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DOT Issues at Statement Regarding New ICAO Instructions

January 29th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

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

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) understands that many offerors and carriers of hazardous materials in international transport will soon be adhering to requirements in the internationally-adopted 2019-2020 International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and Amendment 39-18 of the International Maritime Organization, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) currently authorize offerors and carriers to use the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-16 of the IMDG Code.

PHMSA gives notice that while it determines whether to adopt the 2019-2020 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code, it will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who is using these standards when all or part of the transportation is by air with respect to the ICAO Technical Instructions, or all or part of the transportation is by vessel with respect to the IMDG Code. In addition, PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or accepts, for domestic or international transportation by any mode, packages marked or labeled in accordance with these standards. This enforcement discretion will be exercised by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the United States Coast Guard.

This notice is limited to the use of the standards incorporated by reference in 49 CFR § 171. 7 ( t) and (v). Offerors and carriers must comply with all other obligations under the HMR and other applicable laws. This notice will remain in effect until rescinded or otherwise modified.

Now a sizeable reference, 2019 marks 21 Years of the Skolnik Blog!

January 22nd, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

We’ve been providing news and information in our Newsletter for more than 20 years. Combining our knowledge of the steel drum industry, the UN regulatory arena, the global network of people that we know, and our often frank observations, the Skolnik Blog has more than 1,000 articles on these special topics.

For our Dangerous Goods folks, there are topics regarding Closure Instructions, Regulatory updates including advance notice of changing regulations, answers to questions about drum coatings, options and UN markings.

For our Wine connoisseurs, there are topics relating to stainless steel winemaking, cork and other closing options, exhibition announcements and highlights of wine newsmakers.

The Blog is divided into topical categories, topical links, and archived newsletters. You can search by topic, date, or category. Also, you can leave comments, updates or ideas for future stories. Most importantly, if you have a question or a suggested topic, please leave a comment in the blog.

Medical Waste Market set to take off!

December 19th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Improved government participation in designing stringent regulatory acts is aimed at proper disposal of medical waste. Across the globe, this is becoming one of the major factors for the estimated expansion of the medical waste containers market of the future. However, low awareness about specificity of medical waste disposal containers is expected to restrain the potential medical waste containers market.

The global medical waste containers market has been segmented based on product, waste, usage, medical waste generators, and region. Based on product, the global medical waste containers market has been classified into chemotherapy containers, radioactive containers, pharmaceutical containers, sharps containers, RCRA containers, and biohazard medical waste containers. The sharps containers segment has been further divided into patient room sharps containers, phlebotomy containers, and multipurpose sharps containers. In 2017, the pharmaceutical containers segment accounted for a significant market share and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. The significant expansion of this segment is attributable to the rise in the number of health care facilities across the globe and improved regulations of the government regarding safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste. The RCRA containers segment is expected to expand at a sluggish pace between 2018 and 2026, owing to the lack of awareness about specificity of medical waste containers for specific type of wastes in emerging countries. In terms of waste, the global medical waste market has been categorized into infectious & pathological waste, non-infectious waste, radioactive waste, sharps waste, and pharmaceutical waste. The non-infectious waste segment accounted for significant revenue and market value share in 2017 because of he emergence of numerous manufacturers of medical waste containers for the non-infectious waste category. The segment is expected to remain dominant in the near future due to the rise in awareness among the health care providers who are aiming to avoid cross contamination and infections, regarding disposal of medical waste.

What’s DG? — A fun, new video from Labelmaster!!

October 23rd, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

At the recent Labelmaster Dangerous Good Symposium in Chicago, a professional camera crew took to the streets of Chicago to find out how much the public knows about Dangerous Goods, aka Hazardous Materials. Armed with placards, labels (never stickers!) and some great questions, the results are hilarious! Certainly, the public knows that they need the professionals in the Dangerous Goods world, just not sure what and where it is. Take a minute and watch this fun 6 minute video.

Thank you Labelmaster for bringing this matter to the forefront of public knowledge!