Ooops! He made a mistake!
No, the world did not end on May 21st as predicted by Harold Camping. According to Camping it has been postponed until October 21, 2011, a Friday, which means we will not be able to watch the NFL on TV on Sunday, October 23rd or Monday Night Football on October 24th or know who might have won World Series or the Cricket Matches in India.
We will try to keep you updated just in case there is a rainout on October 21st and Harold decides to re-schedule the event.
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
- 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
- July - no training - we're going Golfing!
- 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.
Transportation SecurityWe try to review the U.S. DOT/PHMSA penalty actions from time to time to make sure that we are addressing the more significant issues in the area of enforcement and safety. It also provides us with answers to routine questions that are raised during our training classes.
We noticed a particular increase in penalties related to hazmat employers failure to provide Hazmat Security Awareness Training or In Depth Security Training for particularly dangerous hazardous materials that would pose a threat to a larger segment of the population.
You can download the DOT/PHMSA Security Awareness Program at the following link: http://phmsa.dot.gov/...~...training_module.html
Click on the Security Awareness image on the right hand side of the opening page. As the download program opens click on run and follow the directions. After completing the program you should take the test then print out the test as proof that you have received the training. Attach that test to your other training records.
The 2010 Report is 101 pages. You might want to download it for more leisurely reading. Note the number of times that the security training is noted as well as the failure of shippers or carriers who failed to register with the D.O.T. Hazmat Program. We find these reports interesting but they also keep us on our toes.
Click here for the 2010 report: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/...~...pdf
Security should still be our major concern.
Our soap box:
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.
July 4th Holiday Independence Day
Each year we try to remind our U.S. readers that fireworks pose a serious risk in transportation, storage, and use.
Dot/PHMSA issued a safety alert a couple of years ago. We have referenced it a couple of times in the past and do so again in an effort to keep everyone safe so that they can enjoy a significant national holiday.
Please click on the following link: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/...~....pdf
By the way, we will be closed for the three-day holiday weekend July 2-3-4. As usual we will monitor e-mails for our clients with any urgent business.
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.
From the National Fire Protection Association
Speaking of fireworks .
The NFPA (we are a member) has a number of films about fireworks the dangers and some sad stories about children be safe this Fourth of July click here for films: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail...~...
Need convincing on lithium battery dangers? Click on this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?...~...player_embedded
Please remember that before you can ship lithium batteries as not regulated or not restricted you must first comply with some very strict testing, packaging and usually special labeling requirements and you must provide written cautions to the carrier, regardless of mode of transportation and train you employees.