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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • February 7-8-9, 2012 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) - Air Initial
  • April 10, 2012 (Tuesday) Air Recurrent
  • 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.

Check our website for the 2012 Schedule which is now available.

U.S. D.O.T. & Congress

Last month we reported:
Bob Richards, VP of Regulatory Affairs for Labelmaster and a former Deputy Associate Administrator at US DOT/PHMSA has posted a very thorough report on the Senate Hazardous Materials Transportation Improvement Safety Act of 2011. It is a MUST-READ for any U.S. Transportation compliance managers and those involved in emergency response. You can read or download his article at http://blog.labelmaster.com/2011/12/21/the-hazardous-materials-transportation-improvement-safety-act-of-2011/

As of the deadline for this newsletter the House of Representatives has yet to work out its version of a similar bill.

Post Script

Number of millionaires in Congress as noted in our December and January issues.

Warren Buffett, the billionaire, has indicated that he is willing to match any contributions to reduce the national debt that members of Congress make. He has even offered to triple any contribution made by Senator Mitch McConnell.

So far we are unaware of any member of Congress making any contribution to reduce the national debt other than Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio. Stivers donates $700 out of each of his paychecks toward making a dent in the monstrous IOU. You can read more about this issue at http://www.gobankingrates.com/warren-buffett-promises-pay-off-national-debt-republicans-help/ Did you know that you can write a check payable to the Bureau of the Public Debt? In the memo section, notate that it's a Gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public. Mail your check to:
Attn Dept G
Bureau of the Public Debt
P. O. Box 2188
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188


Hoping to calm public anger over U/S/Congressional insider trading, the U.S. Senate voted 92-2 to bar members of Congress, their families and staff from insider stock and bond trading. The bill now goes to the Senate floor for debate and possible amendments. Angry Americans will be watching those “amendments” very carefully. The House of Representatives version of a similar bill should be presented later this month.

As reported in our December 2011 Newsletter, on Sunday, November 6th, CBS 60 Minutes did a segment about U.S. Congress and one of the most infamous of lobbyists that ever operated in Washington DC: Jack Abramoff. Insider trading by Members of Congress was revealed, resulting in considerable public backlash.

Lithium Batteries

Cathay Pacific issued an additional requirement for the shipment of lithium batteries. Lithium handling labels must be attached for all lithium ion and metal batteries contained in equipment and packed under P/I 970 and P/I 967 regardless of the quantity installed. (Source: LinkedIn)

Not a transportation accident, but... In what is described as the world’s most advanced lithium ion battery factory located in Jacksonville, Florida, over 100 employees were evacuated due to exposure on Wednesday, January 25th. Seven of the employees were treated or evaluated at a local hospital. While we worry mostly about transportation accidents, there are other concerns as well. Car and house fires come to mind quickly but there is also a case of an airline passenger injured when his pants went on fire due to a malfunctioning cell phone.

We are in the middle of trying to read over 100 pages of reports from ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel’s Lithium Battery Working Group. Very interesting proposals that have not been agreed to as yet. The battery industry seems to be against any changes in the regulations that might increase their transportation costs.

Our Soap Box

We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time – this time it’s the economy, stupid (congress)

In our August 2011 Newsletter we had noted that on January 19, 2011, DOT/PHMSA issued an 83 page final rule under HM-215K, which included an almost hidden requirement for the U.N. 6(d) test to be mandatory effective July 1, 2011 for shipment by air and January 1, 2012 for shipments by ocean. The rule is effective January 1, 2014 for U.S. Domestic Highway and Rail.

The problem is worse than we had anticipated. Most manufacturers have not completed the new test procedures as yet and only a few new U.S. Approvals have been issued. Since the old approvals are no longer valid the cartridges cannot be shipped by air unless the UN 6(d) test has been noted on the new approval.

And, while we are at it, try matching a U.S.-Required Approval for an air bag module against an air bag module you are trying to ship. Impossible! For air shippers, see USG-16. We wonder how all of those air bag modules are being shipped on a daily basis to auto dealers and auto repair shops. We could rant for hours about that one.

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