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Have a safe and sane Fourth!

Sad Note -

Just before we wrapped up this month’s issue we were notified of the passing of our friend, colleague and primary vendor, Russ Bowen, the founder of the Bureau of Dangerous Goods LTD and Dangerous Goods Supplies, Inc. Russ passed away on Friday, June 29th.

We had known Russ since early 1980 before he started The Bureau and later DGS. Russ had a passion for airline safety in particular, as evidenced in his attention to quality packaging details. Russ was the first to develop a computer program for dangerous goods declarations,marking and labeling.

His son, Mike, has been running both companies for the past few years while Russ concentrated on new hazmat industry innovations.

Our deepest condolences to Mike Bowen and his family and the staffs at the Bureau of Dangerous Goods and DGS.

Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
We have added another initial training program for shipping dangerous goods by ocean.
  • July 24-25-26 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) Ocean Initial
  • August 7 (Tuesday) – Air Recurrent 
  • October 16 (Tuesday) – Ocean Recurrent
  • November 13-14-15 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) – Ocean Initial
  • November 27 (Tuesday) – Air Recurrent*
  • December 4-5-6 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) – Air Initial*
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)

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.

Domestic U.S. D.O.T. Special Permits

We are repeating a portion of last month’s entry because of the changes that will go into effect on September 1st 2012 and January 1st 2013 and will affect domestic shippers of cosmetics, flavorings, pharmaceuticals, and research laboratory chemicals in particular.

There are over 300 companies and individuals that are parties to the SP-9275 in particular. Most are major corporations but there are also a considerable number of small businesses that also utilize the special permit. A significant number of the products covered by the SP also qualify as consumer commodity, ORM-D.

Two very significant changes will affect these products.
  1.  Effective 1 September 2012, shipments that qualify under Special Permit 9275 will require new markings on the outer packages. The packages must be marked DOT SP-9275, the name of the permit holder (you company name for example) and the description “contains ethyl alcohol”.
  2. Example:     
    DOT SP-9275
  3. CONSUMER COMMODITY, ORM-D-AIR will cease to exist as a domestic PSN and Classification after 31 December, 2012. For Highway and rail shipments ORM-D will be phased out effective 1 January 2014. 
  4. On 1 January 2014, products that would have previously been shipped as ORM-D should qualify as Limited Quantity and would require the new LTD QTY markings on the package that went into effect on 1-1-2012. 
  5. PHMSA has indicated they are considering extending the effective date for highway and rail until January 1, 2015. Check future newsletters for more information.
  6. The Marking requirements:
    • LTD QTY by highway & rail: (effective 1-1-2014)
    • For limited quantities in classes/divisions 3, 4.1 (PG II & III), 5.1 (PG II & III), 5.2 (Types B-C-D-E-F that do not require temperature controls), 6.1 (PG II & III), 8 (PG II & III), and class 9 (PG II & III) by highway and rail there are no longer any shipping paper requirements unless the material meets the definition of a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, marine pollutant or is being shipped by vessel or air.
    • CAUTION: Very strict quantity limitations exist and combination packagings are always required so make sure you consult CFR 49, §173.150 through §173.156 before shipping those classes or divisions as limited quantities.
    • For shipments that qualify for air freight: (effective 1-1-12)
    • Air freight shipments will require the above “y” mark plus the hazard label(s). Check your IATA Regulations for more details. 

Lithium Batteries –

Please take the time to read the MSDS for lithium batteries. Most MSDS’ give you the transportation details. Pay attention to what you are supposed to read. Very often the cell manufacturer’s MSDS is provided but the actual shipper is another firm that has taken the cells and joined them together to make a battery or battery pack. The battery or battery pack then must be tested to the U.N. standards. Often the shipper fails to provide a new  MSDS for the battery and uses the MSDS for the cells as a matter of convenience. And we have no way to detemine if the new batteies have been tested as required.

If you want to ship these batteries safely you have to put a little effort into this.

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)

We accidently left our June Soap Box feature in this month’s Soap Box. After it was posted we were more than a little embarrassed and to make matters worse we could not find our original notes in our computer.

In the meantime one of our readers from Florida commented that up-to-date MSDS’ are essential and everyone involved should read and understand them completely.

We are frequently overwhelmed with requests such as “is this hazardous” that we started to charge for reading the MSDS, which in most cases provided the essential information in black and white in Section 14. So, if you want to save some money simply read the MSDS instead of forwarding it to us by FAX or e-mail.

That way you will be a good safety-minded citizen and save a tree to boot.
Thanks for the inspiration Axel.

Any comments?

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