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August 2006 Newsletter
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Disruption of service

Our Website was off the Internet from 3:50 PM (1550 EDST) on Wednesday, August 9 until 12:30 AM (0030 EDST) on August 11, 2006.  Our e-mail service was also disrupted. If you sent us e-mails be on the alert for undelivered notices. We would request that any e-mail messages sent to us during the above times be re-sent. We regret the problem and promise to reply as soon as possible.

The problem was caused by the unscheduled switching to a new server due to increased traffic generated by our online training program for the cosmetics industry.

Airline Security

Due to British authorities uncovering of a plot to blow up planes destined to the United States, extensive delays have occurred at Great Britain's airports due to searches for carry-on luggage that may contain bombs or bomb-making ingredients. The threat levels in the U.S. airline industry has been raised to "High" (Orange) and for flights from Great Britain to the U.S., the threat level has been raised to "Severe" (Red).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued the following information:Fact Sheet: Guidance For Airline Passengers Raised Threat Levels:
  • The U.S. threat level is raised to Severe, or Red, for all commercial flights flying from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • The U.S. threat level is raised to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in the United States, including international flights. Flights from the United States to the United Kingdom are also Orange.
Increased Aviation Screening Procedures: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing a series of security measures, some visible and some not visible, to ensure the security of the traveling public and the nation's transportation system. TSA is immediately implementing the following changes to airport screening procedures:
  • No liquids or gels of any kind will be permitted in carry on baggage. such items must be in checked baggage. This includes all beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.

    Exceptions: Baby formula and medicines, which must be presented for inspection at the checkpoint.
  • Beverages purchased in the boarding area, beyond the checkpoint, must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
  • Passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States will be subject to a more extensive screening process.
These measures will be constantly evaluated and updated as circumstances warrant.How every passenger can assist in security:
  • Pack lightly, without clutter to facilitate easier screening
  • Arrive earlier than usual at the airport
  • Cooperate with TSA personnel at checkpoints and with airline personnel at all gates
  • Be attentive and vigilant to any suspicious activity and report it to authorities
Increased Border Protection Procedures:
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection will increase enforcement efforts in international arrival areas including the use of advanced targeting tools, special response teams including baggage and aircraft search teams, baggage x-ray equipment, specially-trained canine units, and explosive detection technology.
  • DHS has also mandated that all flights from the United Kingdom transmit passenger manifest information for intensive screening prior to departure from the gate. In addition, passengers on these flights and all other international flights will be subject to heightened inspection upon arrival in the United States.


Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK
  • August 14-15-16, 2006 - Initial Air Transportation – note: this schedule has been moved up by one day.
  • September 12, 2006 - Hazmat Training for Drivers and Warehouse Employees
  • New On Line Training for the Cosmetics Industry.

U.S. and International Transportation Laws require that any employee who prepares hazardous materials (dangerous goods) for transportation must be trained.

Perfumes, colognes and cosmetics

  • Are you a manufacturer, distributor or a sales representative for the cosmetics industry?
  • Are you responsible for training your personnel?
  • Do you ship domestically in the United State?
  • Do your sales representatives get involved with transporting sample products to promotions?
  • Do you use DOT Special Permit 9275?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions then HAZMAT training becomes a major issue for your company. We have developed a low-cost on line training program exclusively for the cosmetics industry. It addresses such issues as materials of trade (sales reps carrying product in their automobiles); consumer commodity, ORM-D by highway; storage, handling and safety for sales representatives operating out of a home office and distribution personnel; and DOT-SP-9275 which requires that hazmat employees utilizing the special permit (formerly called an exemption) must be trained. We even cover D.O.T. HAZMAT security awareness - a scaled down version for the cosmetics industry.

The advantages -

  1. You no longer have to accumulate all of your personnel at one time to attend a training class.
  2. You do not have to spend a fortune to send personnel to a generic training class for 1,2 or 3 days.
  3. All the employee needs is a computer, the Internet, and 4-6 hours over a 10 day period.
  4. A computerized test that the employee should be able to complete in 1 to 2 hours.
  5. A downloadable training booklet.
  6. A downloadable emergency response plan.
  7. A training certificate for verification to enforcement officers that the employee has been trained.

The cost? 
$50.00 U.S.
currency per employee, payable by credit card. All arrangements securely handled over our website. For more information, go back to our home page and click on "Training" in the upper left side of our opening page or press here to go direclty to the OLT course.

Important Workshop and Conferences

GHS/Environmentally Hazardous Substances, August 29, 2006

The Dangerous Goods Advisory Council will be conducting a workshop on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals on August 29, 2006 at the American Trucking Associations, Inc., in Washington, DC. If your company is involved in international trade dealing with substances that are hazardous to the environment, a responsible person from your organization should attend this informative workshop. GHS is the wave of the future. If your business is involved in exporting chemicals this is a "must-attend" event. Check with DGAC at www.dgac.org to see if there are any openings available.

DGAC's 28th Annual Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition, November 15-17, 2006.

The venue will be the Crystal City Hilton in Arlington, Virginia - just minutes from Reagan Airport in Washington, DC. This annual event brings industry leaders and regulators together for a very informative conference. It presents an opportunity to meet these prominent people personally but also to learn the latest in regulations, enforcement, and distribution techniques. Check out DGAC's website at www.dgac.org for more information.

DGAC's 2007 International Conference, March 6-7, 2007, in Prague.

This conference returns once again to the historic city of Prague, Czech Republic. Mark you calendars now and be sure to check the DGAC website in coming months.

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