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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
  • May 22-23-24 (Tue-Wed-Thurs) Ocean Initial
  • May 31 (Thursday) – Warehouse Training
  • June 5-6-7 (Tue-Wed-Thurs) Air Initial
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

We added a Warehouse Hazmat Training program in May. If you require training please call Marianne at 516-593-0395 to be placed on the list.

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.
Our entire 2012 schedule is posted on this website.>

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


Vigilant TSA passenger screening agents continue intercept loaded guns, knives, even machetes in passenger carry-on luggage. We can’t imagine how an airline traveler can possibly “forget” that they had a loaded firearm in their carry-on luggage or checked baggage. Yet on almost a daily basis somewhere in the U.S. TSA agents continue to spot these violations. During the seven day period 4-27 to 5-3, 2012, TSA caught 23 firearms in carry-on luggage. 22 of those guns were loaded.

If you travel by air only once or twice a year you should check out the TSA website at http://www.tsa.gov/

On the right hand side of the opening page check out “What to know before you go” and particularly “prohibited items”.

Have a good, safe and uneventful flight.

For our gun-toting readers we would remind you that you may place unloaded firearms in your checked baggage but you have to let the airline know that the gun(s) are in the luggage. Special interior packaging and solid wall locked luggage are mandatory.

Just as important, make sure you know what gun laws exist at the cities of origin, transit and destination so that you are not in violation of local ordinances while you travel.

Lithium Batteries –

While some of our readers may feel that we spend too much of our time and effort dealing with lithium batteries we would offer the following link to a March 13, 2012, FAA report on battery incidents. It addresses lithium batteries in particular but also includes other type of batteries – the ones that most of you assume are non-hazardous.

FAA Battery Incident Chart: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org...

  • Packaging is the key to safety.
  • We are advocates of the KISS system – Keep It Simple, Stupid.
  • International and domestic U.S. regulators do not subscribe to that system.
  • Confusion reigns!

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)

A distinguished colleague asked us if we have seen any progress with the explosive cartridges retesting under the UN manual of Tests 6(d) for classification as 1.4S. Our answer? A frustrated NO!

As you should know, fire extinguisher charges and other explosive cartridges covered by UN numbers 0323, 0366, 0441, 0445, 0455, 0456, 0460, and 0500 require new approvals issued by USDOT/PHMSA. The old approvals became null and void on January 1, 2011. We are now approaching the midway of 2012 and not too many of those cartridges have been retested and new approvals issued. The issue is that those UN Numbers required retesting under the UN manual of Tests 6(d) in order to be classified as 1.4S. The procedure usually takes 6 weeks – probably longer due to the DOT’s backlog of Special Permits and Approvals. The new approvals must refer to the 6(d) Tests in order to ship those explosive articles as 1.4S.

Air Carrier receiving personnel should review Special Provision A165. If the shipper is still using the old USDOT approvals indicating 1.4S, usually dated prior to 1 January 2011, the shipper and carrier are in violation of ICAO/IATA and 49CFR and the regulations of the destination country as well.

You can refresh your understanding by going to our newsletter index and reviewing our February 2011 Newsletter (here). See U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA Final Rules for Hazardous Materials by Air.

It should be noted that ICAO & IATA provided a two year advance notice of this change yet manufacturers, distributors of aircraft parts, and DOT/PHMSA did not act on this vital rule change until 19 January 2011 with a mandatory compliance date of 1 April 2011. We do not think any U.S. shippers complied with the rule change in 2011 and now we are at the half-way point in 2012. So far we have seen only one approval referring to the 6(d) tests this year.

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