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Effective March 1,
2000, oxygen cylinders will no longer be permitted to be loaded on passenger-carrying
aircraft and in inaccessible cargo compartments on cargo aircraft only.
you ship oxygen cylinders you would normally use the ICAO & IATA Packing
Instruction 200. If there
is no valve protection feature on the cylinder the shipper is required
to further pack the cylinder in a wood or fibreboard box. Note that this
P/I specifically requires you to comply with the competent authority of
the state of origin. There
are also State Variations that must be considered.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs
Administration (RSPA) is the Competent Authority in the United States.
RSPA's final rule covering the oxygen cylinders is mandatory for all U.S.
Flag Carriers worldwide and Foreign Flag carriers entering or transiting
and loading oxygen is covered by 49CFR Part 175, which affects all carriers
in the U.S.A.
The only exceptions
to this rule by the Research and Special Programs Administration of the
U.S. Department of Transportation will be oxygen cylinders that are packaged
in ATA Specification 300 boxes.
These boxes are fire resistant and should maintain a low
enough temperature to prevent the cylinders from
venting the oxygen in a fire within the baggage compartment.
There are further restrictions even if the required outer packaging meets the ATA 300 specification:
1. No more than six oxygen cylinders may be loaded in a baggage compartment on a passenger-carrying aircraft or in an inaccessible compartment in an all-cargo aircraft.
2. The cylinders must be loaded either on the baggage compartment floor, or the floor of a unit load device (ULD).
The airline will be
allowed to load one oxygen cylinder in the passenger cabin for emergency
medical use during the flight provided it is packaged in an ATA 300 specification
and reservations agents and cargo agents should be alerted to this new
Shippers and forwarders
wishing to ship oxygen cylinders on passenger-carrying aircraft must insure
that the appropriate outer packaging is used.
R-A Specialists, Inc.
does not have these packagings available at the present time.
The rule applies to
U.S. Flag Carriers and Foreign Flag carriers operating to or from U.S.
Cities and to all carriers transiting U.S. airspace.
For a full copy of the D.O.T. final rule you may download it by clicking Here.
important issues for March 2000.
Community - the EC.
you transport, load or unload dangerous cargoes in the European Community
or European Union you may well be affected by the EC Directive that went
into effect on 1 January 2000.
EC now requires that certain shippers, distribution centers, freight forwarders,
and carriers must have a Safety Advisor either on the payroll or under
contract to perform safety audits, training, accident investigations,
and issue reports on the handling of dangerous goods.
The Safety Advisor must be certified by one of the EU Countries
after taking a one or two week training class and passing a difficult
written 3 part test procedure. We have initially dedicated two EC-Certified
employees and a part time clerical worker to this project. We anticipate
opening an office in Europe (hopefully, Ireland) to handle this service
but for the present time we will operate these functions from our New
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