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May 2010 Newsletter

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web (All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training – May 4 (Tuesday)
  • Warehouse and Driver Hazmat Training – May 11 (Tuesday)
  • Domestic Shippers & Importers Hazmat Training – May 18 (Tuesday)
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent Training – June 15 (Tuesday)
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training – June 22-23-24 (Tues-Wed-Thurs)
  • On Line Domestic Hazmat Training Program for the Cosmetics Industry - available 24/7 –A/V Program.

Our complete 2010 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 by e-mail or telephone a few days prior to the class.

Chemical Safety Board Website

Want to get a better idea on just how dangerous some chemicals are?  Check out the CSB website at http://www.csb.gov/videoroom/videos.aspx?cid=1&F_All=y   

We check out the CSB videos every once in a while. What prompted us to go back to the CSB site was a phone call from a freight forwarder who just wanted us to verify that a cylinder with a green label on it meant that it was not dangerous and therefore not regulated. The employee was wrong and we suggested that she might want to review a couple of short videos that the CSB has available for viewing. In this case, it was nitrogen gas which can cause suffocation.

Hazard labels are placed on boxes, drums, cylinders and hazard placards are placed on larger tanks and storage facilities and vehicles to warn us of a potential danger. Pay attention. Stay alert. Use caution.

And, don’t take any risks.

By the way, the phone call that prompted the above was not at all unusual to us. If you are involved in transporting or storing any “labelled” products make sure your employees have received training.

Shanghai World Expo

China’s Shanghai World Expo (Worlds Fair) runs from May 1 to October 31 and promises to be quite spectacular. In conjunction with the Expo, the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority has placed severe restrictions on dangerous goods movements in the area of Shanghai. Check with your freight forwarder or carrier before shipping any dangerous goods to that area during the Expo.

Lithium Batteries

we are waiting for the other shoe to drop. U.S.D.O.T./PHMSA is expected to publish final rules dealing with lithium battery shipments by 1-1-11. The comment period ended in March and numerous comments were submitted to PHMSA based upon the proposed rule-making.

In the interests of global harmonization we would hope that the final rule adopts the present ICAO Technical Instructions.

To view the comments that have been submitted to PHMSA click on this link:

Warehouse Training:

Perhaps the weakest link in hazmat safety.

If you have a fairly busy warehouse, no, you are not in compliance with Domestic or International Transportation Laws if you have trained only one person. And, if the one person is not trained you may be in serious trouble. Worse yet, if they haven’t cleared the TSA’s Security Threat Assessment and the employees have access to cargo, then you’re in bigger trouble.

Some examples of fines issued by U.S. DOT/PHMSA:

Failed to provide general awareness, function-specific, and security awareness training; failed to register with PHMSA for the past 3 years; offered acetone, 3, and other hazardous materials in non-bulk packages that were not marked with the proper shipping name and UN identification number for the materials and did not bear the required hazardous material warning label;   offered acetone, 3, and other hazardous materials in unauthorized non-UN standard 5-gallon open-head steel pails; offered hazardous materials, accompanied by shipping papers that variously failed to provide (1) the proper shipping name, (2) hazard class, and (3) packing group for the materials, (4) an emergency response telephone number, (5) the total quantity of material/unit of measure, and (6) the type of packaging. 

$ 12,000

Offered misclassified hazardous material in unauthorized non-UN standard combination packages; offered hydrochloric acid solution, 8, in UN-standard combination packages that were not closed in accordance with the manufacturer's closure notification; failed to provide function-specific and security awareness training; offered compound cleaning liquid, 8, accompanied by a shipping paper that failed to provide the proper shipping description for the material and in a packaging that was not properly labeled and marked with the proper shipping name and identification number for the material. 

$ 13,656

Offered primary lithium batteries, 9, in packagings that were not marked "PRIMARY LITHIUM BATTERIES-FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORT ABOARD PASSENGER AIRCRAFT" and not packaged, marked, and described as required. 

$ 4,500

Offered batteries, wet, non-spillable, 8, as undeclared, without a hazardous material shipping paper, in packagings that were not marked with the proper shipping name and UN identification number for the material, without hazardous material warning labels, and without the required "Nonspillable" or "Nonspillable Battery" marking, that resulted in substantial destruction of property; offered batteries, wet, non-spillable, 8, in fiberboard boxes without being properly secured to protect against short circuits. 

$ 106,000


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