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January 2011 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Hopefully, 2011 will be better than 2010 for world peace, health and prosperity.

IATA Addendum to the Dangerous Goods Regulations, 52nd Edition

Click on this link to download the addendum directly from IATA:

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011 (All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent*, January 11, 2011
  • Ocean Initial Training** January 25-26-27, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial, Feb 8-9-10, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent**, February 15, 2011
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.

* The Dangerous Goods by Air programs will feature the 2011 IATA Regulations.
** The Dangerous Goods by Ocean programs will feature the new Amendment 35

Check our website for the 2011 Schedule which is now available.

24 Hour Emergency Phone Contact

Effective 1 October 2010 U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA required that shippers must identify the person or organization providing the 24 hour emergency phone contact and the contract number if an outside agency such as Chemtrec or Chemtel or Infotrac is being used as the emergency number.

While most domestic U.S. shippers consistently use a “800” telephone number, if the shipment is to be exported that 800 number can’t be dialed from overseas. Therefore, for exports, shipper must show the international access codes, i.e., country code, city or area code, and the local exchange telephone number. Some countries and carriers require the “+” sign before the country code – we suggest using the + sign before the country code in all cases since the “+” sign indicates that the caller should be using his or her own code to dial an international call.

There is another issue related to this emergency phone contact – the shipper must provide the emergency responder with current information for the dangerous goods. There may be potential problems in this area if the shipper does not provide the emergency responder with a current MSDS.

FedEx Shippers Note -

A very important new Operator Variation by FedEx, FX-18, will require a self editing version of a computer-generated dangerous goods declaration as FedEx leads the way with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) which is acceptable to ICAO/IATA and U.S. D.O.T.

Lithium Batteries -- still waiting, and waiting, and waiting….and waiting

We are still waiting for the U.S. proposed changes. Stay tuned. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is still reviewing the proposed regulation. OMB can accept the rule, reject the rule, or send it back to DOT/PHMSA for additional work or changes.

Keep checking our website for the updates. This will have an effect on both imports and exports.

Visit our website often in order to check on the U.S. D.O.T. changes regarding lithium batteries.


Our soap box:

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

Three months ago we invited our website visitors to submit their gripes or rants.

A long haul trucker sent in a lengthy rant laced with language that could never qualify as the “King’s English” that essentially griped about the failure of local drivers to practice even basic loading, bracing and blocking rules in order to secure the cargo from shifting during normal driving conditions. While the trucker took aim at New York Area drivers it probably is a common practice followed by “amateur” drivers in and around many other major cities.

We have to agree with our trucker/reader. We see the results rather frequently as some of this freight is turned over to us for repacking. Of course, if the non-braced cargo happens to be hazardous materials we read about the results in our local newspapers or on the TV News. Traffic tie-ups, fires, accidents, community evacuations are sometimes the result of poor (and unsafe) loading procedures by either the driver or warehouse personnel. No doubt long work hours, lack of proper equipment or training, unsafe vehicles, traffic conditions and the economy all affect this situation.

Send your Soapbox Rant to raclass@r-a-specialists.com.

We might have to edit them a little but we will remain true to your real frustrations.

Speaking of truckers…..

Truck Drivers Duty Time -

U.S.D.O.T. is working on setting new time limits for truck drivers. This could be the first change in driver duty time in 60 years according to Reuters News Organization. DOT is proposing that the maximum time that a driver can be “behind the wheel” should be reduced to 10 hours per 14-hour day including a 1 hour break. The time allowed between the end of one work week and the start of another work week would be increased to 34 hours.

Pilot’s Duty Time

U.S. FAA is also working diligently at reducing the number of hours on duty as well as the number of hours of actual flying that flight deck and cabin crews may work in any 24 hour period. Adequate crew rest is also an issue that is under scrutiny. Numerous studies have pinpointed flight crew fatigue is a major issue as new longer-range aircraft flying through 23 time zones have added to the risks for not only the crew members but also the traveling public. New regulations are expected to be issued sooner rather than later.

Train Engineers and Conductors Duty Time

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration and the railroads are also addressing the fatigue problem by improving crew rest facilities, better scheduling and attention to off duty time.

Keep the above three items in your mind. Fatigue affects safety whether you are driving a truck, an aircraft, a train, or a car.

Did you know that the U.S. D.O.T. has increased maximum hazmat penalties to $55,000 and $110,000 for serious violations during 2010 and 2011?


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