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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • July - no training - we're going Golfing!
  • Dangerous Goods by Air - Recurrent Training: August 16
  • Dangerous Goods by Air - Initial Training: August 23-24-25
  • 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.

Last Month

We cautioned our readers about fireworks and the Fourth of July fireworks shows prominent throughout the United States. Some facts for those of you who doubted the necessity of our advice….

  • July 5, Associated Press – (Massachusetts) Fire breaks out on Boston fireworks barge. A fire that broke out on a fireworks barge in the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts, was quickly doused. The fire was spotted about 5 a.m. on the barge that fired off Boston’s July Fourth fireworks The Boston Fire Department’s harbor unit responded and quickly had the blaze under control within an hour. The fire sent thick black smoke billowing across the river. The cause of the fire was not reported. Source: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/barge-fire-in-charles-river-20110705
  • July 3, Associated Press – (Kansas) 3 people arrested after explosion outside Kan. bar. Three people were arrested after an explosive device was set off behind a bar July 3 in Junction City, Kansas. Junction City police said the explosion at Club Coyote caused some minor damage to a nearby vehicle and sent people running from the area. A police chief described the incident as a ―Fourth of July prank.When an officer arrived in the area, witnesses pointed out three men seen walking from the area and identified them as the ones who had set off the device. Police said one of the men told police he might have more material at his home for making explosives. After obtaining a search warrant, police discovered suspected homemade ―blasting caps‖ and one substance believed to be ―very volatile. Charges are expected to be filed July 5. Source: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/3-people-arrested-after-explosion-outside-Kan-bar-1451298.php
  • And…. “A Fairfield, Connecticut man who was charged with 141 counts of illegal possession of explosive devices for possessing and attempting to sell illegal fireworks out of a storage container in Bridgeport will be arraigned in court June 5. An anonymous letter sent to the FBI stating that there was a container with ―enough explosives to blow up two city blocks in a lot near the corner of Herbert and Lindley streets. The man is also charged with the manufacture of bombs, criminal attempt to sell fireworks, and the storage and transportation of explosives and blasting agents. He was freed on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned July 5 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport. Source: http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Fairfield-man-found-with-van-full-of-explosives-1452496.php
  • Fireworks – even the professionals make mistakes
  • July 1, KHON 2 Honolulu – (Hawaii) Waikele fireworks explosion cause undetermined. After more than 3 months, investigators with the Honolulu Fire Department in Hawaii concluded the cause of the Waikele fireworks explosion as ―undetermined. Fire investigators said July 1 they completed their investigation into the cause and origin of the April 8 explosion that killed five men who worked for Donaldson Enterprises and critically injured a sixth. ―The bunker has patterns of fire and explosion that at least let us focus on...the general area of where the blast and fire appears to have started, but we can’t pinpoint it exactly and therefore we have a harder time working out an exact cause, a fire captain said. Investigators determined the explosion happened near the front of the bunker. Investigators analyzed witness statements, pictures, and diagrams before coming up with what they call a hypothesis. Separate investigations by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are ongoing
  • Fargo, North Dakota – man killed in fireworks accident in Fargo July 4, 2011.
  • Concord, California – man loses at least three fingers in fireworks accident, July 4, 2011.
  • Skiatook, Oklahoma – 19 year old man died in a fireworks explosion July 4, 2011.
  • Coral Springs, Florida – middle aged man hit in the head by a fireworks mortar is in serious condition in the hospital – July 4, 2011.
  • SHEFFIELD LAKE, OHIO - A Sheffield Lake man is recovering after a freak fireworks accident. "It ain't no joke. I'm very lucky for not losing my hands or my face or my life." A 4th of July weekend celebration at his home turned out to be a real blast. "My cousin's husband said hey the fireworks are in the box. I looked down and it went boom," said the victim.


Our Soap Box

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

Can you define who or what is a"shipper"?

We were asked that question by a shipper (whatever that is) of lithium batteries who was trying his darndest to avoid being identified as a shipper and any responsibilities related to his shipment.

Section 1 of the IATA regulations the word “shipper” or “shipper’s” or “shippers” is used about a dozen times. There are also references to “shipper” in Parts 5 and 7 and 8. But, no where is the word “shipper” defined.

The IMDG Code defines a shipper as the same as consignor…IATA makes no similar distinction and neither does 49CFR. IATA defines a “consignee” but not a “consignor” (or shipper). Everyone knows what or who a shipper is….except IATA, ICAO, all the way back to 1983, and the DOT.

Since 1973 we’ve often made the tongue-in-cheek comment that regulations were written by lawyers who took a blood oath that they would do everything in their power to insure the continued employment of other lawyers.

Think about it. Do you know any unemployed lawyers? Most of us know of many unemployed professionals and surely some former co-workers.

Pssstt….the DOT defines a “person” and “a person who offers” and a “hazmat employer” and a “hazmat employee” but DOT does not define a shipper.

The dictionary defines a “Shipper” as a person who ships goods. That must be much too simple for attorneys. And they laugh all the way to the bank.

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