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February 2011 Newsletter

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

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial, Feb 8-9-10, 2011
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent**, February 15, 2011
  • March is reserved for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and some in-house training programs
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent April 12, 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.

New Rules

The 2010 IMDG Code Amendment 35 is now available and is being used in our 2011 Ocean Training.

Amendment 34 (2008) may continue to be used until 31 December 2011 and Amendment 35 becomes mandatory on 1 January 2012.

Amendment 35 is authorized for voluntary compliance effective 1 January 2011. There are important changes in the Limited Quantity provisions including a new mark for LTD QTY and the deletion of the exceptions for personal care and household use packages. The new mark is also required on the ocean containers when only limited quantities are packed in the container.

Both IMDG and IATA regulations are working towards a Global Harmonization System that is acceptable to all modes of transportation on a world-wide basis.

Proposed New Rules for U.S. Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing use of on-board recorders to record drivers’ hours of service in place of written records. (Docket FMCSA 2010-0167) The comment period ends on April 4, 2011.

To view or download the proposed rule click on this link:

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.


U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA Final Rules for Hazardous Materials by Air

On January 19, 2011, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule – HM 215K in order to harmonize with the U.N. Model Regulations, the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air, and Amendment 35 if the IMDG Code. This is an 83 page document so save it before attempting to print it.

Most of our readers will be particularly interested in the new requirements for Limited Quantities and the elimination of Consumer Commodities, ORM-D effective January 1, 2014.

There are quite a few other important changes so read the document with extreme care. You can download it at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2010-33324.pdf

Other important changes adopted by DOT/PHMSA include UN 6D testing for 8 UN ID numbers in order to maintain a 1.4S classification. The mandatory compliance date is 1 April 2011.

The explosives affected by this rule are: UN 0323, 0366, 0441, 0445, 0455, 0456, 0460, 0500.

If those explosives have not been re-tested under UN 6D they must be reclassified to a stricter classification and will be forbidden aboard passenger-carrying aircraft.

We are still reading those 83 pages – yes, we are slow readers. So far, there are changes to a number of U.S. Domestic-only proper shipping names, changes in the Limited Quantity marks, additional changes to the Organic Peroxide Table, the adoption of invitro testing for corrosives, and many, many more.

We will be commenting on HM-215K in the future so stay tuned but it would be best if you download the full text and picked a nice quite weekend to read it thoroughly. Perhaps on Super Bowl Sunday?

Our soap box:

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

The good old days.

We remember the days before cell phones when attendees at our training classes lined up at telephone booths in order to call their office or their spouse or friend during coffee breaks or lunch.

We notice more and more students texting their office or friends during the lectures. Aside from being discourteous they often miss out on important comments or topics. Inevitably they also get significantly lower scores on their tests.

How do we respond to rudeness?

It has always been our practice that if you failed the test we would bring you into our office for additional tutoring and a second, but different, test at no additional cost.  This will no longer be the case if we had to ask you twice to shut off your cell phone. Your first  test score will be your only test score.

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.

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