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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Initial Training December 6-7-8**
  • Dangerous Goods by Ocean – Initial Training December 27-28-29
  • 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 the 2011 Schedule which is now available.


For quite some time the DOT Safety Inspectors have been addressing the requirements for closure instructions for all type of drums. Much too often we’ve been called by carrier personnel wondering why drums of liquid chemicals leak at the closures or odors of both liquids and solids seem to be quite prominent in the transport vehicle or the warehouse. In most cases we would assume that the shipper failed to follow the instructions from the drum manufacturer. In one case in particular, we ran across a shipper who purchased drums from one supplier and the closures from another supplier – they did not match and it created an enormous problem (more than 100 drums).

From our colleague Howard Skolnik of Skolnik drums in Chicago, once again we are stealing an article from his latest newsletter.

Drum Components and Closure Instructions of UN Packagings Are Not Interchangeable

“While steel drums may look alike, once they are United Nations certified for hazardous materials, they are as unique as each manufacturer. The entire design of a UN drum, and all its components (metal thickness of the body and heads, ring type, gasket, bolt, nut, plugs), is defined when being subjected to the Performance Oriented Packaging Standards per CFR 178.600, the US Code of Federal Regulations. The specific components used to perform the test comprise a drum type, or certification, that must meet a designated test standard for classified HazMat products. Once in the field, shippers cannot alter or interchange any of these components, even though they may appear similar, as it will impact the ability of the drum to perform as certified. This also applies to the required Closure Instructions per CFR 178.2(c), which are required to be given to the shipper by the packaging manufacturer. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get the originally tested components from the manufacturer. Once a drum enters transportation, compliance with the UN Certification is the responsibility of the shipper.

Howard Skolnik”
We only use Skolnik Drums.

Our Soap Box

We're Back!
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time – this time it’s the economy, stupid (congress)

On Sunday, November 6th, CBS 60 Minutes did a segment about U.S. Congress and one of the most infamous of lobbyists that ever operated in Washington DC: Jack Abramoff.

If you have ever wondered why the U.S. Congress passes laws with loopholes for certain businesses this particular program will open your eyes and perhaps cause considerable anger.

If you missed the program, you can see the interview at CBS News (click here)

If you are a regular monthly visitor to our website you probably already know that we have been a constant follower of CBS 60 Minutes ever since it first appeared on TV in 1978. Sometimes (rarely) we have disagreed with the program – mostly we have found it informative and thought-provoking. We have to admit, the segment listed above made us mad as hell.

CBS also did a segment about Andy Rooney who passed away on November 4, 2011, just a few short weeks after retirement. Mr. Rooney was everyone’s curmudgeon. He truly represented little things that bothered us all, even when we didn’t know it until he mentioned it at the end of almost every show. When he retired it made us sad. When he passed away it made us much sadder. Andy Rooney – R.I.P.

Lithium Batteries

Last month we had reported that the United States DOT/FAA had submitted a paper to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel October 2011 meeting proposing that ICAO should consider all lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries be fully regulated, with the exception of those batteries installed or packed with equipment.

The ICAO Panel did not adopt the U.S. Proposal but a working group will review the lithium battery regulations hopefully in time for the Panel take some action, suggest further review, or drop the issue completely.

Meanwhile, the accident investigation of the UPS Dubai accident preliminary report was issued indicating that there were a number of shipments of interest that may have contained lithium batteries that were not declared. The investigation is continuing.

And, the U.S. Congress is pressuring the DOT to stop attempting to strengthen the regulations on lithium batteries… which reminds us to remind you to read the first three paragraphs of our Soap Box entry this month. You really ought to take the time to click on that 60 Minutes link.

PS –
261 - Number of millionaires in the last Congress, out of a total of 535 members. The median wealth of a House member in 2009 stood at $765,010, while the median wealth for a senator in 2009 was nearly $2.38 million.

Members of the House and Senate made investments last year in a number of companies that have a strong presence on Capitol Hill, spending large sums on lobbying efforts and political donations. The most popular company among members of Congress, CRP found, was General Electric, in which 82 current members invested. The second most popular company was Bank of America, which 63 members invested in. Of course, seeing how Bank of America seems to be teetering right now, you can bet the politicians have started to bail out of that company.

CRP is the Center for Responsive Politics.

Refrigerated Ocean Containers

November 7, IFW.com – (Washington; International) More explosive containers found at port. At least 10 more potentially explosive containers have been found at the Port of Seattle with a question mark still hanging over the fate of the growing collection of containers. Earlier this year, maritime authorities reported three reefer containers exploded or caused a fire, resulting in two fatalities in Vietnam, and one in Brazil. The explosions were believed to be the result of contaminated gas added to the boxes’ refrigeration units during servicing in Vietnam. According to local reports, a growing stack of 80 refrigerated containers at the Port of Seattle has been sitting by itself, isolated from the rest of the port for safety reasons. The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working with the terminal operators to keep the 80 containers away from everyone, but admits there is no specific plan yet for dealing with them. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents the various terminal operators, said it is looking for a solution to checking each container. These at-risk containers are being turned away from terminal operators, and as a result, they remain out in the public. Meantime, the union is worried about containers that left Vietnam and may have passed through local ports before the security alert was put in place. The three reefers that exploded were operated by Maersk Line, but since the danger was reported, all carriers were scrambling to find any reefers that were repaired in Vietnam since February. Maersk has removed all of its 844 reefer containers that were repaired in Vietnam. Source: IFW

We will be closed December 23-24-25 and 30-31 and January 1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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