|November 2009 Newsletter
Our friend and colleague Howard Skolnik of Skolnik Industries, Inc., 4900 South Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60632-4593 USA, in his September Newsletter had the following interesting article:
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web (All Feature Lithium Batteries)
All of the above programs place emphasis on Lithium Battery Safety in transportation.
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.
We are on our soapbox again…safety in transportation.
Do you have a few minutes?
Lithium Batteries – check out the videos on these links
Yes, it’s a commercial but it demonstrates how quickly a lithium battery incident can get out of hand.
We received a phone call from an aircraft manufacturer who had to ship A.O.G. (aircraft on ground) replacement oxygen cylinders from New York to Paris. He had hoped that we would have a number of the new fire resistant cases for oxygen cylinders. He had placed an order for 12 cases at more than $900 each but was advised that there would be a six week delay before the supplier would be able to ship. He trucked the cylinders to Montreal. Problem solved….unless they are damaged enroute. Perhaps the airlines would consider renting those cases while the cylinders are being transported airport to airport. It would be a source of revenue and enhance safety.
In HM-224B “DOT has determined that this final rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. Accordingly, pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 605(b), DOT certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.”
It seems to us that $900 per cylinder is going to impact large businesses as well as small business.
The Journal of Hazmat Transportation just sent us a quick rundown on the new final rule that was issued by the U.S. DOT/PHMSA on October 19, 2009. The revised regulation clarifies and strengthens emergency phone contact requirements. The rule is effective October 1, 2010 with voluntary compliance authorized as of November 18, 2009. According to the Journal: The revisions to the HMR adopted in this final rule are being made to:
The Journal of Hazmat Transportation provides reports on new U.S. and International Regulations and background information associated with those rules, and provides interpretations of the regulations that are an absolutely invaluable resource. You can learn more about the publication and its web resources at http://www.hazmatship.com and request to review a print or digital edition of their latest issue, as well as request access to their acclaimed website.
The HazMat Reference Gateway provides access to all alerts and select presentations of importance, and the HazMat DataBase provides access to all archived content and the digital edition of the publication.
The publisher has advised us that new subscribers will receive a 10% discount off new subscriber rates simply by noting R-A in your sample copy/web access request or on your order form. Visit www.hazmatship.com for your sample request.
We should add that PHMSA’s constant use of the word “offeror” may be somewhat confusing to the average non-management transportation employee. In our own little mind we usually use the term “offeror or shipper” because “shipper” is the terminology for us lower echelon types of employees. “Offeror” is a term that the D.O.T. lawyers like to use because it covers everyone in the logistics chain; the shipper offers the freight to a trucker who offers the freight to his warehouse who offers the freight to another trucker who offers the freight to another carrier or the ultimate consignee. That’s a lot of offering and D.O.T. wants to make sure they cover all the possibilities with one word. It would seem to us there might be a better way to describe all of those functions. But, then that would make our job easier, wouldn’t it?
You still have time to register….but make it sooner rather than later.
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:
Check out DGAC’s website for details – www.dgac.org