The basis of all regulatory standards is the ability to communicate effective understanding and implementation of the requirements. Nowhere in the world are regulatory inspectors more aggressive than in the US, and nowhere in the world are companies more susceptible to non-compliance fines than in the US. For the last 4 years, Labelmaster has privately hosted the Dangerous Goods Trainer’s Symposium — a gathering of DG trainers from around the world to learn how to communicate and implement hazardous material requirements more effectively. Held just last month in Chicago (from September 23-25, 2009), the Symposium featured guest speakers Bob Richard and Nancy White of PHMSA-DOT, Donna Lepik of Chemtrec, James Gaidry of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, Jorge Cardena of the Instituto de Capacitacion International en Carga Aerea in Mexico, Bashyam Govinarajan of Tirwin Management Services in India. In addition, there were a host of Labelmaster staff presentations on dangerous goods initiatives from Jeanne Zmich, Rhonda Jessop, Tracie Cady and Neil McCullach. I was asked to present “A Clear Language Approach to Proper Closure Instructions — How to Interpret and Use Them.”
In addition to the educational aspect of the Symposium, the newly formed Dangerous Goods Trainer’s Association (DGTA) also used the Symposium to offer their DG Training Course and to hold their Board Meeting. The continued success of the meeting is possibly due to the common interest that affords participants a place for embracing creative solutions to emerging issues. Thank you Labelmaster, you gave the gift of learning to all those present.