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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
  • May 8, 2012 (Tuesday) Ocean Recurrent
  • May 22-23-24 (Tue-Wed-Thurs) Ocean Initial
  • June 5-6-7 (Tue-Wed-Thurs) Air Initial
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

We will be adding a Warehouse Hazmat Training program in May. If you require training please call Marianne at 516-593-0395 to be placed on the list. We are awaiting confirmation of the date from the VFW where we will be conducting the class.

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.

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

To our loyal clients:

For over 36 years R-A Specialists, Inc. has been conducting quality hazmat training courses to shippers, forwarders and carriers. We wish to express our appreciation to our loyal clients who have utilized our services over the years.

Effective May 1, 2012, our long-term packaging clients are entitled to a substantial discount towards hazardous materials/dangerous goods training expenses for both regularly scheduled training and in-house training. Be sure to inquire about your available discount when booking your training.

Who would have thought?  Dangerous Pig Farms!

From the daily DHS Report 3-15-12

March 13, Wired – (Midwest) Mysterious hog farm explosions stump scientists. A strange new growth has emerged from the manure pits of mid-western hog farms, and the results are literally explosive, Wired reported March 13. Since 2009, six farms have blown up after methane trapped in an unidentified, pit-topping foam caught a spark. In the afflicted region, the foam is found in roughly 1 in 4 hog farms. There is nothing farmers can do except be very careful. Researchers are not even sure what the foam is. “This has all started in the last 4 or 5 years. We don’t have any idea where it came from or how it got started,” said an agricultural engineer of the University of Minnesota.

The pits are emptied each fall, after which waste builds up again. Methane is a natural byproduct, and is typically dispersed by fans before it reaches explosive levels. However, inside the foam’s bubbles, methane reaches levels of 60 to 70 percent, or more than 4 times what is considered dangerous. The foam can reach depths of more than 4 feet. Disturb the bubbles and enormous quantities of methane are released in a very short time. Add a spark — from, say, a bit of routine metal repair, as happened in a September 2011 accident that killed 1,500 hogs and injured a worker — and the barn will blow.

The foam can appear in one barn but not another on a farm where every barn is operated identically. Once the foam is established, it keeps coming back, regardless of cleaning and decontamination efforts. However, though it is now common in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, and in adjacent parts of northwestern Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin, the foam does not seem to be spreading outside that area. Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/hog-manure-foam/

(No, just in case you wondered, the pig farmers do not need a U.S. D.O.T. Explosives Approval for their operations)

Lithium Batteries –

The latest Apple i-Pad has finally reached the market and the first three million or so i-Pads are in the hands of Apples faithful customers. The only trouble with this outstanding product appears to be heat generated by the lithium battery. Soon after the clients received their new “toy” complaints started rolling in about the fairly high temperature of the units, particularly when being used for games and other high definition visual displays.

Apparently the super-duper graphics are pushing the lithium ion battery to its limits. We hope that this is not a precursor to new lithium battery problems in transportation.  We would remind everyone to shut the i-Pad off when traveling or shipping and do not re-charge the battery over-night.

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)


You might recall our December 2011 Newsletter soapbox comments where CBS’s 60 Minutes disclosed insider trading by U.S. congressional millionaires and almost millionaires.

As March of this year was coming to a close the Senate sent the White House a bill to ban members of Congress and other federal workers from profiting from nonpublic information learned on the job.

President Obama was expected to sign the bill before April 1.

While the bill does not satisfy all of the demands of concerned citizens it is a huge improvement over the present law exempting congress from violations of insider trading in the stock market.

Congressional ratings in public approval polls indicate a 19% or lower rating for members of Congress.

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