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May 2011 Newsletter

Our Webmaster sure can predict the weather!

Tom DeLiso of iWCSnet.com identifies our newsletters with unique symbols appropriate to the month. In New York, our home base, he hit the nail on the head. It seems like the whole month of April was one long rain storm….at least it kept our cars clean and prepared the soil for multitudes of May Flowers.

If you need assistance with your website you can contact Tom at admin@iwcsnet.com

And now, back to our dusty cars and other important business.

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training, May 24, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial Training** June 7-8-9
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training* June 14
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent Training** June 28
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features D.O.T. 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 packaging 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.

Workers’ Memorial Day

April 28 was Workers’ Memorial Day. EHS Magazine (for Environment, Health and Safety leaders) had quoted the annual report issued by the AFL-CIO:

“Think about it: An average of 12 workers are killed per day. If those 12 people all died in the same workplace incident – or in some type of tragedy in our hometown – it would make a significant impact on us. But unless you’re a co-worker, friend or family member of one of those 12 workers killed across the country today, those deaths will slip past with relatively little notice...”

This past April 28, in a statement from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Workers Memorial Day, he noted -       

“On this Workers’ Memorial Day 2011, I call on all of us in government and industry to remember those who have lost their lives and suffered serious injuries on the job. I believe that a safe workplace is a basic human right. At the Chemical Safety Board, we remain committed to our important mission: preventing accidents by investigating them thoroughly and making the results public along with critical safety recommendations aimed at saving lives and protecting the public and the environment. Our investigators and board members are keenly aware of what we need to do to assure that everyone gets to go home at the end of their shifts.” 

We emphasized that last sentence because we feel strongly that most of us work pretty hard and at the end of our workday we usually hurry home, enjoy a meal with our families, relax a little, go to bed, and repeat that scene the next day. 12 workers did not experience that scene on April 28th, or 29th, or yesterday. And 12 more will not see the dawn of another tomorrow.

In the U.S. there are numerous debates in congress over budgets with the loudest voices trying to cut or eliminate OSHA regulations and enforcement personnel. Those enforcement people are the only people who try to defend workers’ health and safety.



DHS The Department of Homeland Security is expected to unveil its new terror alert system early next year. The new system consists of two levels, "elevated" and "imminent." The former will mean there is a "credible" threat against the U.S., while the latter will mean there's a "credible," "specific" and "impending" threat.

From the National Fire Protection Association

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently launched an important new tool and resource for pediatricians and other health care providers as well as parents and families:   www.SaferProducts.gov an online database to report injuries or hazards posed by consumer products.

Our soap box:

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

Lithium Batteries  -  We give up!

If you do not manufacture or transport lithium batteries you are probably bored to death with our almost constant attention to these “critters” but stop and think about your daily use and reliance on these batteries. If they can’t be transported in an efficient and economical manner it will have an effect on your wallet and possibly your safety.

We had an interesting exchange of e-mails about last month’s rant (frustration) with three of our website visitors.

While no one really wanted to “rant and rave” like we often do, one had noted that the U.S. House of Representatives had passed the HR 658, the FAA Re-authorization and Reform Act which would limit FAA regulation and enforcement of lithium battery requirements to the level of regulation in the ICAO Technical Instructions except for the prohibition of lithium primary batteries on passenger-carrying aircraft.

The next step is up to the U.S. Senate and if it agrees with the House version it will be sent to the president for his signature (or veto).

Still lurking in the background is PHMSA’s HM-224F which seems to be in conflict with the House of Representatives’ version of the FAA Re-authorization Bill.

Due to our status as a Helmet & Goggle “old timer” in the airline industry we are passionately concerned about safety in air transportation as well as other modes of transportation.

Somewhere in our archives we have tapes relating to the infamous Valuejet crash (oxygen generators) and Pan Am in Boston (nitric acid) many, many years ago – perhaps before you were born. And now,  lithium batteries…. Click on this link - http://gigaom.com/cleantech/lithium-ion-batteries-faulted-for-jet-crash/ 

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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