|Sept 2011 Newsletter
9/11/01 – WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Ten years ago America experienced the enormous tragedy of 9-11. Our September 2001 newsletter was already on our website and did not reflect this tragedy. For the days that followed we came to work but there was no work to be done…the nation’s transportation system was shut down. Each day our eyes were glued to the TV witnessing over and over again the tragedies of that infamous Monday morning. Like most Americans our eyes were filled with tears for the victims. Our hearts were filled with grief as the thousands of funeral services began. We grieved for the families and particularly for the children of the victims.
In our October 2001 newsletter we gave a link to a newspaper article by Kathie Scobee Fulgham, the daughter of Dick Scobee, commander of the space shuttle Challenger on its final mission, Jan. 28, 1986. She wrote this essay for Gannett News Service. It appeared in the newspaper Florida Today on September 20, 2001. We suggested that it might help those children to better cope with their grief. Mrs. Fulgham walked that same path.
We miss them terribly and will never forget them.
Upcoming Dangerous Goods
Training Classes - 2011
(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features D.O.T. Special Permit 9275)
In-House Training subject to schedule availability.
* The Dangerous Goods by Air programs will feature the
2011 IATA Regulations.
Check our website for the 2011 Schedule which is now available.
2012 IATA Changes in the Regulations
You can download advance information at: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Documents/DGR53_SignificantChanges.pdf
From MSDS On Line:
Manufacturers and shippers can get more information at: http://www.msdsonline.com/NewsReleases/OSHAAdoptionOfGHS.aspx
For those shippers who are members of Chemtrec or other agencies we remind you that your MSDS information must be up-to-date and transportation information must be current. Your hazmat documents must identify the agency and include the contract or other identifying number.
Our soap box:
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.
Last month we ranted about U.S. DOT/PHMSA approvals for explosive power devices (cartridges) covered by UN numbers 0323, 0366, 0441, 0445, 0455, 0456, 0460, and 0500. The former approvals for those articles became null and void on January 1, 2011.
Since the “old” approvals had no expiration date how would the average airline acceptance agent know that the approval was no longer valid? We suspect that the SP A165 is being overlooked and the USDOT/PHMSA HM-215K was so voluminous that key personnel have missed this important requirement.
PHMSA has advised us that they are aware of the problem but the manufacturers are only just sending in the new test results based upon the UN manual of Tests 6(d). The procedure usually takes 6 weeks – probably longer due to the DOT’s backlog of Special Permits and Approvals. Hurricane Irene no doubt has also affected the processing since Washington DC suffered electrical blackouts and extensive flooding causing many federal workers difficulties in returning to work.
Send your Soapbox Rant to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We might have to edit them a little but we will remain true to your real frustrations.
Lithium Batteries – another incident?
In our September 2010 newsletter we noted two airline accidents that may have been caused by lithium batteries. 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.
Last month we added a last-minute item about Asiana Airlines:
We pointed out that there is no definitive cause of the fire but we noticed how quickly those having professional interests in airline safety were quick to sense that there might be a relationship between a cargo compartment fire and the presence of lithium batteries.
And, now this from the U.S. FAA: http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=13083
If you ship lithium batteries IATA has an excellent guidance document for shipping lithium batteries by air. It is available also in French and Spanish. You can download a copy at:
If you do not know what you are doing – don’t ship lithium batteries!
The life you save may be mine.