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.
U.S. DOT/PHMSA –
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.
We only use Skolnik Drums.
Our Soap Box
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.