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October 2009 Newsletter

Have you checked your training records lately?
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web (All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Importers & Brokers October 13
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial November 17-18-19 (Tues-Wed-Thurs)
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent November 24
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial December 8-9-10

  • Domestic Cosmetics Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7
  • In-House Training, including special training for lithium batteries, subject to schedule availability.

All of the above programs place emphasis on Lithium Battery Safety in transportation.

Our complete 2009 training schedule is posted on this website.

Click on TRAINING on our opening page in order to reserve your place now. Remember, if you ship, handle, or transport dangerous goods, U.S. Transportation Law as well as International Laws you must receive initial training and then recurrent training every two or three years thereafter, depending on the mode of transportation.

Oxygen & Other Oxidizing Gas Cylinders & Chemical oxygen Generators.

Back in September of 2007 U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA issued a final rule that will have a substantial financial impact on shippers of oxygen cylinders and aircraft and personal chemical oxygen generators. The rules go into effect on 1 October 2009. It affects domestic, import and transiting air shipments. With a two year lead time for this regulation you can bet that enforcement personnel will be paying close attention to these shipments.

If you hadn’t noticed, we re-introduced our “Hot Topics” on the opening page of this website. If you click on the hot topic you can download the U.S. PHMSA Advisory Alert in order to get a better understanding of the new regulations.

All oxygen cylinders and chemical oxygen generator will require a new method of packing and testing. The outer packaging must pass a Flame Penetration Test.

The cylinders and the outer packaging must be capable of passing a Thermal Resistance Test.

In addition to the regular marks and labels an additional marking (DOT31FP) may be placed on the package to indicate that both the cylinder and the outer packaging are capable of passing the Thermal Resistance Test. It is not a required marking. But it surely would put the airline cargo personnel’s mind at ease if the packages were marked that way.

We are reminded of a “mark” that was introduced back in 2004 that was supposed to assure everyone that packages destined for air transportation met all of the additional requirements for air shipments.

Remember this mark?

The regulators dropped this requirement when they realized that shippers and forwarders were merely placing the mark on the package because the airlines would refuse the shipment if the mark wasn’t there, not because the package was safe for air shipment (and oftentimes, it wasn’t).

We hope that the “DOT31FP” or its successor won’t have the same fate.

We just saw a fairly large shipment with that mark – the shipper is only 5 years behind regulations.

Though you may be frustrated by delays for not having the correct package please bear in mind that your family or someone else’s family may be on that aircraft. Wouldn’t you want them to be safe?

However, we can’t help but wonder if any of the regulatory people have ever worked in transportation, distribution, or a shipping department. The additional packaging requirements for oxygen cylinders will increase packaging costs by hundreds of dollars for each cylinder.

Feedback that we have received indicates that a significant number of U.S. shippers are already planning on trucking the cylinders to Canada or Mexico in order to avoid the extraordinary packing costs.

From recent news articles……

August 31, Star Press – (Indiana) State instructs farmers to keep weed killer out of water. Indiana corn growers apparently are heeding concerns that the popular weed-killer, atrazine, turns male frogs into females — and potentially threatens human health.

The opening page on this website has a search engine…..type in the word SEX and our June 2007 Newsletter gives similar information on NPEs (Nonyl Phenol Ethoxylates). No, we are not turning this website into a source for porn!

September 1, Brockton Enterprise News – (Massachusetts) Mandatory training is slated for Raynham firefighters at lithium battery plant. A lithium battery plant will train Raynham, Massachusetts firefighters starting September 1 after an explosion at the plant injured five people last month, the fire chief said. “It’s mandatory that everybody goes to this [training],” the Raynham Fire Chief said of the approximately 35 firefighters serving the town. He said he called the training sessions — held over three days — for firefighters to review the 82,000-square-foot facility in the Raynham Woods business park, which opened last year. The Raynham facility produces specialty lithium cell batteries used in industries like construction, aerospace, and the military. About 230 employees work at the Raynham manufacturing plant, located at the corner of Route 44 and Paramount Drive in the Raynham Woods Industrial Park. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an explosion on August 13 that injured five Electrochem employees and caused the evacuation of 130 employees. The fire chief said the explosion was at least the fifth incident since the facility opened in August 2008 that required a full-scale emergency response. It was the first one that resulted in injuries, he said. During the training sessions, firefighters will learn more about chemicals used at the plant, and become more familiar with the manufacturing rooms within the facility. Source: http://www.enterprisenews.com...~explosion-last-month


From recent news articles…… (continued)

September 18, KPHO 5 Phoenix – (National) Battery fires in flight. The communications manager of the FAA Western-Pacific Region issued a statement Thursday about battery fires on planes, saying “The FAA is concerned about all safety hazards posed on airplanes, and we have issued several advisories related to lithium batteries. The FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are in the process of creating new lithium battery rules to safeguard air transport of these items. The Office of the Secretary of Transportation is reviewing the proposed rule now.” Source: http://www.kpho.com/news/20973155/detail.html

Like we haven’t beaten you to death with Lithium Batteries yet –
IATA will be changing the LI Battery packing instructions to comply with the ICAO Technical Instructions in 2010.

965 – 970 – Based on the numerous questions on the transport of lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered equipment, the lithium battery packing instructions have been reformatted to more clearly set out the applicable requirements. The packing instructions are now set out into 3 main sections:

  1. General requirements applicable to all batteries to which the packing instruction applies;
  2. Section I fully regulated, Class 9, battery provisions; and
  3. Section II excepted, small, battery provisions that once met, no other provisions of the Regulations apply.

You can download the IATA advance information on the 2010 Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations at http://www.iata.org/NR/...~SignificantChanges.pdf

Oh, by the way, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations will cost us about $20-25 more next year. We guess that they did not know that the whole world is in an economic recession.

Maybe we should all buy ICAO’s Technical Instructions instead. It is about $30 cheaper. And Labelmaster’s Air Shipper is about half the price of the IATA Regulations.

Guess what?

We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.

Batteries, of course. Did you know that all types of batteries are forbidden in transportation unless they have been packaged in such a manner so as to prevent short circuits and movement within the outer package? Never, ever, simply throw some batteries into a box and assume that you have nothing to worry about because someone once told you that the batteries were not regulated or not restricted.

We have been following the battery industry for years and we would like you to consider some not-too-distant programs. You will soon see lithium ion batteries that will be large enough to totally power automobiles and small trucks over a significant distance. These batteries will reduce or eliminate completely any reliance on internal combustion engines or even hybrids (combinations of fossil fuels and batteries).

What else is on the horizon?

Barium-titanate ultra-capacitors (batteries): capable of powering an automobile for 500 miles without a re-charge, and taking only 10 minutes to be recharged. Barium nitrate (an oxidizer with a sub-risk of toxicity) is the basis of this technology.

Sodium based batteries: sodium-metal halide cells combined with lithium ion batteries are expected to provide enough power to run locomotives as well as trucks and automobiles over long distances. Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries. DGAC has advised us that a new UN number was established for nickel-metal hydride batteries with special provision 117 placed in square brackets indicating that this entry may be regulated for maritime transport only.

If you think we rant and rave too much, check this out: House Of Representatives report on PHMSA at http://transportation.house.gov/Media...~/20090910/SSM_FC.pdf


You still have time to register.

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

For over thirty years the DGAC has been a leader in promoting safety in transportation. The council has been an advocate for the chemical industry and transporters of dangerous goods/hazardous materials. Your company should seriously consider becoming a member of this outstanding organization.

Mark your calendar:
31st Annual Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition
November 18-20, 2009,
Grand Hyatt San Antonio,
600 East Market Street,
San Antonio, TX 78205

Check out DGAC’s website for details – www.dgac.org

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