|May 2010 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web (All Feature Lithium Batteries)
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.
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:
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: