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Move Over It’s the Law

April 23rd, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

If your car has ever broken down or you have had a flat tire, being stranded on the side of a road, can be very dangerous. Cars and trucks speeding by just inches away leaves too little margin for error and could easily result in a disastrous crash. America’s first responders — police, fire, EMT’s — face this peril every day in the line of duty. Also at risk are tow truck drivers, highway workers, utility workers and others whose jobs sometimes require that they park their vehicle on the roadway or the side of the road.

More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways. In fact, traffic-related incidents, including vehicle crashes, are one of the leading causes of death for law enforcement officers. In 2017, 47 officers lost their lives in traffic-related incidents, with nine officers struck and killed outside their vehicles. Already in 2019, responder fatalities include 7 law enforcement officers. From 2007 to 2017, 39 percent of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were lost in traffic-related incidents. Many have been seriously injured. This is a tragedy and completely preventable.

To keep people from being killed or injured in these situations, all fifty states now have mandatory “Move Over” laws. Details vary, but assume that if you see a vehicle with emergency lights or flashers on, you are required to move over a lane and slow down.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will continue to raise awareness of this important issue through its ongoing safety campaign: Move Over. It’s the Law.

Every driver has a part to play in keeping first responders safe. When you see a first responder or other vehicle with flashing lights, please slow down, move over, and give them space to stay safe. “Move Over” is not only the law in all fifty states, but is also the courteous thing to do. And when you safely move over, you are signaling to the drivers behind you that they should follow your lead.

NTSB the 2019 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements

March 26th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

The National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, during a recent event held at the National Press Club. First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents.

The 10 items on the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements are:

  • Eliminate Distractions
  • End Alcohol and Other Drug Impairment
  • Ensure the Safe Shipment of Hazardous Materials
  • Fully Implement Positive Train Control
  • Implement a Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes
  • Improve the Safety of Part 135 Aircraft Flight Operations
  • Increase Implementation of Collision Avoidance Systems in All New Highway Vehicles
  • Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents
  • Require Medical Fitness — Screen for and Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Strengthen Occupant Protection

“The 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List advocates for 46 specific safety recommendations that can and should be implemented during these next two years nd It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public. Read more…

Shippers Must Have Closure Instructions on File

March 19th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

By now, most of our Newsletter readers know that for all HazMat packagings, the packaging manufacturer is required by CFR 178.2(c) to deliver Closure Instructions with each package sold. Recently, a customer informed us that one of their other suppliers for a hazmat packaging refused to give them a Closure Instruction and UN Certification, claiming it was “proprietary information.” This is completely untrue and puts a shipper in danger of being non-compliant with DOT! Furthermore, if the shipper chooses to close theirs package without following the specific Closure Instructions from the manufacturer, the shipper would also be liable for a DOT non-compliance violation. Closure Instructions for steel drums require that the closing of a steel drum be translated into a technical instruction. These instructions are written without any DOT guidelines but must indicate the measures necessary in order to properly secure a package for transport. DOT does expect Closure Instructions to include some reference to torque capacities. These measures may include; specially calibrated tools; measurements; torque; and other familiar references. Because UN certified drums in the US must be re-tested annually, be sure that your Steel Drum supplier is providing current Closure Instructions that meet the requirements of CFR 178.2(c), and that you use the tools necessary to comply with these instructions. Some tools may require scheduled recalibrations. Lastly, verify that the Closure Instructions are being followed at each shipping location. Click here to verify that you have current SKOLNIK Closure Instructions for all your SKOLNIK containers.

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.