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December 2008 Newsletter

Check your training records -
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web

  • December 2-3-4, Dangerous goods by Air – Initial Training (limited number of openings)
  • January 14, 2009, Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training
  • January 21, 2009, Warehouse Employee Training
  • On Line Training Program for the Cosmetics Industry - available 24/7.

Our complete 2008 training schedule is posted on this website.

Check your current training records - if you are close to the expiration date make your reservations now for any of our classes throughout the year. We always remind attendees a few days prior to the class.

Are you shipping perfumes and colognes via the U.S. Post Office (U.S. Postal Service)?

With the holiday season quickly approaching, be aware of the various regulations that will have an effect on your business or gift-giving. If so, you should review the following Postal Regulation.

10.13.5 Special Permit Authorization DOT-SP 9275
Manufacturers and distributors seeking to mail parcels via air transportation in accordance with Department of Transportation Special Permit 9275 must submit a written request for approval to the manager, Mailing Standards (see 608.8.0 for address). Approval to mail parcels using DOT-SP 9275 allows the mailer to use First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, or Parcel Select services for shipping in compliance with all DOT regulations in DOT-SP 9275 and the following mailing requirements:

  1. Mailers must present a current copy of their DOT Special Permit Authorization letter with a written request for approval to the manager, Mailing Standards.
  2. Once approved, mailers must present a copy of their approval letter from the manager, Mailing Standards (to be kept on file at the office of mailing) at the time of their first mailing at any given postal facility, along with a copy of their current DOT Special Permit Authorization letter. It is the mailers responsibility to provide the office of mailing with updated DOT Special Permit approval letters. The Postal Service may refuse mailings not supported by a current DOT authorization letter.
  3. Mailers must enter parcels using First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, or Parcel Select service via a USPS-authorized manifest mailing system (MMS) (see 705.2.0).
  4. Mailers must label each parcel on the address side with "USPS Approved DOT-SP 9275" using at least 14-point type.
  5. Parcels must weigh 10 pounds or less. Each inner package (receptacle) may not exceed 16 ounces of flammable liquid or 1 pound of solids containing flammable liquid.
  6. Mailers must ensure that all addressees are notified that they are not authorized to remail the contents of the parcel via the Postal Service under DOT-SP 9275. Mailers must include the following notice: "Flammable substances contained in these packages may be mailed only by consumers (the addressee) via surface transportation in accordance with 10.13. Full responsibility rests with the mailer to comply with all postal and nonpostal statutes and regulations regarding mail. Information regarding postal statutes, regulations, and mailing requirements is available from your local Postmaster or Postal Service Business Mail Entry Manager, and at the Postal Service's mailing standards Web site at pe.usps.com."
  7. Mailers must comply with the warning and labeling requirements in 21 CFR Part 700 (740.1 and 701.3) when mailing each parcel.

Is your company a party to DOT SP-9275? If not, you can’t ship under those provisions either by mail or regular freight. If you are a party to the special permit, have you trained your employees? Check our Training link on the opening page of this site. We have a nice, simple and inexpensive method of compliance.

Ocean & Air Training Programs

Starting with this month’s classes, the new 2009 Editions of the IMDG and ICAO/IATA will be distributed to attendees.

Lithium Batteries

If you ship Lithium Batteries you might want to consider moving your anticipated recurrent training date up a little. The new regulations are more extensive due to major changes. MSDS’s featuring older lithium battery details will be of no value in trying to stay in compliance. Any MSDS dated prior to October 1, 2008 is not likely to have current regulatory information. If you have been shipping lithium batteries and cells under special provision A45, it has been deleted in the new regulations.

Radioactive Material Training

If you wish to be added to our list for the next radioactive training class (we conduct them only when we can fill 10-12 slots per class) please give our office a call at 516-593-0395. Marianne takes care of our waiting lists.

Meanwhile, for those of you who have trouble with conversions:

1Ci=37GBq=0.037 TBq

Global Harmonization

The Hazardous Cargo Bulletin passed on the following website which is an excellent source of information on harmonization. It provides a good start on the GHS, particularly from the UK and EU perspectives. Check it out. There are some good links as well. http://www.hse.gov.uk/ghs/implications.htm


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