipper’ or ‘offeror’ includes selection of the package for a regulated hazardous material, transfer of a hazardous material to a carrier, classifying the material, preparing shipping papers to verify compliance, signing hazardous materials certifications on shipping papers, placing hazardous materials markings or placards on vehicles or packages, providing placard to carriers and a host of similar activities and services.