|August 2010 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web
In-House Training subject to schedule availability.
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 by e-mail or telephone a few days prior to the class.
Training – it’s the law!
Why driver and warehouse personnel need training -
June 5, Tulsa World – (Oklahoma) Chemical accident sickens workers. Corrosive chemicals affected more than a dozen people at a Tulsa, Oklahoma trucking company Friday morning when an industrial solvent spilled during transport. Authorities cordoned off part of the Old Dominion Freight Line facility at 2921 Dawson Road after a 55-gallon drum of chloromethyl naphtalene spewed dangerous vapors, a fire department spokesman said. Emergency crews responded shortly before 10 a.m. and decontaminated 15 workers. Medics took nine of them to hospitals. The spokesman noted that even slight chemical contact is potentially dangerous. The workers stripped off their clothes in a blue decontamination tent and firefighters doused them with soapy water to remove any chemical residue. Meanwhile, other area businesses were warned about the spill, and employees were told to stay indoors. The barrel apparently sprang a leak when it rubbed against a piece of sharp metal while being moved. It was inside a trailer, which kept the gas from dispersing over a wide area, a fire captain said. The situation was brought under control about two hours later, and a restoration company arrived to finish the cleanup. Source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/....l972408
June 7, Truckinginfo.com – (National) FMCSA to propose easing of supporting documents for EOBR* users. Under a pending Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal, carriers that use electronic recorders will get a break on the list of documents required to prove they are in compliance with the hours of service rules. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to drop a half-dozen documents from its required list altogether, and many more for carriers that are using qualified electronic recorders to track driver hours. The policy change is the first step toward an anticipated revision of the new electronic recorder requirement. That rule, which takes effect June 2012, says carriers that violate hours of service rules 10 percent of the time, based on single compliance review, must use electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours. Later this year the agency is planning to propose a rule that will require many more carriers to use EOBRs. This policy change is in anticipation of that move. One part of the policy change affects all carriers. The agency said it will no longer consider these items to be supporting documents: driver call-in records; international registration plan receipts; international fuel tax agreement receipts; trip permits; cash
advance receipts; and driver fax reports. These documents are simply not used regularly by enforcement officials, the agency explained. Specifically, the carrier will not have to keep: gate record receipts; weigh/scale tickets; port of entry receipts; delivery receipts; toll receipts; agricultural inspection reports; over/short and damage reports; driver and vehicle examination reports; traffic citations; overweight/oversize reports and citations; carrier pros; credit card receipts; border crossing reports; customs declarations; and telephone billing statements. Carriers that take advantage of this policy would not be able to challenge the accuracy of their electronic tracking records. Source: http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=70630
Do you need to be trained?
In the current economic environment we are all trying our best to operate our businesses as economically as possible. However, where employee or public safety is involved, hazmat/dangerous goods training programs are not areas where you can afford to be frugal. Potential law suits due to accidents, employee safety and lost time from injuries or worse, fines from government agencies, or loss of your good reputation with business peers, all should dictate that you must have a safe, reliable, and well-trained staff.
Many years ago we received a letter from an up and coming freight forwarder that is now a giant in the industry. The writer complimented us concerning a warehouse-driver type of course that we conducted. The author stated that he no longer had damaged hazardous materials shipments but also damages and claims for general cargo had been almost totally eliminated because the employees treated all forms of cargo with care. And that is how it should be. Those of us involved with distribution and transportation should be providing excellent service to all of our clients. The end result is loyal clients, steady business, and a safe environment.
Safety is the law, but it is also good business.
So? Who needs to be trained?
with information as to the requirements of the HMR* that apply to the shipment of the
*HMR – Hazardous Materials RegulationsIf you perform any of the above functions you must be trained.
We’re beginning to believe that no newsletter is complete without some new information on lithium batteries. So now we find out that “smokeless cigarettes” may be even more dangerous than tobacco cigarettes. Perhaps we’ll see the Surgeon General’s warning on e-cigarettes in the near future?
Our close friend and colleague Howard Skolnik of Skolnick Industries had the following item in his July Newsletter.
You can see the entire FAA lithium battery listing of incidents at:
Just about every MSDS for lithium batteries makes some reference to the U.N. Manual of Tests. These are the tests for the lithium batteries.
UN Tests for lithium batteries:
These tests are vital to the everyday safety of lithium batteries in transportation and in personal use. We would not handle those batteries if the MSDS did not state specifically that the batteries were “UN Tested”. For “guardhouse lawyers”, no, this does not mean the batteries were actually tested by the U.N. but that the batteries successfully passed all the tests conducted by a responsible test laboratory with the proper technical equipment to perform the tests according to the U.N. Manual of Tests – the orange book.
If the tests were not performed the batteries are identified as “prototype lithium batteries” and may not be shipped without an approval from the country of origin’s national authority. .
The return of our soap box:
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.
Follow-up to our July Newsletter about fireworks -
In Islip Terrace, LI, NY, a man had his arm blown off at the shoulder when he lit an illegal mortar fireworks display by his home on July 3rd. Surgeons were unable to reattach the arm due to the extensive damage to the arm and shoulder.
The Material Safety Data Sheet.
We continuously tell our shipper and forwarder clients that the MSDS that they submit to us for guidance is either not current or simply does not comply with Global Harmonization System (GHS) standards.
Our 24 Hour Emergency Response partner, CHEMTEL, addresses these issues on their website at http://www.chemtelinc.com/index.php/msds-authoring.html
We’ll repeat part of it here.
IF your current MSDS…
We would add that if you ship lithium batteries you should be updating your MSDS just about every year due to all of the regulatory changes.
CHEMTEL offers MSDS authoring services.
If your company is a carrier or forwarder feel free to pass this information on to your clients.
What happens when you fail to pay attention to State Variations?
In this case, ICAO/IATA USG-10(a) -
Dangerous Goods Advisory Council
32nd Annual Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition
DGAC Room Rate: $195 single or double