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Easy HazMat Training Options to Remain Compliant

July 30th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

More than ever before, improper or non-existent training is being viewed as the major cause of many dangerous goods incidents happening today in the US and abroad. A large percentage of the DOT‘s enforcement actions pertain to the failure of employers to provide appropriate hazardous materials training. In most cases, violations are the result of no function-specific training, or no recurrent training which is required every 3 years. We recommend that employers use outside consultants to establish and monitor the efficacy of a training program. An outside consultant can choose appropriate testing requirements, administer testing and track ongoing compliance. This includes training for new employees as well as re-training for employees that receive additional responsibilities.

While many training programs are available, Labelmaster offers face to face, classroom programs that are recognized as being of particularly high quality. Check here to learn more about these options.

For on-line training, Labelmaster also offers 9 critical courses that are essential for dangerous goods shippers and employers. These classes (https://www.labelmaster.com/shop/training) are easy to administer, can be attended from anywhere in the world, and are available 24/7.

Whether face to face or electronically, there is no reason for HazMat employers to overlook their training responsibilities.

PHMSA Announces Advisory Committee on Transportation of Lithium Batteries

June 18th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

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

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced on May 9th, 2019, that it is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee, in accordance with Section 333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. “The Department is seeking experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements for the transportation of lithium batteries,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The Committee will provide a forum for the Department to solicit stakeholder input to continually strengthen the safety of multimodal lithium battery transportation. PHMSA is seeking nominations from across the transportation and manufacturing industries to participate. Further, the Committee will advise the Department on developing policy positions for international forums and on how to increase awareness of the importance of lithium battery safety requirements. The Committee will submit their findings to both the Secretary and Congress. For further information, see the announcement as posted to the Federal Register. Nominations must be submitted within 21 days of the Federal Register publication date.

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.

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