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Archive for 2016

Bill of Lading Claims Toughen Up

November 22nd, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

For years, claims for in-transit damage were easily filed based on the expectation that a Bill of Lading satisfied a carrier’s need to determine damage. Providing a B/L was all that was needed to demonstrate that goods were shipped as packaged, but then arrived damaged. However, as of August 13, 2016, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has introduced a new law in which shippers will now have to prove that the carrier was negligent. Proof will require more than a signed Bill of Lading and might include photographs, employee statements and tracking data. The shipper groups including the Transportation and Logistics Council, are disputing this change and claim changes to NMFTA’s uniform bill of lading would affect millions of shipments and place an unfair onus on smaller businesses that ship goods without motor carrier agreements, relying on the bill of lading as the contract. The shipper has the burden of proof to show a shipment was tendered in good condition, delivered in damaged condition, and then the burden shifts to the carrier, to prove it was not negligent. If the trucking company does prove it wasn’t negligent, citing exculpatory force majeure causes such as impassable highways or by offering evidence the shipper was responsible for the damage, then “the shipper then has the burden of proving the carrier was wrong,”
The dispute contains echoes of shipper-carrier regulatory battles of past decades, before the Surface Transportation Board terminated antitrust immunity for motor carrier rate bureaus in 2007 and the Interstate Commerce Commission was closed in 1996. The current dispute, however, may not find a ready arbitrator in Washington. Read the full story here.

What to Consider When Choosing Hazardous Waste Containers

November 17th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: HazMat, Safety

When it comes to containers, it is important to know that the container you choose was designed and approved for your intended use. This is especially important when it comes to hazardous materials or waste containers.

Just as there is a wide range of hazardous materials: explosives, gasses, flammables, peroxides, infectious, radioactive, corrosive; there are a wide range of hazardous waste containers. Knowing your materials and their characteristics is an important component of hazmat safety.

First, a shipper must determine whether or not the contents to be shipped is hazardous or non-hazardous. To make this initial determination, as hipper can consult with the US DOT or a dangerous goods consultant. If it is determined that the contents are a regulated hazardous material, then the next step is to consider packaging options that will be compliant with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The regulations specific to steel drums are in chapter 178.601.

Consider asking a dangerous goods consultant to determine the level of risk associated with your materials. Are they flammable? Do they produce toxic fumes? Is it an oxidizer? How does it react to water? Does it pose a threat to the environment? All of these characteristics could impact what linings, closures, fittings and materials you should consider when choosing a container. They also impact how your containers should be stored. For example, in the case of a spill or leak, oxidizers should be kept separate from any flammable or combustible chemicals. In the case of a fire, you’ll want to know how your materials react to water or other fire suppressors. Once you’ve found the appropriate container, keep your materials in their designated containers at all times, and always have a plan for a possible leak or emergency situations.

One of the most common uses of Skolnik steel drums is in their use in managing the safe transportation and disposal of hazardous waste materials. Every Skolnik steel drum was engineered for specific uses and jobs. We are happy to help guide you to the appropriate packaging for your hazardous materials or waste, and can even suggest resources which help you better understand and comply with the hazards of your materials.

How Airlines Are Enforcing the Ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

November 15th, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Last month, the DOT banned all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from airplanes. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), announced an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.
If you are in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, and are planning to travel by air as a passenger, this is what you need to know:

  1. If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
  2. Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  3. Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.
  4. If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.  
  5. If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

Having recently flown, I have personally seen this ban enforced! View the full story here.

2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium to Open with NY Times Columnist Eric Asimov

November 8th, 2016 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Noted New York Times wine critic, columnist and book author Eric Asimov, will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on the opening day of the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Tuesday, January 24, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Asimov promises to deliver a thoughtful and provocative appraisal of the current state of American winemaking and key trends shaping the future. Asimov’s extraordinarily diverse experience with wine spans the globe and includes an intimate familiarity with numerous growers and winemakers and their stories. Before he started writing full-time about wine for The Times in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. In 1992, he created the ‘$25 and Under’ restaurant reviews, which he wrote for The Times through 2004. Asimov became The Times’ chief wine critic, and since 1995, has authored a number of books on food and wine including, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto”. The luncheon kicks off three days of symposia with two days of trade show. General sessions along with many break-out sessions offer a wide variety of subjects key to grape growing and winemaking. Created by ASEV and CAWG, and built with the joint input of growers, vintners, and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with over 650 suppliers displaying their products and services. For additional information, please call (888) 559-9530 or visit www.unifiedsymposium.org. Skolnik Industries will be exhibiting at the show displaying out complete line of stainless steel wine barrels. You can find us at booth number 1205. For complimentary passes to the symposium contact Jason Snow at jason@skolnik.com.