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September 2010 Newsletter

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Dates at JFK and on the web

  • Warehouse & Driver Hazmat training - Initial September 21
  • Ocean Recurrent Training -- November 9
  • Ocean Initial Training-- November 16-17-18
  • Dangerous Goods by Air - Recurrent -- November 30
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial -- December 14-15-16
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.

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.

Training – it’s the law!

Why driver and warehouse personnel need training -

August 6, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – (National) FAA may penalize medical supplier. A Lubbock medical supply company is one of 12 businesses facing possible civil penalties proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials shipping regulations. The FAA is proposing a $54,000 penalty against PSS Medical of Lubbock for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing ammonium nitrate, a corrosive material, to UPS for transportation by air from Lubbock to Las Cruces, New Mexico, December 31, 2009. The shipment was undeclared. Workers at the UPS Louisville hub discovered the package while sorting packages for shipment and delivery. The proposed sanctions were announced August 5. Source: http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2010-08-06/faa-may-penalize-medical-supplier.

At last – some good news!

33 Trapped Chilean Miners Are Alive After 17 Days

Federico Quilodran AP
SANTIAGO, Chile (Aug. 22) -- Chile's president euphorically waved the note, written deep inside a collapsed mine, that his country waited 17 agonizing days to see: "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter," one of the trapped miners wrote in red letters.

Authorities and relatives of the miners hugged, climbed a nearby hill, planted 33 flags and sang the national anthem Sunday after a probe sent some 2,257 feet (688 meters) deep into the mine came back with the note. "Today all of Chile is crying with excitement and joy," President Sebastian Pinera said.

Lithium Batteries

There are no major changes anticipated by ICAO/IATA IN 2011. However, the U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA new rules concerning the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries should be published shortly and despite many comments by manufacturers, importers, distributors, forwarders, and air and highway carriers PHMSA is determined to remain close to its original proposal which is not in tune with international standards. Ironically, the present international standards and particularly the ICAO Regulations were changed drastically as a result of U.S. FAA and PHMSA actions more than three years ago. It has taken PHMSA 3 years to come up with changes in the regulations. And those changes are not consistent changes that were enacted by The U.N., ICAO & IMO that originally addressed the U.S. safety concerns.

Our soap box:

We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.

Two major airline cargo aircraft accidents within 41 days.

On 27 July a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter crashed at the airport at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

On 6 September a UPS B-747-400 freighter crashed at the airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The UPS flight crew perished. The Lufthansa crew was able to escape the burning aircraft after the aircraft broke up on the runway. While newspapers and transportation professionals have speculated that the accidents were caused by hazardous cargo there is no definitive information as yet to verify those opinions.

The UPS flight had a considerable amount of electronics and toys in its cargo load, fueling the speculation that lithium batteries may have been involved. However, we would hasten to add that this is purely speculation at this point. We will wait to see what the accident investigations determine to be the causes.

We know the airline personnel will be scrutinizing cargo more than ever before as a result of these accidents. We would hope that shippers will also pay closer attention to their products and potential dangers that may exist. From time to time we hear comments from shippers that “it is only a small amount so how dangerous can it be?”

It is not so much the amount, but if the product leaks or self-reacts violently how will it affect other cargo on the aircraft. And, if the airline personnel are not aware of dangerous goods (undeclared or miss-declared cargo) how can they possibly provide special handling and stowage techniques to prevent a serious incident or worse.

Be constantly aware of what you are packing and shipping. If you don’t know what is dangerous vs what is harmless, don’t pack or ship it until you find out. And make sure your employees are well trained and very careful.

We know what is dangerous. Do you?

Check the Library Search on our opening page (lower right hand corner of the page). We’ve commented on MSDS’s 25 times; classifications – 11 times; lithium batteries – 43 times; cosmetics – 39 times; corrosives – 7 times; flammable solids – 8 times; gases – 15 times.

Please – be careful!

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

32nd Annual Conference & Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
October 18-20, 2010
Phone: 425/462-1234

DGAC Room Rate: $195 single or double
Reservation Cut-off date: September 24, 2010
For information click on this link: http://www.dgac.org/conferences/

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