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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)

  • January 24, 2012 (Tuesday) - AIR RECURRENT
  • February 7-8-9, 2012 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) - AIR INITIAL
  • 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.

Check our website for the 2012 Schedule which is now available.

Our Soap Box

Happy New Year!

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

Last month our rant included the following comment:
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.

We have not been able to locate an update on those numbers.

However, the comment generated about 15 or so phone calls and almost as many e-mails, most of which we think would be inappropriate to put into print or quote in a conversation in mixed company. But most comments ended with the same note – “….that’s why congress will not vote a tax increase for millionaires.”

Meanwhile, more than one hundred millionaires petitioned congress advising that they truly felt that they should pay higher taxes. Perhaps the 1% is not as greedy as most people think – it’s Congress that’s greedy!

Refrigerated Ocean Containers

Last month we reported:
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.

On December 22, DHS’ Daily Report quoted the following:
December 20, Motor-Age – (International) Immediate call to check all R-134a Cylinders worldwide for contamination. Several months ago, Neutronics Inc., Refrigerant Analysis Division, was engaged by the ocean-going shipping industry to assist with a R-134a refrigerant contamination problem that reportedly resulted in several deaths and a significant interruption to ocean-going transport. During the course of this activity, it was discovered the refrigerant-contamination problem was not isolated to a single industry, but had potentially penetrated the R-134a refrigerant supply for applications in many global markets including automotive. Much of the contaminated R-134a refrigerant has been shown to contain significant quantities of R-40 (aka Methyl Chloride or Chloromethane). R-40 is extremely toxic, flammable and highly reactive when exposed to aluminum in that it forms a third, highly volatile compound. It is critical to note the safety concerns that R-40 is a harmful and dangerous material that is not suited for use in R-134a refrigeration air conditioning systems.Most, if not all of the contaminated R-14a has been found in counterfeit labeled "virgin" R-134a cylinders. In one instance, it was reported that "thousands" of 30-pound R-134a refrigerant cylinders have been found to be counterfeits of name-brand product. Other suspect virgin R-134a containers have also been found to contain large quantities of R-22 and R-12 refrigerants.

Refrigerated Ocean Containers continued

Neutronics advised that all industries using R-134a refrigerant immediately test all cylinders thought to be virgin R-134a (including new 30-pound cylinders). This can be done with a Neutronics Ultima ID DX or HV series Refrigerant Identifier. Any cylinder that is "failed" by the identifier or found to contain 100 percent R134a with ANY "Air" or "Non(NCG)" should be isolated. Source: http://motorage.search-autoparts.com/motorage/Industry+News/Immediate-call-to-check-all-R-134a-Cylinders-world/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/753623?contextCategoryId=43145

My genetic make-up causes your editor to be suspicious, indeed, sometimes overly suspicious and without any real merit. But I can’t help wondering, is it sabotage? Carelessness? Untrained workers?

I’m inclined to suspect sabotage. (That’s my mother’s genes at work again)

The above story also brings to mind that almost every day TSA airport personnel discover one or two individuals who “forgot” they had a loaded firearm in their carry-on luggage.

On December 19, officers at Reagan Airport in Washington DC found two throwing daggers hidden in a sculptured out hard cover book. The passenger “surrendered” the daggers (knives) and continued on his flight to Chicago. Gee, I remember when you were almost thrown in jail if you forgot that you had a cigarette lighter in your pocket. But that guy was allowed to board his flight.

Hmmmm. Are there really that many “forgetful” passengers boarding flights these days?

And what about all of those train derailments that occur on an almost daily basis? Poorly maintained tracks? Poorly maintained rail cars?

Mom, your genes have me working overtime!

U.S. FAA –

December 21, Associated Press – (National) FAA issues rules to prevent tired airline pilots. Rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued were issued December 21 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a move safety advocates have been urging for more than 2 decades. The rules update current pilot work schedule regulations, which largely date back to the 1960s, to reflect studies on how much time pilots need for rest, and an understanding of how travel through time zones and the human body clock’s response to light and darkness can affect performance. Carriers have 2 years to adapt to the new rules. The rules would limit the maximum number of hours a pilot can be scheduled to be on duty — including wait time before flights and administrative duties — to between 9 and 14 hours. The total depends upon the time of day pilots begin their first flight, and the number of time zones crossed. The maximum amount of time pilots can be scheduled to fly is limited to 8 or 9 hours, and pilots would get a minimum of 10 hours to rest between duty periods, a 2-hour increase over the old rules. Pilots flying overnight would be allowed fewer hours than pilots flying during the day. But cargo carriers — who do much of their flying overnight when people naturally crave sleep — are exempted from the new rules. The FAA said forcing cargo carriers to reduce the number of hours their pilots can fly would be too costly compared to the safety benefits. The charter airlines that transport nearly 90 percent of U.S. troops around the world had also lobbied heavily for an exemption to the new rules, saying military missions could be jeopardized. But FAA officials rejected those pleas. The rules will prevent about one and a half accidents a year, and an average of six deaths a year, FAA officials said. They will also improve pilots’ health, officials said. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45754819/ns/travel-news/#.TvJAVFai9I5 19. December 21,

Having worked for an all cargo airline for 27 years primarily in operations I wonder why the cargo carriers are exempt from the new rules. I guess they must be a stronger breed of pilots who need no decent rest between flights. And their health does not need to be improved?

9-11 Revisited

An old high school buddy passed this on to me – yes, a really old high school buddy…about how the local harbor boats and ferry operators evacuated half a million people off of lower Manhattan on 9-11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg

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