|June 2007 Newsletter
Check your training records!
After the above date aircraft operators and indirect air carriers (air freight forwarders) may not allow unescorted access to air cargo for any individual unless the operator has submitted the information for that individual to TSA.
Every employee of R-A Specialists has successfully passed TSA's Security Threat Assessment.
U.S. Independence Day - July 4, 2007
Are you planning on shooting off some fireworks?
We all know that fireworks can be terribly dangerous when shipped by air or any other mode of transportation. But when it comes to celebrating our national holiday we tend to forget those dangers in transportation by loading up our vehicles with consumer fireworks and then participating in firework displays at family picnics and backyard barbeques.
Your writer has been involved with hazardous materials for more than 41 years and we learned a lot about the dangers of fireworks very early on. As young parents of small children we were very concerned about our children's safety so we never used fireworks and taught our children to avoid any fireworks used by neighbors. Our children are now adults with young children of their own and they follow those same rules with their children.
In our July 2006 Newsletter, we made the following comment:
In our community a couple of years ago, a young father was firing off rocket-type fireworks in order to entertain his family and neighbors at a block party. One rocket never fired and after a couple of minutes he went to inspect the faulty rocket. As he leaned over the firing tube, the rocket roared to life and decapitated the poor soul. After the rocket hit the man, it went wildly into a wooded area behind his home and set fire to trees.
Please! Avoid a potential tragedy. Don't play with fireworks.
We have been proud members of the National Fire Protection Association since 1985. We are members of the Aviation and Education Sections. NFPA has provided its members with the following link and some serious statistics concerning fireworks. Please heed their advice (and ours) - stay far away from "consumer" fireworks and don't try to create your own show. It might be tragic.
If you are a parent of a young child, please turn on your speakers and click on mms://rodan.implex.net/alliedvaughn/NFPA/Consumer_Fireworks_300k.wmv
Facts & figures
Source: NFPA’s Fireworks, by John R. Hall, Jr., April 2007
At R-A Specialists there is hardly a day that we do not learn something new.....
What are NPEs? (Nonyl Phenol Ethoxylates)
NPEs are what scientists describe as endocrine disruptors.
There are tentative links to suggest that endocrine disruptors may cause elevated risks of testicular, breast, and ovarian cancers and may explain early puberty in girls and under development of genitals in boys. We found this bit of information from our local newspaper, the Long Island Newsday, when they published an article about sex changes from male to female in flounder fish in Jamaica Bay, which borders JFK Airport in New York. NPEs are used in commercial detergents and cleaning agents and as plasticizers in baby bottles, teethers and toys for infants as well as shampoos, soaps, and hand lotions. The endocrine disruptors probably seep into the water systems from sewer treatment plants and septic systems. Similar observations concerning the fish have been made throughout the world.
European and Canadian Regulators have banned NPEs in laundry detergents, cleaners, and cosmetics. Most major U.S. manufacturers have voluntarily discontinued their use in detergents and cosmetics but you might want to play closer attention to the ingredients of cleansing agents, toothpaste, cosmetics and soaps that are manufactured in less-developed countries.
Speaking of ingredients....
We recently had to be called in by a carrier to remove tubes of toothpaste from a large import shipment because it contained Diethylene Glycol (DEG), the main ingredient in anti-freeze. The DEG was used by the manufacturer to "sweeten" the toothpaste. DEG is forbidden in food, drugs, cosmetics, or drinking water applications. Although it does not meet the definition of a hazardous material because the LD-50 ratings are fairly high, it can cause kidney and liver damage if swallowed, and lung damage if the fluid accidentally gets into the lungs.
Dangerous Goods Advisory Council
November 14-16, 2007
Join DGAC this November in the beautiful city of Santa Fe, New Mexico for the 29th Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition.
Check the DGAC Website for additional information at www.dgac.org