Happy New Year!
The staff at R-A Specialists, Inc. extends our best
wishes to our clients, vendors, business colleagues,
friends, relatives, and visitors for a peaceful, prosperous,
and healthy New Year.
In March of 2002 we will be celebrating 26 years of
service dedicated to the safe transportation of hazardous
materials. We are most grateful to our loyal customers
and our dedicated staff who have made this possible.
As usual, as we look for some inspiration to write
these monthly newsletters, we review notes, website
feedback, experiences old and new, and conversations
with staff members, clients, potential clients, industry
colleagues and regulatory personnel.
This month we had no better source for material than
current events that unfolded before our eyes in the
newspapers and TV over the attempted destruction of
American Airlines Flight 63 by a terrorist on 22 December
2001. The deranged madman smuggled explosive devices
in his footwear and was attempting to set the fuse when
an observant passenger alerted flight attendants and
other passengers. The flight was enroute from Paris
to Miami and after the crew and passengers subdued the
terrorist the flight diverted to Boston and the madman
was taken into custody. The passengers and crew were
saved by the alertness of one passenger and the heroic
actions of the other passengers and crewmembers. We
salute their bravery and prompt action and are overjoyed
that everyone survived this ordeal.
On September 11 United Airlines Flight 93, 44 passengers
and crew perished as the aircraft crashed in Somerset
County, Pennsylvania as a result of those heroic passengers
attempting to regain control of the aircraft after the
hijackers took control of the flight and diverted it
towards Washington. Surely they prevented destruction
of a greater magnitude and we admire their courage and
their sacrifice and deeply mourn their passing.
We learned at least two things from UA 93 on 9-11 -
fight back and be alert to what is going on around you.
We have no doubt that the tragedy of UA 93 inspired
the passengers on AA 63.
In the hazard library part of this website, under the
heading of "hazard classifications", we mention
fireworks in divisions 1.3 and 1.4 as examples of explosives.
In our "Old Hot Links" section of this website,
the July 2001 "Hot Link" reads:
"July 3, 2001
To our U.S.A. Visitors to this website:
On July 4th, we celebrate our national holiday, Independence
Day. Cities, towns and villages throughout the nation
will add to the celebration with thrilling professional
fireworks displays. On July 5th newspaper stories and
TV news will feature many descriptions of these events.
On a sadder note, newspapers will also provide us with
too numerous accounts of injuries and death caused by
children and adults who do not take into consideration
the dangers involved with these explosives. Most of
these high-powered special fireworks displays are 1.2G,
1.3G and 1.4G Explosives. In most States it is illegal
to possess and to set off these fireworks. Even the
smaller firecrackers are classified as 1.4S Explosives
and history indicates that many children have lost fingers
or been severely burned or lost eyesight or became deaf
from unsupervised or careless handling of these so-called
minor explosives. Don't become a statistic. Leave the
fireworks displays to the professionals."
On Saturday, December 29, 2001, more than 300 people
were killed in a massive fireworks accident in Lima,
Peru. The fire started late Saturday and spread throughout
four blocks of downtown Lima until it was extinguished
after midnight Sunday.
A box of fireworks that accidentally exploded caused
the fire. It is believed that a customer of a fireworks
vendor set off a fairly simple firecracker and that,
in turn, set off the other nearby fireworks.
Pyrotechnic rockets flew through the air, hitting vehicles
and nearby shops that also sold fireworks. Emergency
workers are still searching for bodies as we attempt
to finish this newsletter. Peru has just made the manufacture,
use, sale, or importation of fireworks illegal.
Those of us in transportation and safety-related jobs
use the words "hazardous" and "dangerous"
to describe all explosives, even the so-called recreational
fireworks. We know the potential dangers. If only the
general public would follow that advice
U.S. D.O.T. is enforcing the new
placard restrictions -
Truck owners and drivers would be wise to review the
restrictions concerning placarding on vehicles. The
FMCSA is enforcing the restrictions with potential $27500
fines - click onto the following link for more information:
We had alerted truckers about this in our September
2001 Newsletter. For a link to that back issue click
Surely by now all truck drivers have felt the aftershocks
of increased inspections as a result of the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Two
other links that you should check out are the requirements
for Hazmat Registration at http://hazmat.dot.gov/register.htm
Training requirements at http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubtrain/trainreq.htm
At the top of our Welcome Page, click on "Contact
Us" if you have any questions. We will be pleased
to attempt to help you confidentially if you are apprehensive
about contacting the D.O.T.'s RSPA, FAA, USCG, or FMCSA
directly with your questions. But, honestly, those administrations
are there to help you and they really do try. Their
goals are the same as yours and ours - to improve safety
you for participating in this month's quiz. Happy New Year!
Your HAZMAT quiz
for January, 2002:
Just roll your mouse over
for the answer!
need a copy of the U.S. Regulations for this quiz
What placards are required
for the following scenarios:
- A semi-trailer
containing 2,000 pounds of Class 8, 300 pounds of
Division 4.3, and 4,000 pounds of ORM-D
- A semi-trailer
loaded with 700 pounds of Class 8, 100 pounds
of Division 2.2, and 300 pounds of ORM-D.
- A truck
loaded with 500 lbs. of Div. 4.1 and 600 Lbs. of Div.
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