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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial Training November 15-16-17
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Recurrent Training November 22
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent Training November 29*
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training December 6-7-8**
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

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 Ocean Training programs feature the IMDG 35th Amendment
** The November & December air training classes will feature the 2012 (53rd Edition) of the IATA regulations

Check our website for the2011 Schedule which is now available.

Did you know?

The tiny particles in laser printer toner create a static charge when vacuumed and can explode your vacuum bag. (Source: AOL). How come the manufactures’ MSDS indicate “not regulated”?.

Airline Employees:

TIf you are accepting 1.4S explosives be certain to check the special provisions. If SP 165 applies, the competent authority approval must indicate that the articles have successfully passed Test Series 6(d) of Part I of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria. Older approvals prior to January 2011 are no longer valid.

Airline employees are required to practice “due diligence” – meaning make sure the shipper has declared his shipment correctly and followed all of the regulations. Actually, this applies to everyone in the supply chain and in all modes of transportation. Don’t ever assume that “It’s not my job”.

2012 Training Schedule

We are still putting our 2012 schedule together. Check back with this website next month. Note that the new IMDG Amendment 35-10 is mandatory effective 1 January 2012. Don’t forget -- training is the law!

2012 IATA Changes in the Regulations

You can download advance information at: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Documents/DGR53_SignificantChanges.pdf

Lithium Batteries – again….and again

The United States has submitted a paper to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel October 2011 meeting proposing that all lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries be fully regulated. The suggestion does not include batteries installed in equipment or batteries packed with equipment. The present packing instructions 965 and 968 would discontinue the relaxations provided by Section II. As a result, shippers would be mandated to train their employees in the regulations – proper identification, packing, marking, labeling, and documentation (and pilot notification) are the hallmarks of safety in transportation.

In our December 2009 Newsletter we strongly suggested that all lithium batteries be fully regulated. The suggestion was motivated by the number of inquiries that we receive on a daily basis. Jumping ahead to November 2011 the inquiries have not subsided and oftentimes the questions raised are from people who have called us many times previously and almost always with the same questions. This indicates that the so-called non-restricted or non-regulated battery portions of these packing instructions are too complicated for the average shipper or forwarder to grasp.

However, we would point out that Section II covering batteries installed in equipment or packed with equipment are just as confusing. Case in point: Laptop Computers. Most laptops require 9 or more cells per battery. Some laptops require two batteries or can be purchased with that configuration. If the batteries are installed in the laptops, P/I 967, for example, requires that if the package contains more than 4 cells or more than 2 batteries the package would require the lithium battery handling label. Clearly a 6 or 9 cell battery exceeds that requirement but in most cases the shipper not only fails to label the packages but also fails to tell the carrier that the batteries are present in the package. And we haven’t even addressed the watt hours per cell or the total watt hours per battery. While we now are starting to see the watt hours marked on the newer batteries, the information is not readily available to the shipper who is not always the manufacturer.

Added to that confusion is the perception that “excepted batteries” are “not restricted” or “not regulated” and that must mean the shipper can pack the product any way he wants or that is most convenient. After all, cutting transportation costs is a prime concern.

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