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October 2011 Newsletter

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial Training November 15-16-17
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent Training November 22
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training November 29*
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training December 6-7-8**
  • 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 Ocean Training programs feature the IMDG 35th Amendment
** The November & December air training classes will feature the 2013 (53rd Edition) of the IATA regulations

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

2012 IATA Changes in the Regulations

You can download advance information at: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Documents/DGR53_SignificantChanges.pdf

Approaching Deadline - Cigarette Lighters - Reminder

After January 1, 2012, cigarette lighters and similar devices such as candle lighters, barbeque grill lighters, fireplace lighters and torches containing flammable gases (usually Butane) must have new testing and approvals prior to being transported to, from, or within the United States. Refer to ICAO/IATA USG-07.

49CFR 173.308 requires “Each appropriate lighter design must be examined and successfully tested by a person or agency (authorized testing agency) who is authorized by the Associate Administrator to perform such examination and testing under the provisions of subpart E of part 107 of this chapter”.

IMPORTERS bringing such lighters into the United States must have the approval issued by an authorized testing agency in advance of the first shipment. We encourage sales representatives for freight companies to bring this to the attention of their clients who may ship cigarette lighters or torches.

Shipper and carrier personnel who may not be familiar with the U.S. D.O.T requirements can contact us for a copy of the regulation in 49CFR as well as a sample check list. But, please remember, the testing must be accomplished by an authorized testing agency.

To get copies please send us an e-mail with a reference to this Newsletter and Cigarette Lighters. Send your request to info@r-a-specialists.com

Speaking of U.S. IMPORTERS – DOT/PHMSA has just issued a clarification on fireworks classifications in Docket No. PHMSA–2011–0157. A very large amount of fireworks are imported into the U.S.A. by vessel. We would remind our importer readers that they are responsible for the overseas shipper’s compliance with U.S. Regulations regardless of the classification but if you do import fireworks it is suggested that you read the PHMSA clarification at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-27/pdf/2011-24686.pdf

It probably would be wise to remind importers, forwarders and brokers that you are responsible for the overseas exporter’s compliance with U.S. Regulations.

From MSDS online:

Do Your MSDSs Measure Up to Global Regulatory Requirements?
OSHA’s recently announced that the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) would be set to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) month. For chemical manufacturers, this means you may need to re-author your MSDSs and labels to conform to the prescribed GHS format requirements once GHS is adopted. You can review information at MSDSonline at http://www.msdsonline.com/resources/regulatory-information/osha-hcs.aspx

Also, OSHA provides the correct work sheet & format at:

We would point out that a significant number of smaller manufacturers are still using a format from the 1960’s which is frustrating to transportation personnel and is frequently a cause for rejection by carriers.

U.S. FAA Proposes $207,200 Penalty -

(Idaho; California) Hazardous fungicide, bactericide leads to firm's $207,200 fine. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $207,200 civil penalty against J.R. Simplot Company of Boise, Idaho, for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges Simplot, a food processing and agricultural company, offered a non-standard fiberboard box containing a 5-gallon plastic jug of bactericide and fungicide to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air from Union Gap, Washington, to New Harmony, Utah, on October 28, 2009. According to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acids is classified as an oxidizer, which is a hazardous material. FAA alleges the package was not declared to contain hazardous materials, and that the materials offered were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in proper condition for shipment under the hazardous materials regulations. Additionally, the agency alleges the quantity of liquid in the shipment exceeded the maximum amount that can be transported on a cargo aircraft. Employees at UPS’s Ontario, California, sorting facility discovered the leaking package. Source: http://ohsonline.com/articles/2011/09/27/hazardous-fungicide-bactericide-leads-to-firms-207200-fine.aspx?admgarea=news

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

On September 28th the TSA announced that so far in 2011 they discovered and confiscated more than 800 guns in passengers’ carry-on luggage. On September 24th at Baltimore/Washington airport they discovered 10 guns and a number of throwing knives in one passenger’s carry-on luggage. On September 26th the TSA personnel discovered a loaded handgun in the purse of a 54 year old women.

This makes us wonder what planet all of those gun-toting people live in. Remember, the ticket agent asked them if they packed their own baggage and were they carrying any hazardous materials. You would think at that point those people should have had some recollection of packing weapons in their luggage. Or did they think that they would not have been caught?
Don’t complain the next time you are in a slow-moving security check-in line at the airport. Thank you for keeping us safe TSA.

Lithium Batteries – again….

Last month we gave you a link to a press release by the FAA. If you did not click on that link we’ll attempt to bring you up-to-date. It involved a very large potential violation by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) due to a lithium battery fire. We get the feeling that if hi-tech college professors cannot manage or follow good safe practices with shipping lithium batteries how can we expect untrained mail room clerks and shipping personnel to guarantee safety in transportation?
If you did not follow the link last month you may review the press release here:

If you ship lithium batteries IATA has an excellent guidance document for shipping lithium batteries by air. It is available also in French and Spanish. You can download a copy at: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/lithium_batteries.aspx
If you do not know what you are doing – don’t ship lithium batteries!

And, the FAA just released a report on predicting Lithium Battery Freighter Airplane Cargo Fire Risks until the year 2020. The report is not very encouraging and is probably not easy reading unless you have had a background in statistics – a boring subject except that in this case the statistics may affect you and me as passengers or shippers of lithium batteries. The report predicts the number of major accidents, loss of life, and monetary losses. You can request a copy of the report by sending your request to training@r-a-specialists.com

No, you will not receive any “commercials” with the report.

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council


33rd Annual Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Tampa, FL
November 7-9, 2011
Phone: 813/225-1234
Hotel Cost: $175 a night for a single/double
Reservation Deadline: October 12, 2011

We stay current with U.S. Domestic and International Regulations through our membership in the DGAC, formerly the Hazardous Materials Advisory Council. DGAC has provided with access to regulatory officials and the most knowledgeable industry professionals in the world. This year’s agenda includes A Pre-Conference Welcome Get-Together, Interactive Mini-Workshops, "Speed-Dating" Regulators, and A keynote Address from Tim Butters, Deputy Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and much more!

DGAC Members as well as non-members concerned with hazmat transportation safety are encouraged to attend this very important and valuable conference.

Will we see you in Tampa this Fall?

DGAC 2011 Conference and Expo
Hyatt Regency Tampa
November 7-9, 2011 


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