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September 2006 Newsletter
News Archive
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The fifth annual tribute to the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001 took place as we were putting the finishing touches to this Newsletter. Throughout the United States and other parts of this fragile world people paused in silence or said a prayer for the victims and their families. Most of us can vividly recall exactly where we were on 9-11-01 as terrorists brought death to innocent people. More than two thousand children lost one parent that day. Sadly, a few lost both parents.
Pray for Peace.

Transportation Security

Stay alert. Report suspicious activities.
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and the web

  • October 17, Tuesday, Dangerous Goods by Ocean - Recurrent Training.
  • October 24-25-26, Tuesday thru Thursday,  Dangerous Goods by Ocean - Initial Training.
  • Our new On Line Training Program for the Cosmetics Industry - available 24/7.

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.

Our phone bill's Verizon logo is accompanied by their motto: "We never stop working for you."

Don't believe it!

With the proliferation of phone companies, phone plans, wireless services, and cable, everyone seems to be offering cheaper prices. For a couple of years, we have been exploring ways to reduce our costs too, just like most of our business colleagues. We began by examining our direct line from JFK Airport to Valley Stream, 718-656-4067. We pay a basic charge of $298.51 per month for the line, plus the cost of calls made on that line. A couple of years ago, we asked Verizon to change the service to a call-forwarding service from JFK to Valley Stream. They said no, we could not do that.

As you all know, when you change phone service you are now permitted to keep your old phone number, for a small fee, of course. So we got the bright idea to change that line to a wireless phone, keeping the old number of course.

Verizon said no, we couldn't do that either, unless we discontinued to "foreign line," aka, direct line. So we explained what we were trying to do, and after haggling with them for a week, they simply pulled the plug on the line, and, preventing us from keeping the number since you can not use a number that was no longer in service. Naturally, we have no idea if we lost any business because of that callous act by Verizon. Verizon's apparent position was if they could not collect almost $300 per month for the phone number they simply would not allow us to use the same number for $39 per month. Yes, we complained to the NY PSC and the U.S. FCC. Tune in next month for a report on that.


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.

U.S. Shippers and Carriers
There have been a number of new final rules published by the U.S. D.O.T./Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Check them out at the following link:

Of particular importance are the rules dealing with cylinders (PHMSA-03-14405 HM-220F) and
PHMSA-2005-22208 HM-240 which deals with issues concerning the definitions of Hazmat Employers and Employees, shipping paper retention requirements, and clarification of issues related to DOT Special Permits (see our comments about perfumes and colognes earlier in this newsletter).

The U.S. DOT website provides enormous amounts of information and exporters, importers, and domestic shippers should review them frequently. 

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