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Renewal of “M” Numbers

May 17th, 2022 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

At the recent Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) Technical Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, an update was provided to RIPA members on recent changes:

  1. Beginning in November 2017, U.S. DOT began putting registered “M” numbers on a 5-year cycle for renewal.
  2. M-Number holders were given one year to write into DOT and preserve their number(s). RIPA assisted its members in fulfilling this task.
  3. Reconditioner numbers (“R” Numbers and “Registered Symbols” were allowed to continue for the purpose of marking packaging).
  4. Members were advised to look for correspondence from DOT re-establishing their M Number(s), as many are coming due for renewal in late 2022 and early 2023.

The RIPA meeting was well attended and featured an outstanding presentation by Bill Schoonover, PHMS OHMS, on “DOT Looks to the Future of Regulation”.

When a HazMat shipment is Rejected!

October 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

Rejected shipments are classified dangerous goods shipments that did not meet the regulatory requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations. A rejected shipment can be the result of incorrect shipping papers, damaged packagings, non-compliant packagings, wrong markings and labels, or other mistakes. International and national regulations are frequently changing and thus, it is increasingly difficult for an organization to be sure they are compliant with all the legal shipping requirements. An incorrect shipping label can stop your shipment for days or even weeks. This simple mistake can cost your business thousands of dollars in fees, repackaging expenses, and costly delays. There a also the risk of compromising your customer’s trust. Therefore, once your shipment is rejected, what should you do?

First, the shipper must inform their shipping agent of the rejection. At that point, the shipping agent should contact the companies that will provide assistance for compliance. If the shipping agent is not able to offer a corrective action, then the Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) has member specialists that can help via telephone or travel on-site and run your rejected shipment through a dangerous goods checklist to ensure your shipment complies with the regulations. Depending on the reason for rejection, the goal is to properly prepare your rejected shipment and get it back into transportation!

Click HERE to contact COSTHA.

PHMSA 2019 Enforcement Activities

January 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Each year, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline of Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) publishes a list of the fines that they have given for violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR49. DOT is becoming a very aggressive regulator, and manufacturers and shippers must be sure they are complying with the rules. Recently, DOT issued its Annual Civil Penalty Report for 2019. The Agency processed a total of 418 penalty actions in that year, resulting in the collection of $2,615,244 in civil penalties.

DOT issued 13 penalties to eight (8) manufacturers and reconditioners of industrial packagings. The highest penalty was for $26,680, and one was a low as $1,213. The average penalty issued was just under $9,500.00.

The most common penalties for the industry were:

  1. Failure to conduct the required hazardous materials training, (particularly function specific training);
  2. Failure to maintain proper training records; and
  3. Failure to maintain proper design type test records.

DOT is on our streets and in our businesses, checking test records and procedures. Take the time to verify that your CFR requirements are being performed and documented.

Report Issued by RIPA on US Reconditioning Activity

November 24th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Reusable packagings continue to thrive in the global economy. To understand the breakdown of the usage of these packagings, the Reuseable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) has released a biennial report on industrial container reconditioning in the US. The report presents summary data on the annual production of reconditioned steel and plastic 55-gallon drums as well as 275- and 330-gallon composite “intermediate bulk containers” (IBCs). Data reported is for calendar year 2019. This report also profiles the container reconditioning industry in terms of industry practices, processes used, equipment used, employee training, markets served, customer service and regulatory compliance. The association last conducted a similar survey for calendar year 2017 as well as other surveys every 2 years preceding that date.

“We believe this biennial report is useful to RIPA members as well as other interested parties in seeing trends in production,” says Technical Director C.L. Pettit. The report can be used to benchmark other packaging businesses,” explained Pettit. “The RIPA study is the only one of its kind produced by the industry itself,” he added. Click here to see the entire report.

DGS Symposium on Dangerous Goods will now be Virtual and Free!

May 26th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Hosted annually by Labelmaster, this year’s DGS Symposium (Sept 9 – 11, 2020) was planned for Chicago. However, due to the social-distancing mandates that will be imposed during the autumn months, they have decided to create the industry’s first virtual Dangerous Goods Symposium that will include live streaming panels and 1:1 conversations, on-demand regulatory updates and more featuring the most sought-after DG experts.

From your home, you will be able to attend:

  • Live Q&A sessions and panels with industry and regulatory leaders scheduled at specific days and times between September 9th and September 11th
  • On demand regulatory update presentations for viewing on whatever day and time is best for you
  • Live streaming small group sessions, based on industry or interest
  • Private, one-on-one meetings with industry leaders
  • Networking opportunities and games
  • And, it’s FREE

Topics will range from:

  • International and North American regulatory updates
  • PHMSA work session for operations, investigations and looking forward
  • The FBI, Homeland Security and Dangerous Goods
  • Compliance vs. Competence
  • A look at China’s regulatory complexities
  • Technology in transportation
  • Cross generational training: Challenges and opportunities
  • And, of course, Lithium Battery Friday!

Put the Symposium on your calendar for Sept 9- Sept 11, 2020.

Then register to attend at: www.labelmaster.com/symposium Thank you Labelmaster for turning lemons into lemonade!!!

Pack it Right! Ship it Right!

February 25th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

A compliant shipment of dangerous goods has never been more critical, more complex and more expensive if done improperly. In addition to lives at risk, planes, ships, trains, trucks and all public right-of-way can be severely impacted when an incident does occur. In order to educate shippers on how to identify, pack and ship hazardous materials, many agencies and industry partners are developing resources to provide the latest in safety regulation as well as videos and tools on how to transport products safely. The Council on Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), has gathered this information and created a web page that is an outstanding resource for learning about compliant shipping of dangerous goods / hazardous materials. Check out the webpage and learn how you can help to ensure that regulated shipments in commerce are properly prepared.