|June 2008 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web
Check your current training records - if you are close to the expiration date make your reservations now for any of our classes throughout the year. We always remind attendees a few days prior to the class.
U.S. Independence Day - July 4, 2008
Are you planning on shooting off some fireworks?
We all know that fireworks can be terribly dangerous when shipped by air or any other mode of transportation. But when it comes to celebrating our national holiday we tend to forget those dangers in transportation by loading up our vehicles with consumer fireworks and then participating in firework displays at family picnics and backyard barbeques.
Your writer has been involved with hazardous materials for more than 42 years and we learned a lot about the dangers of fireworks very early on. As young parents of small children we were very concerned about our children's safety so we never used fireworks and taught our children to avoid any fireworks used by neighbors. Our children are now adults with young children of their own and they follow those same rules with their children.
In our July 2006 Newsletter, we made the following comment:
"Each year at this time newspapers and TV news programs detail numerous tragedies caused by fireworks. Children are particularly vulnerable because they trust their parents and other adults. We can recount many stories of children victimized by thoughtless adults who should have left fireworks displays to the professionals. Children who have had hands or fingers blown off are not unusual stories in newspapers published on July 5th each year. Others have lost their lives due to carelessness or stupidity in handling fireworks.
In our community a couple of years ago, a young father was firing off rocket-type fireworks in order to entertain his family and neighbors at a block party. One rocket never fired and after a couple of minutes he went to inspect the faulty rocket. As he leaned over the firing tube, the rocket roared to life and decapitated the poor soul. After the rocket hit the man, it went wildly into a wooded area behind his home and set fire to trees.
Last week, on a highway in a neighboring community, the county police pulled over a truck with out-of-state license plate for a routine inspection. The truck contained 9000 lbs. (4082 kg.) of fireworks - enough explosives to destroy every building within 300 metres. The truck was not placarded. The driver had false shipping papers. The driver had no HAZMAT training nor a DOT Hazmat Registration."
Please! Avoid a potential tragedy. Don't play with fireworks.
Facts & figures
Source: NFPA’s Fireworks, by John R. Hall, Jr., April 2007
Limited Quantities by Ocean (IMDG Code)
We noted in our December 2006 Newsletter that some NVO's were refusing to accept reservations for limited quantity shipments by water unless the shipper provided extensive details about quantities, and types of inner containers on the dangerous goods declaration. In most cases they wanted to information in areas of the declaration form inconsistent with the precise order of the basic information (UN #, PSN, Class or Division and PG number) that is required under all national and international regulations.
We pointed out that the additional information was not part of any regulation and we still to this day have not ever received a valid explanation other than "because we want it".
The International Vessel Operators Hazardous Materials Association has submitted a proposal to the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to clarify that the additional information is not a requirement of the IMDG Code. VOHMA made the submission after two carriers, Maersk and CMA-CMG, announced that they would require that information before accepting limited quantity shipments.
A survey by the influential Hazmat Packager & Shipper trade magazine indicates that no other carriers
We hope that DGAC and COSTHA and the DOT will join with Hazmat Packager & Shipper to support VOHMA's proposal.
At R-A Specialists there is hardly a day that we do not learn something new.....
With the price of oil, gasoline, and natural gas rising at what seems by the minute, we have been challenged by a number of shipments that seem to show some promise in reducing our dependence on oil. As a result, we've had to cope with methods of shipping all sizes of fuel cells by air and by ocean. We've worked with some brilliant staff members of some promising companies and as we tackle the transportation issues we learn a little bit more each day. We thank our clients for sharing some of their expertise with us.
FAA Pilot Hazmat Notification
U.S. Flag Carriers are reminded that the pilot notification required by 49CFR 175.33 includes both the number and types of packaging.
We have conversations with airline personnel on a daily basis. Some airline cargo personnel have noted that their pilot notification forms do not address the "types of packaging", i.e., drums, fibreboard boxes, wood boxes, plastic drums, etc.
Two possible reasons -
Further regarding the Special Permit:
The SP was first issued to FedEx on August 24, 2007. A number of U.S. Flag carriers have become parties to the special permit. If you are involved with the pilot notification and it does not address the type of packaging check with your company's hazardous materials compliance coordinator to see if your company is a party to the permit or an innocent victim of oversight.
At the present time 13 U.S. Flag air carriers have applied for the Special Permit 14527.
Mark Your Calendar
30th Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition
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If you are not a DGAC Member, you should consider joining this great organization.