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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

March 30th, 2021 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

As a result of our February 2021 newsletter, we were learned that many of our “non-hazmat” readers did not know that the steel drum industry is regulated by the Pipeline for Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an arm of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). When most people think of the DOT, they naturally think of transportation; planes, trains, automobiles, ships and highways. But the DOT also regulates items classified as dangerous goods, or hazardous materials, that are packaged and transported on public right of way via those planes, trains, automobiles, ships and highways.

The United States Department of Transportation was created by act of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1966. The purpose of the Department of Transportation was/ is to create, develop, and coordinate policies to provide an efficient and economical national transportation system. This system will incorporate respect for the environment, regards the needs of the people, and will employ and monitor national defense of the transportation system. This is the primary organization at the cabinet level to shape and administer policies that protect and enhance the safety, adequacy and efficiency of the United States transportation services and system.

The primary regulatory vehicle used to govern the safe transport of dangerous goods is Title 49 of the US Code of Federal Regulations. CFR Title 49 – Transportation, is one of fifty titles comprising the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Title 49 is the principal set of rules and regulations issued by the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, and other federal agencies of the United States regarding transportation and transportation related security. Publication of Title 49 began in 1938, at which point it was entitled Transportation and Railroads.

Part 178 of Title 49 CFR prescribes the manufacturing and testing specifications for packaging and containers used for the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce. The requirements of this part apply to packagings manufactured to a DOT specification, or to a UN standard for packagings manufactured within the United States. A manufacturer of a packaging is subject to the requirements of this part and is responsible for compliance with these requirements. However, any person who performs a function prescribed in this part shall also perform that function in accordance with this part. Part 178 also requires that a packaging be marked with a DOT specification or UN standard marking. Marking of the packaging with the appropriate DOT or UN markings is the certification that all requirements of the DOT specification, or UN standard, including performance tests, are met and all functions performed by, the person or entity whose name or symbol appears as part of the marking conform to requirements specified in this part.

See the complete 49 CFR here.

HazChem Environmental and the Salvage Drum Rescue

March 23rd, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Salvage Drum, Skolnik Newsletter

With thanks to our long time customer, HazChem Environmental, we just learned about a dangerous goods spill incident in which our (Skolnik) 85 Gallon Salvage Drums came to the rescue to quickly and efficiently contain a potentially dangerous situation.

On January 22, 2021, one of the largest freight-transport companies in the world called HazChem Environmental at 4:57 a.m. with a major problem. “Resin had spilled on a trailer at one of their Chicagoland terminals,” explained Chris Johnson, Co-Owner of HazChem. Overexposure to resin may affect the central nervous system causing dizziness, headache or nausea. It can also have a negative impact on hearing, and can cause respiratory tract damage. The incident was that one damaged 55-gallon open-top-steel drum was causing the problem. There was a small puncture in the bottom of the drum, about the size of a nail-hole. “Once our crew arrived at this spill, they did exactly what they are trained to do,” said Alan Shapiro, Co-Owner of HazChem. “They did a thorough check of all the drums containing Resin to see if there was any leak. They inspected the drums by hand, then lifted both up with a forklift to see if there was leakage from both drums, and there was!” “With both drums leaking, Shapiro said, “we had a sufficient amount of 85-gallon Overpack Steel Drums to solve the problem.”

The HazChem crew at this particular spill put both leaking drums into Skolnik Overpacks, sealed them up and put them in the HazChem Emergency Truck. The onsite crew then finished cleaning the inside of the resin-filled trailer with oil dry, pads, shovels and scrappers. The crew then cleaned up the back of the trailer and the ground outside which had also been covered with the spilled resin.

A good end to a potentially dangerous outcome. Our thanks to HazChem!

Check out the fully story here:

US Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as Head of DOT

February 16th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The US Senate has confirmed Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the administration of President Joe Biden. Buttigieg, 39, is former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and also ran for president in 2020. He is the youngest person to be confirmed to head the DOT, and the first openly gay member of the Cabinet. Industry trade groups welcomed the confirmation. Buttigieg will be tasked to work on infrastructure issues as well as the development of new technologies like electric vehicles, and helping manage the country’s pandemic-related travel restrictions. The Federal Aviation Administration falls under the DOT. “As the Biden Administration looks to enact comprehensive infrastructure investment, we look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to continue prioritizing the safety and health of passengers and employees as our industry and the nation looks to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic – the most devastating crisis the airline industry has ever experienced,” said A4A chief executive Nicolas Calio. The Biden administration has made fighting the global pandemic a top priority and in its first two weeks introduced numerous stricter measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Free HazMat Training Webinars from DOT

November 17th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

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

PHMSA offers Hazmat transportation training workshops and webinars throughout the year. These free training opportunities are for anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials in commerce, or has a desire to learn more about DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

PHMSA conducts webinars specialized to meet the needs of industry or the public safety community. Transportation webinars provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements – what they are, how they apply, and how to comply with them – for shipping and transporting Hazardous Materials.

To register for any of the webinars below, please use the following link:

What are Limited Quantities of Dangerous Goods?

October 20th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

All materials which meet the criteria of one of the nine (9) hazard classes are regulated as hazardous materials for transport. However, when the amount of certain hazardous material packed within a package is limited, the magnitude of the hazard is reduced but not eliminated. Thus, exceptions can be applied for packaging and hazard communication as authorized for certain hazard classes.

In order to qualify for these exceptions, the US Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171?180; HMR), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO TI), Transport Canada’s Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG), and other international regulatory texts authorize specific quantity limitations per inner and outer packaging for each hazard class and packing group. If the quantity of material contained within the inner packaging is below these limitations, and the gross weight of the outer package is within the authorized limits the consignment may be offered for transportation as a limited quantity.

The HMR, IMDG Code, and TDG typically limit the amount of material allowed within the largest inner packaging in a combination package and limit the gross weight of the package, while the ICAO TI limits the net quantity of hazardous material in the package.
Click here for guidance on Limited Quantities in air, sea, road and rail.

A New Dangerous Goods Resource for Everything!

September 22nd, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

In mid August, Labelmaster launched their new DG Exchange. The DG Exchange is an online community where any DG and supply chain business professionals can share ideas, learn and collaborate to understand and better navigate dangerous goods issues, challenges and trends. Have a question about new shipping regulations? Need help transporting lithium batteries safely? Struggling to improve compliance within your supply chain? Finding solutions to those questions through information sharing and peer support is exactly why the DG Exchange has been created. Furthermore, the DG Exchange is an online community where any DG and supply chain business professionals can share ideas, learn and collaborate to understand and better navigate dangerous goods issues, challenges and trends.

Whether your organization ships dangerous goods daily or a few packages a year, the DG Exchange is a place where professionals at all levels of an organization can come to better understand the complex world of dangerous goods and gain valuable information, insights and connections that will enable them to enhance business performance, improve operations, drive revenue and more.

Not only is it the dangerous goods industry’s first digital community, it’s also the new home for the DG Symposium, so you’ll find all of this year’s planned Symposium content in a new, virtual space.

Register now for the DG Exchange atwww.dgexchange.com