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January 2009 Newsletter

Have you checked your training records lately?Check your training records -
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web

  • Dangerous Goods by Air - Recurrent Training – January 14, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training – January 21, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training – January 27-28-29 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday)
  • Hazmat Training for Importers & Brokers – February 10, 2009 (Tuesday)
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent Training – February 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial Training – February 24-25-26 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday)
  • On Line Domestic Hazmat Training Program for the Cosmetics Industry - available 24/7 –A/V Program.

Our complete 2009 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.

Lithium Batteries (Oh, no! More regulations?)

Yes, plenty of new regulations.

If you have been shipping Lithium Batteries by air per ICAO/IATA Special Provision A-45, you will no longer be able to take advantage of that Special Provision starting on January 1, 2009. The lithium battery entries in the 2008 air regulations have been replaced by six new entries. New marking and labeling and documentation requirements will go into effect on January 1.

Please don’t call us to explain the new battery regulations – it will probably take us 6 or more hours to go over all the details.

For many months we have been cautioning customers (and potential customers) that use outdated MSDS’s to ship their lithium batteries. If you do not have a new MSDS that has been issued over the past 2 months you will more than likely be in violation of the new rules. This will lead to frustration and potential fines.

Adding to the confusion, IATA has just issued an addendum to the 2009 (50th Edition) of the Dangerous Goods Regulations. You can click on the link on our opening page to download the Addendum. Of course, it’s of no value if you do not have the 50th Edition of the IATA Regulations at this time.

We recently conducted an in-house training program for a major cosmetics manufacturer. As part of every program we insist on covering all of the classifications. While the company wanted us to home in on perfumes and colognes and nail polish, as we were discussing class 2 and class 9 we discovered that they also ship aerosols and lithium batteries and cell phones for the employees. We would hope that all employees stop to consider items that they ship routinely that may turn out to be hazardous. Please, so that you don’t ship undeclared dangerous goods, think about the items that you ship. Could they be dangerous?

In previous newsletters over a number of years we have pointed out items that people use every day that may be hazardous. Cigarette lighters, all types of batteries, aerosol products, mouthwash, antibacterial soap, automobile struts and shock absorbers, air bags, flavouring and aromatic extracts (yes, even the ones that are not flammable may be aviation regulated liquids or solids), magnetized material, smoke detectors – the list goes on and on.

Did you know that the GPS (global positioning system) that you might have in your car contains a lithium battery? So, too, your iPod or Blackberry, MP3 Portable Players and similar devices.



We rely on a number of data bases to verify MSDS information on a daily basis. In order to help a client we downloaded a template from http://www.msdssearch.com/

If you company is still using outdated formats with incomplete information you can download the form directly from the above link or click here for a printable MSDS form .

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

For over thirty years the DGAC has been a leader in promoting safety in transportation. The council has been an advocate for the chemical industry as well as for transporters of dangerous goods/hazardous materials.

Over the past year DGAC has proudly highlighted its accomplishments and if you are involved in manufacturing or transporting dangerous goods it would be well worth your while to visit their website at www.dgac.org to get an idea on how DGAC operates. Your company should seriously consider becoming a member of this outstanding organization.

Have a happy and safe new year.


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