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How to get strategic about hazmat packaging efficiency

If you’re an e-commerce customer—and who isn’t these days?—you’ve probably had the experience of receiving a small item in a large package and wondering, Was this really the most efficient way to ship this thing? As a supply chain professional, however, you know the answer probably isn’t that simple. Packaging efficiency in today’s decentralized omnichannel... Read more [...]

DG Digest: Should training providers be able to administer CDL skills testing?

The summer doldrums continue in the regulatory sector, with minimal activity underway.  The FMCSA is the big player this week, with a significant proposal to modify CDL driver testing standards.  Here’s all the latest: FMCSA The agency proposes to allow States to permit a third party skills test examiner to administer the Commercial Driver’s License... Read more [...]

Omnichannel, decentralized and hazmat-compliant: A brave new world

Labelmaster and Pierbridge will host an exclusive webinar—“How to Stay Dangerous Goods Compliant and Optimize Parcel Shipping in the Brave New Omnichannel Shipping World”—Thursday, July 25 @ 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central). Register here. How much more complex and challenging can shipping get? You’re doing everything you can to satisfy customers’ demands for fast,... Read more [...]

DG Digest: FAA may ease fire protection rules for transport aircraft

Last week included a holiday period and as such regulatory activity was at rather low ebb.  However, the FMCSA stayed fairly busy with several issuances, and the FAA announced an interesting new NPRM related to fire protection standards for transport aircraft.  See the week’s action below: FMCSA The agency amended its Hazardous Materials Safety Permit... Read more [...]

Explosives aren’t the only e-commerce hazmat you might ship for July 4th

July 4th is the day we celebrate being American, and what’s more American than getting what you want, when you want it? E-commerce delivers on that dream for millions of Americans every day, and that can be a beautiful thing. It can also be a dangerous thing, because many e-commerce shippers still don’t realize when

DG Digest: DoD updates its Dangerous Goods regulations, and a hazardous chemicals ICR from OSHA

The nation moves into the 4th of July holiday period as summer takes hold; it’s time to be extra careful as people hit the road for that summer vacation they’ve been planning, and most especially this week, to be extra careful around fireworks. The 4th of July always produces a stream of injuries from the

DG Symposium preview: IATA’s Nicolas Carlone on automation and virtual reality

Nicolas Carlone, Assistant Director of DGR and Cargo Publications at IATA, will speak on Dangerous Goods acceptance automation—and give a live demo of IATA’s new virtual reality training tool—at the 14th annual Dangerous Goods Symposium, September 4–6, 2019, in Chicago. During last year’s Dangerous Goods Symposium, we wrote, “Sometime in the not-too-distant future, someone will... Read more [...]

DG Digest: USPS testing use of smaller Limited and Excepted Quantity labels

The end of June finds the nation’s schoolchildren mostly finishing their tenures for the year; that means a lot more potential danger on the roads for drivers and equipment operators. If your company operates on the roads, make sure your employees are aware of the increased risk. Here’s the period’s regulatory news: FMCSA The agency published... Read more [...]

5 questions you should ask about lithium battery packaging testing

When it comes to shipping lithium batteries compliantly, labels and marks grab all the headlines, but the real story is in packaging. After all, while labels and marks are critical for proper identification of a package’s contents, the package itself is what keeps those contents from causing damage. In the case of lithium batteries and

Supply Chain Moves: Week of June 17, 2019

Week of June 17, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance Companies today are investing heavily in technology. But how those investment decisions are made can vary based on cost, ROI and more. Organizations shipping dangerous goods need to make compliance and risk mitigation key considerations. To help companies keep a pulse on technology

Why your in-house legal department should understand hazmat shipping

Used to be, when Dangerous Goods pros heard from a lawyer, it could only mean one thing: bad news. Something went seriously wrong with a hazmat shipment. That mindset is changing. Will Troutman and Jim Shimko are trying to change it even faster. Troutman is a Partner with the Los Angeles office of the law

DG Digest: TSA issues ICR to stakeholders engaged in surface transportation

The week found the United States and her allies marking the 75th Anniversary of the World War 2 invasion of Normandy in France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi rule.  The Labelmaster family joins with our fellow citizens in expressing gratitude for the bravery and sadness at the sacrifice of those who took

5 situations where you might need “extreme” hazmat labels and placards

Say you ship drums of UN 1263 paint every single day. You know the applicable regulations for shipping 1263 like you know your kids’ middle names. You could wallpaper your entire facility with the shipper’s declarations for 1263 you’ve printed over the years. Your phone passcode is 1263. You’re as likely to ship UN 1263

DG Digest: FRA withdraws 2016 NPRM on train crew staffing

It’s the first week of June, and stormy weather has been an issue for much of the country.  Be sure your workplace pays proper attention to safety response and evacuation plans for such events; storm water runoff may also be an issue for certain businesses.  Don’t be caught unprepared!  It was a quiet week on

CEOs! Want supply chain to be a competitive weapon? Start with hazmat.

For years now, we’ve been helping supply chain professionals see hazmat compliance as a competitive advantage, not a cost center. Show your bosses real visibility into the true costs and value of improved compliance, we’ve said, and you’ll secure the resources to drive new revenue and boost profitability. Turns out we’re not the only ones

DG Digest: ADR to go Global, Could Drop “European Union (EU)” from Title

Monday the 27th marked our nation’s Memorial Day honoring fallen military veterans.  The Labelmaster family joins our fellow Americans in expressing gratitude for their sacrifice.  It was a middling busy week on the regulatory front; here’s the latest: OSHA The agency announced that on Thursday, June 20, 2019, OSHA will conduct a public meeting to

Last chance to take the 2019 Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook survey!

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The last day for responses is Friday, May 31. Usually, when you see a “last chance” email or blog headline, it’s to entice you into some sort of offer you’ll regret missing. Maybe it’s a... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks nominees for first ever lithium battery committee

We begin the final month of the spring with a fairly busy week.  Before too long the summer vacation and holiday season will begin; it’s easy for some employees to become a little preoccupied.  Let’s make sure we all keep focused on the safety of our workplace!  It’s been a busy week in the regulatory

A top 3PL offers e-commerce tips on shipping lithium batteries by USPS

Many Labelmaster customers are more than just customers—they’re our true partners in making the Dangerous Goods supply chain safer and more efficient. One recent example is our new page on shipping lithium batteries via the U.S. Postal Service, which we developed following a suggestion from our longtime friends at third-party logistics provider GEODIS, Erin Gaul... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA to hold public meeting on 2020 ERG

Sunday was Mothers’ Day; here’s hoping all the Moms out there got the “royal treatment.”  Thank you for all you do!  The week was a little busy in the regulatory sense; here’s all the latest: FAA The agency published a proposed new ICR that will affect the manufacturers of small unmanned aircraft (drones) and that

Shipping lithium batteries by mail: 3 things you must know

If you’re in the hazmat business, you’re no stranger to Publication 52 from the United States Postal Service. Affectionately referred to as “Pub 52,” this public document (a.k.a. “Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail“) outlines the do’s and don’ts for the safe transport of Dangerous Goods via the U.S. mail. One of the thorniest topics in... Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA announces 2019 funding for underserved workplace programs

Spring is well underway now; many businesses will be attending to outdoor maintenance and grounds upkeep that may have been off the schedule in the winter months.  It’s easy to get hurt on roofs or with power tools; be sure your team remembers and abides by the rules for engaging in those tasks to everyone

Can one compliance gap ruin your bottom line? Ask the Night King.

We all know Game of Thrones, the hit series currently in its final season on HBO, is really about hazmat transport. Fittingly, Sunday night’s episode 3 supplied a metaphor that every supply chain organization should take to heart. Spoiler alert: If you aren’t current on Game of Thrones, skip the next two paragraphs! The episode

DG Digest: EPA proposes to amend TSCA reporting for small manufacturers

The last two weeks of April featured improving weather across the United States, and then a late season snow storm hit east of the Mississippi!  Make sure your workplace’s cold weather and snow removal plans are still effective and protect those employees.  Regulatory action was varied across the time period, with EPA action in reference

How is hazmat shipping like your favorite sport (and how do you win)?

It’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. The NBA and NHL playoffs (WOW! What a first round…) are at full throttle, Major League Baseball is back and the NFL draft is right around the corner. The athletes who play those sports are the best in the world at what they do.

Client ID Database has DG Stakeholders North of the Border Facing a New Registration Requirement

Formal consultation (the equivalent in Canada to the familiar US “Comment period” for proposed rulemakings) has ended in Canada on a new proposal which, according to Transport Canada, will require stakeholders who will: import, offer for transport, handle or transports dangerous goods in Canada To register with Transport Canada under the identification database requirement.  The... Read more [...]

Add your voice to the 4th annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The revealed results of the annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook have become a tradition at the Dangerous Goods Symposium. A few insights usually take the crowd by surprise, and you hear reactions like: I’ve always... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues Emergency Waiver No. 13 for areas affected by severe flooding

Mid-April snow snarled much of the nation over the weekend, but it’s also now the culmination of tax season. Transport regulations may not be topping everyone’s list of things to think about this week; however, plenty of action took place all the same. Here’s the latest: PHMSA The agency published Emergency Waiver No. 13.  This waiver... Read more [...]

The hazmat pro’s guide to Game of Thrones, Season 8

At last, the moment for which hazmat pros have waited untold winters! The final season of Game of Thrones starts Sunday. Everyone in the Dangerous Goods galaxy knows Game of Thrones is really about hazmat transport. For all its swordplay, palace intrigue and dragons, the show addresses the same issues hazmat pros deal with every

DG Digest: EPA eliminating requirement for mercury-based sensing devices for ignitability tests

The first week of April has ended—is your site experiencing “April showers that bring May flowers?”  If so, make sure that your storm drains and other runoff devices aren’t clogged and that any regulated discharge doesn’t get into those storm drains.  That tends to be a serious non-compliance issue for local municipal authorities who have... Read more [...]

Obexion’s “Excellence in Transit Packaging” award: our acceptance speech

Creating resources for safe and compliant Dangerous Goods transport isn’t generally considered a creative business. Unlike practitioners of film, music, television and literature, we don’t dream about winning awards. And yet, we have. Last week, at Industrial Pack 2019, our Obexion lithium battery packaging won the Industrial Packaging Award for Excellence in Transit Packaging. There... Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. DOT Seeks Stakeholder Input On Service Improvements

It’s April 1st, no fooling!  The last week of March found regulatory activity fairly slow, with the biggest news being PHMSA’s announcement of its meeting schedule for pre-conferences to discuss upcoming international modal regulation meetings.  See all the latest below: PHMSA The agency announced four meetings that will prepare the US delegations to the major... Read more [...]

New survey will get pilots’ thoughts on Dangerous Goods training

We’ve written plenty about the importance of training for people who prepare Dangerous Goods shipments for air transport. But what about the people who actually fly the planes? James Wyatt, Senior Vice President Aviation Solutions at Avialytics GmbH, believes the training needs of pilots and flight crews aren’t adequately addressed by currently available resources. And... Read more [...]

DG Digest: EPA opens comment period on chemicals prioritization

As spring formally kicked off, it was a quiet week for regulatory activity.  One item of note; after a lengthy genesis, the EPA is moving on the “designation “ phase for high and low priority substances under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA.  See below for details, as well as the rest of

DG Digest: USPS to require triple packaging for most liquids

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday found regulatory activity at moderate pace.  Perhaps the biggest news?  The US Post Office released its long awaited updated to the rules for shipping liquids in the mail.  See that, and all the latest news, right here: PHMSA The agency published three sets of special permit actions.  As is typically... Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 18, 2019

Week of March 18, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance New technologies have a ripple effect across the supply chain, especially when these technologies are classified as “dangerous.” To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business and the movement of dangerous goods throughout the supply chain, Labelmaster has launched “Supply... Read more [...]

Industrial Pack 2019: More networking, more experts, more hazmat

Ever see kids have more fun with the box than the toy that came inside it? That’s us. To most people, a shipping package is just a container, something to open so they can use whatever’s inside. But to Dangerous Goods pros, a package is a critical compliance tool. We respect the science, engineering and

DG Digest: PHMSA harmonizes with ICAO on lithium battery transport

The second full week in March finds PHMSA having published its lithium battery by air revisions, and, just to make things interesting, the agency threw in a twist.  See the details below.  Meanwhile, Spring Break season is here.  Make sure your employees don’t get distracted from their need to be safe—a looming vacation can often

DOT PHMSA Lithium Battery Interim Final Rule (IFR) Effective Immediately

The long-awaited DOT PHMSA Interim Final Rule (IFR) enhancing the safety provisions for lithium batteries transported by aircraft appeared in the Federal Register this week on March 6th. This IFR generally harmonizes the 49 CFR with the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (regulations effective in the ICAO TI