|December 2009 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web (All Feature Lithium Batteries)
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.
Soapbox topic: Compliance in air transportation. .
Oxygen Cylinders & Chemical Oxygen Generators
In our October Newsletter which we issued early because of the U.S. Requirements for oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators we had noted:
“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.
However, 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.
Do you 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.”
Sure enough, we recently saw a UN 4G box containing an oxygen generator with that DOT31FP mark on it. Interestingly, it was shipped by air from Atlanta, Georgia to New York.
The IATA packing instructions for lithium batteries have been changed again for 2010. Sections I and II have been flip-flopped in order to completely comply with the ICAO packing instructions.
The feedback that we get indicates that there is still a lot of confusion concerning fully regulated batteries and excepted or non-restricted lithium batteries. We hope that the battery manufacturers are in tune with the IATA changes and MSDS have been updated for 2010.
Just as we were about to wrap up this newsletter and send it off to our webmaster we received an article indicated that the lithium battery industry expects an increase in business up to $8 billion dollars by 2012.
Transportation and distribution businesses will be overwhelmed with chaos if they fail to stay on top of the regulations and train their employees.
As of October 2009 the U.S. FAA had closed 75 investigations and issued over one million dollars in fines.
Meanwhile the U.S. House of Representatives has requested the FAA to accomplish further testing regarding the shipment of lithium batteries by air.
We still feel very strongly that all lithium batteries should be completely regulated so that unintentional non-compliance would be eliminated.
The Journal of Hazmat Transportation is now available on line
To our many clients and readers of this newsletter we wish you a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a better and prosperous New Year.