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DG Digest: OSHA to submit ICR on handling of Ethylene Oxide

Welcome to fall!  Let’s all hope the new season brings progress on our nation’s efforts to cope with the pandemic, and that the cooler weather helps with the wildfires on our West Coast and brings an end to what has been a very active Atlantic hurricane season.  2020 has just kept coming!  We hope you... The post DG Digest: OSHA to submit ICR on handling of Ethylene Oxide appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

An explosive finish to Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium

The final two sessions of Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium were explosive, in different ways. One session featured carriers, regulators, industry reps and top trainers squaring off on the hottest topic in hazmat transport, and other featured video of batteries actually blowing up. Here’s a brief recap. Let’s watch lithium batteries... The post An explosive finish to Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada releases extensions to COVID-19-related exemptions

The last full week of the summer was a quiet one in the regulatory world, with the action centered on a set of Transport Canada extensions of COVID related regulatory exemptions.  See below for those details.  Meanwhile, let’s all keep working to help keep our employees and families safe by continuing to follow the recommendations... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada releases extensions to COVID-19-related exemptions appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Who’s charged up? It’s Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium!

Over the years, the most popular day of the Dangerous Goods Symposium has been Lithium Battery Day. Everyone’s favorite Class 9 Miscellaneous material always seems to make the most news, stir up the most controversy and inspire the most teeth-gnashing. This year, with the Symposium taking place virtually at the new DG Exchange, we were... The post Who’s charged up? It’s Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA releases ‘list of significant changes’ to the 62nd DGR

The week just ended featured a federal holiday. As is often the case at such times, it was extremely quiet in a regulatory sense. However there was one important exception to that from our international partners; the IATA released its “List of Significant Changes” to the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) in the coming 62nd Edition. That edition becomes... The post DG Digest: IATA releases ‘list of significant changes’ to the 62nd DGR appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Want regulatory updates? The 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium is underway!

With a pastry and a cup of coffee on your desk, the first session of the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium felt a lot like previous years. Two regulatory experts were speaking, and trying to take in all the information they shared was like drinking from a firehose. Of course, this year’s Symposium isn’t like other... The post Want regulatory updates? The 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium is underway! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA proposes pilot program on Hours Of Service for drivers

PHMSA The agency issued its latest group of Special Permit Actions.  The actions cover subjects as diverse as cylinder qualifications to the securement of fireworks within transport vehicles.  See the actions here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/pdf/2020-19646.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/pdf/2020-19641.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/pdf/2020-19643.pdf FMCSA The agency proposed a pilot program to allow temporary regulatory Read more [...]

Lithium Battery Week is coming! Dangerous Goods Symposium preview, part 2

Finally, Dangerous Goods professionals get their own Shark Week. September 14–18 is Lithium Battery Week at the Dangerous Goods Symposium. Unlike previous years when most of the lithium battery sessions were crammed into a single day, this year’s virtual format gives you a full week of updates, insights and controversial opinions about everyone’s favorite Class... The post Lithium Battery Week is coming! Dangerous Goods Symposium preview, part 2 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. Agencies Publish Semi-annual Agendas & We Preview the 2021 Early 49 CFR

The end of August brings us to the transition to the autumn and in particular the coming Labor Day holiday.  With this year’s pandemic still weighing so heavily on our nation, let’s all remember to enjoy that holiday in accordance with the recommendations of our health experts. Employees may be planning their weekends too, and can... The post DG Digest: U.S. Agencies Publish Semi-annual Agendas & We Preview the 2021 Early 49 CFR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Dangerous Goods Symposium preview: Competence, compliance and explosives

This year’s Dangerous Goods Symposium, for obvious reasons, won’t assemble the world’s leading trainers, shippers and regulators together for three days in the same physical space. But it will still bring the world’s hazmat shipping community together. This year, you can experience the Symposium at the new DG Exchange—the Dangerous Goods industry’s first digital community.... The post Dangerous Goods Symposium preview: Competence, compliance and explosives appeared Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada to allow some COVID-19 DG-related transport exemptions to expire

As we roll towards the end of the summer period, the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Let’s all remember to social distance, wear masks when needed, and wash our hands.  2020 has turned into a long haul for everyone, but together we can beat this thing.  Keep working at it!  It was... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada to allow some COVID-19 DG-related transport exemptions to expire appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Changes you’ll see in the 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is essential for all frontline Dangerous Goods personnel, and the 2020 version is finally almost here! We expect to ship our first deliveries in four to five weeks. As expected, this year’s ERG has a multitude of changes from the 2016 version, as PHMSA has assembled an international group of... The post Changes you’ll see in the 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Shouldn’t you have more confidence in your hazmat supply chain partners?

Very few organizations maintain their own end-to-end supply chains—we all depend on partners to some extent. That’s why it was disheartening to learn, in the 2019 Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook, that so many hazmat pros had so little confidence in their supply chain partners: 71% of respondents wished their supply chain partners were as compliant... The post Shouldn’t you have more confidence in your hazmat supply chain partners? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA published three sets of Special Permits, EPA released final TSCA evaluation of 1-BP

It’s mid-August and although the pandemic continues to dominate the news cycle, it’s a great time to remember to help protect the safety of employees during the heat of the summer.  It’s the hottest time of the year in most of the country; make sure that workers remain mindful of their safety, and keep your... The post DG Digest: PHMSA published three sets of Special Permits, EPA released final TSCA evaluation of 1-BP appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

What are operator variations, and how do they impact your hazmat shipments?

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations manual—known throughout the supply chain as the “IATA DGR”—is universally acknowledged as the world’s single authority on the compliant transport of hazardous materials by air. It’s more than 1,000 pages thick. Surely IATA has issued every rule any shipper would need to know, right? Not quite. There’s a whole chapter... The post What are operator variations, and how do they impact your hazmat shipments? appeared first Read more [...]

The new DG Exchange: Your connection to the Dangerous Goods supply chain community

Not long ago, a longtime friend and colleague told us, “I wish the Dangerous Goods Symposium could somehow happen all year long.” That idea – a year-round place where supply chain and business professionals can connect and share their questions, insights and experience about Dangerous Goods—was the inspiration for the DG Exchange. Launching August 10,... The post The new DG Exchange: Your connection to the Dangerous Goods supply chain community appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: USPS Offers Two Pub. 52 Change Proposals

The nation enters the second week of August with most of the country still struggling to contain the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Be sure you, your family, and your workplace colleagues do the best you can to help stop the spread and protect everyone’s health.  There was a variety of news this week. The Postal Service... The post DG Digest: USPS Offers Two Pub. 52 Change Proposals appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety

On August 4th, 2020, a massive explosion destroyed the port and devastated much of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, located on the Mediterranean Sea.  While only preliminary reports exist as of press time, indications are that the blast may have been the result of the detonation for causes yet to be determined of up to... The post Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues ICR on safety of last week’s ruling allowing LNG on railways

The nation enters August still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic; so far at least it shows little signs of abating in most of the country.  We can all help control this outbreak by following appropriate CDC guidelines, being mindful of our neighbors, and doing our best to help.  We can win this fight, but we... The post DG Digest: PHMSA issues ICR on safety of last week’s ruling allowing LNG on railways appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Results of the 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook: strengths, weaknesses and tremendous resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the global dangerous goods supply chain. Yet even as the industry has shown tremendous resilience, this crisis has shed light on weaknesses related to DG organizations’ ability to keep shipments safe and compliant, and the need for further investment in DG training, technology and infrastructure. The 5th annual DG... The post Results of the 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook: strengths, weaknesses and tremendous resilience appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA and FRA to allow LNG (UN 1972) on railways in enhanced tankers

As we approach the end of July, response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the nation’s attention and effort. Accelerating infection rates in many regions are causing renewed shutdowns at some employers. What we can do as an industry is to work to help keep our employees as safe as possible, and ensure that... The post DG Digest: PHMSA and FRA to allow LNG (UN 1972) on railways in enhanced tankers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 2

Last week, we shared strategies from leading Dangerous Goods trainers for evaluating hazmat training programs to determine when they need updating. Here are some powerful tips for evolving your training program to match your current operation—and preparing it for future growth. If 2020 has proved anything, it’s that businesses must always be ready to adapt... The post How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 2 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada provides regulatory relief for heath care workers and ICAO offers guidance for “iPACKS” amid pandemic.

Mid-July is here and the U.S. continues to struggle against a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important for everyone to take all the actions they can to help protect themselves, their families, and their fellow employees as we all continue to work towards a resolution of this extraordinary circumstance. It was a moderately active week on... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada provides regulatory relief for heath care workers and ICAO offers guidance for “iPACKS” Read more [...]

How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 1

There are two reasons every organization that handles Dangerous Goods must conduct DG training: Regulations require that hazmat employees receive function-specific hazmat training. Training helps employees do their jobs better, which makes hazmat shipping safer and more efficient. Most businesses in the hazmat supply chain recognize that #2 is even more important than #1, and... The post How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 1 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends relaxation of enforcement for COVID-19 specific rules

The new week brings with it renewed concerns over the pace of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The outbreak continues to accelerate at present, so it’s more important than ever for us to make sure that our workplaces follow all applicable guidelines to keep employees as safe as possible under the present circumstances.  The week also brought... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends relaxation of enforcement for COVID-19 specific rules appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Why Dangerous Goods technology alone can’t improve your performance

Think about the early 1900s, when engine-powered trucks started to replace horse-drawn wagons. Now that was a supply chain revolution! But buying a truck didn’t automatically vault a business into a new level of productivity. Operators had to train their teams on new skills such as truck driving and engine repair. They had to overhaul... The post Why Dangerous Goods technology alone can’t improve your performance appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: EU notifies of proposed amendments to the ADR

The week that ended with the Independence Day holiday finds the US continuing its battle with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Let’s all keep moving forward and doing our best to help mitigate the outbreak. The week was very quiet in a regulatory sense, perhaps typical of summer holiday periods. Our friends in the EU kept... The post DG Digest: EU notifies of proposed amendments to the ADR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends COVID-19 exceptions, EPA publishes final Methylene Chloride risk evaluation

As we wrap up June, the nation is unfortunately experiencing a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in many states. It’s important to be mindful of the necessary precautions to help keep your workplace as safe as possible for your level of operations. It’s also important to stay safe at home and while in your community.... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends COVID-19 exceptions, EPA publishes final Methylene Chloride risk evaluation appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Three ways we can help hazmat operations handle change and uncertainty

Raise your hand if you love change and uncertainty! Yeah, that’s what we thought. Unfortunately, the first half of 2020 has brought about more change and uncertainty than any organization in the Dangerous Goods supply chain ever wants to deal with. It can be overwhelming. Are you facing challenges you never imagined a few weeks... The post Three ways we can help hazmat operations handle change and uncertainty appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest Special Notice: PHMSA extends emergency exemptions for hand sanitizer shipping and recertification training

In breaking news, today PHMSA published deadline extensions to its currently in force emergency exemptions allowing for both non-standard domestic ground shipment of some alcohol based hand sanitizers as well as a continuation of the extension of training recertification requirements under the 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2) past their normal expiration dates.  The extensions will now run... The post DG Digest Special Notice: PHMSA extends emergency exemptions for hand sanitizer shipping and recertification Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA renews ICR on safety of scissor lifts

The last full week of June and the official beginning of the summer season find regulatory activity at a quiet minimum. One big question as we begin to approach July: the status of PHMSA’s emergency exemptions surrounding both training re-certifications and the domestic ground shipment of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These exemptions have allowed for the non-standard treatment... The post DG Digest: OSHA renews ICR on safety of scissor lifts appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Our design critic picks his top 7 social distancing and sanitizing signs

It’s been a while since we heard from design critic Stewart D.O. North, but he recently reached out to share his opinions on our new line of social distancing and hand sanitizing safety signs. North, of course, is no ordinary critic. He’s also a hazmat aficionado who’s written detailed critiques of hazmat labels and floor... The post Our design critic picks his top 7 social distancing and sanitizing signs appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announces development of U.S. policy on safety devices in transport

Mid-June finds the nation enduring another week forward in our “summer like no other.”  As areas reopen from pandemic related lockdowns, be sure to be safe yourself, follow health guidelines and do all you can to help your fellow employees be safe too.  Concurrently be aware of civil actions that may encompass the location of... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announces development of U.S. policy on safety devices in transport appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

New hazmat shippers: This webinar is your ideal introduction to DG.

When you’re a shipper who is new to Dangerous Goods, where do you start? That’s a question Mario Sagastume deals with all the time—and it’s also a regular issue for the folks at ProShip, a global provider of automated multi-carrier shipping software. We recently spoke with ProShip Senior Sales Engineer Clint Boaz and Strategic Marketing... The post New hazmat shippers: This webinar is your ideal introduction to DG. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA publishes revised Hazardous Materials Route Registry

The week just ended found us all seemingly stuck on “repeat,” which has become an enduring facet of one of the most difficult years the United States has faced in the modern era.  Efforts to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with our nation’s civil crisis continued.  In the meantime, regulatory action continues, although... The post DG Digest: FMCSA publishes revised Hazardous Materials Route Registry appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook will explore hazmat pros’ new challenges.

The last few months have demonstrated that we have an extraordinarily robust and resilient supply chain. Despite the greatest global disruption in generations, most consumer goods are still available and most industries have been able to maintain production. Dangerous Goods organizations and their workers have more than done their part to keep the global supply... The post The 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook will explore hazmat pros’ new challenges. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA revised HOS rules and OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International sessions on GHS

The nation completed another very difficult of week coping with the coronavirus pandemic as well as emerging civic strife engendered by very unfortunate current events. Here’s hoping that along with health, that peace and justice make a quick return for all the people of our nation.  There were several items of interest in the regulatory world,... The post DG Digest: FMCSA revised HOS rules and OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International sessions on GHS appeared Read more [...]

Labelmaster hazmat packaging innovations banish “Paint Can Hell,” make shipping bigger lithium batteries easier.

Who thought it was a good idea to ship volatile hazmat items in paint cans? Certainly no one who’s ever painted their living room. First you need a screwdriver or a special “key” to pry the lid off the can, and it takes so much effort you end up sloshing some out onto the floor.... The post Labelmaster hazmat packaging innovations banish “Paint Can Hell,” make shipping bigger lithium batteries easier. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA withdraws proposed vapor limits for unrefined petroleum and class 3 materials on the nation’s railways

The nation paused over the weekend just concluded to honor its fallen military veterans and also, this year, to mark the unimaginable toll taken of our fellow citizens by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Surely it was a Memorial Day unlike any of us now living has experienced.  The Labelmaster family joins our country in honoring those... The post DG Digest: PHMSA withdraws proposed vapor limits for unrefined petroleum and class 3 materials on the nation’s railways appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Want to show supply chain workers real gratitude? Make hazmat compliance more important.

For workers in the Dangerous Goods supply chain, the first quarter of 2020 was extraordinary—for two reasons. The first reason? That’s obvious. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered seismic shifts in what we ship, how much we ship and how we ship it, and the global supply chain met the challenge. Despite a steep drop in overall... The post Want to show supply chain workers real gratitude? Make hazmat compliance more important. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]