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April 2011 Newsletter

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011 (All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent April 12, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training May 3, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training, May 10-11-12, 2011
  • Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training, May 24, 2011
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.

* The Dangerous Goods by Air programs will feature the 2011 IATA Regulations.
** The Dangerous Goods by Ocean programs will feature the new Amendment 35

Check our website for the 2011 Schedule which is now available.

Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training
In the U.S. a hazmat employee is an individual a person (including a self-employed person) who:

  • loads, unloads, or handles hazmat;
  • tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks, or otherwise represents packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat;
  • prepares hazmat for transportation;
  • is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat; or
  • operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.

Key Words – loads, unloads, or handles hazmat; is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat or operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.

We think that the above language is quite clear. It covers everyone who performs those functions.

The training requirement also includes job safety and emergency response. Therefore if a leaking package of dangerous goods is in a warehouse, employees have to be trained on the correct procedures to insure their own safety and the safety of other employees and the general public as well as what emergency actions they must initiate.

The employees must be retrained every 3 years.

Major changes on the horizon

  • The elimination of Consumer Commodities, ORM-D effective January 1, 2014.


Need the new format for upgrading your MSDS?
Click here for a downloadable form -

Lithium Batteries

Press here for PDF of Information needed to ship lithium batteries by air.


Our soap box:

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

Lithium Batteries  -  We give up!

We complain a lot about the number of MSDS’s that are sent to us each day, particularly when it is obvious that the sender never even looked at the document. Last year we had about twenty e-mail exchanges back and forth between the forwarder and the shipper. It all started when the shipper e-mailed an MSDS for lithium batteries that was 19 years old. Talk about a frustrating experience? Wow!

Neither of the parties knew about the ICAO/IATA changes that were instituted in the IATA 2009 Edition. It was all downhill after that exchange.

As we were wondering about this April 2011 Newsletter, another long time freight forwarder client asked us “if a label was required for a scientific instrument that contained batteries”. It took 18 e-mails and four phone conversations over three days to straighten that out. As we had sent the first 6 e-mails we could see the frustration mounting for the three of us….the shipper; the forwarder; and us.

So we devised a check list for our client’s use.

In the hope that you will not drive your airline cargo agent crazy, or your freight forwarder, we offer the check list for you to copy and paste and tack it on the wall next to your computer and also save a copy in your word program in case you ever ship lithium batteries.

Send your Soapbox Rant to raclass@r-a-specialists.com.

We might have to edit them a little but we will remain true to your real frustrations.


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