|April 2011 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011 (All Feature Lithium Batteries)
In-House Training subject to schedule availability.
* The Dangerous Goods by Air programs will feature the 2011 IATA Regulations.
Check our website for the 2011 Schedule which is now available.
Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training
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
Need the new format for upgrading your MSDS?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We might have to edit them a little but we will remain true to your real frustrations.