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Supply Chain Moves: Week of November 28th, 2022

  Week of November 28th, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Uncertainty around the supply chain remains a stressor for companies in almost every industry. From retail and pharma to commercial printers and tech companies, everyone is looking for ways to keep the supply chain moving.       Let’s examine some recent industry news.... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of November 28th, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announces special permits, EPA finalizing list of NAICS codes under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

The Thanksgiving holiday is now over, and the major retail season is in place for around the next month. Many large retailers and their distribution hubs are busy handling and shipping a variety of dangerous goods—there seems to be more lithium batteries than ever out there — so if you’re in the middle of the... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announces special permits, EPA finalizing list of NAICS codes under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: The FRA announced a meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee regarding safety issues including the transport of hazardous materials

It’s Thanksgiving week. The Labelmaster family takes this time to wish you and your families a safe, happy, and enriching holiday. Watch out for all that holiday shopping traffic! Here’s this week’s rather limited regulatory news: EPA The agency published a supplemental proposed rulemaking that modifies and clarifies its initial NPRM regarding the implementation of... The post DG Digest: The FRA announced a meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee regarding safety issues Read more [...]

Competency-based hazmat training: What you need to know for 2023

On January 1, 2023, new IATA provisions will come into effect that mandate a competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) approach for Dangerous Goods training. What is CBTA, and what does it mean for your operation? That’s why we’re here! Competency-based training has been a hot topic of conversation for several years in the hazmat shipping... The post Competency-based hazmat training: What you need to know for 2023 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FRA issues ICR on positive train control reporting requirements

Mid-November is here—where is the autumn going? Most areas of the country are seeing the last of their fall leaves drop, so now’s your chance to ensure your workplace clears them out and keeps those storm sewers and entranceways nice and clean to avoid flooding or tripping hazards. Snow is on the horizon, too, so... The post DG Digest: FRA issues ICR on positive train control reporting requirements appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA International Division holding meetings this week to discuss ICAO papers in advance of UN Subcommittee of Experts later this month

November is here and with it comes the acceleration of the approaching holiday season. Many employees will be starting to think about holiday gatherings, shopping, time away from work, and other things that may take their minds off safety. As HSE professionals, let’s all make sure we help our fellow employees enjoy a safe and... The post DG Digest: PHMSA International Division holding meetings this week to discuss ICAO papers in advance of UN Subcommittee of Experts later this month appeared Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA released web app for ease of research on rulemaking and to make interpretations more user-friendly

This blog publishes on Halloween, 2022; so, Happy Halloween! Hopefully your day is filled with treats rather than tricks. Remember that the kids will be out in force today, and not necessarily paying much attention to traffic and other safety issues, so it’s up to us adults to take extra care to protect them and... The post DG Digest: PHMSA released web app for ease of research on rulemaking and to make interpretations more user-friendly appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA published revised acceptance checklists for the 64th DGR effective in 2023

We move into the last week of October, and snow is beginning to fall in many northern areas of the country. Be sure your snow removal vendor is all set up—don’t get caught out!  Most vendors will only take on a certain number of clients, so be sure you retain yours before their docket fills... The post DG Digest: IATA published revised acceptance checklists for the 64th DGR effective in 2023 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

6 ways Capsuloc™ secondary hazmat containers can make your operation more efficient

No one really likes paint can-style secondary hazmat containers, but we’ve been putting up with them (and all their related headaches) for decades. Why? Because there hasn’t been a better alternative. Now there is. New Capsuloc™ finally gives Dangerous Goods shippers an alternative to the paint can, and lots of shippers are already kicking the... The post 6 ways Capsuloc™ secondary hazmat containers can make your operation more efficient appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: CVSA and Federal Inspectors cite 1,700 truckers for hazmat violations in June ‘blitz’.

Mid-October already—where does the time go? Hopefully, everyone is enjoying a pleasant fall season. As the cold weather begins, be sure your workplace is ready. Many businesses use this “not quite there yet” time to do things like make sure their snow removal vendors are contracted for the season, so if this impacts your operation,... The post DG Digest: CVSA and Federal Inspectors cite 1,700 truckers for hazmat violations in June ‘blitz’. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: How will the 49 CFR change as a result of PHMSA’s HM-215P (International harmonization)?

The second week of October is here, and the autumn leaves are falling. We should all remain cognizant of the need to keep our workplaces’ outdoor walkways and stairwells clear of leaves that could contribute to tripping hazards, as well as the need to keep storm sewers open to drain off rainfall. Safety first! Here’s... The post DG Digest: How will the 49 CFR change as a result of PHMSA’s HM-215P (International harmonization)? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA makes changes to agency rules, also corrects errors and removes obsolete references from its regulations.

Welcome to October! Not only is the fall season now rolling in; October is National Fire Prevention Month. Does your workplace have good suppression equipment, a solid emergency plan, and a well-trained employee team ready to deal with fire and fire prevention? This is the month to especially focus on and address these issues.  As... The post DG Digest: FMCSA makes changes to agency rules, also corrects errors and removes obsolete references from its regulations. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Why Capsuloc™ hazmat containers have shippers kicking the can. Literally.

Paint can-style secondary hazmat containers have been a necessary evil for decades. They’re essential for shipping certain Dangerous Goods, but no one really likes them. Given a better alternative, most DG operations would kick the paint can shipper like a bad habit. With the introduction of Capsuloc™, that alternative is actually here—and DG pros are... The post Why Capsuloc™ hazmat containers have shippers kicking the can. Literally. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks fee increases to fund grant programs; FMCSA wants to require interstate CMVs to be equipped with electronic IDs.

The third week of September brought in the formal beginning of Autumn and was another busy one in the regulatory world. The FMCSA released a consequential new proposal for CMV identification technology, and PHMSA proposed a new fee revision. Let’s dig right in to all the action below: PHMSA The agency published an ANPRM to... The post DG Digest: PHMSA seeks fee increases to fund grant programs; FMCSA wants to require interstate CMVs to be equipped with electronic IDs. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA publishes list of changes to the 64th Edition of the DGR

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DG Digest: With federal mediation efforts underway, Class 1 Norfolk Southern (and other operators) face looming strike

Here we go, rolling into the last full official week of summer. Despite the advance of the calendar, however, much of the country, especially in the West, is still coping with high temperatures and fire danger. Be sure your workplace continues to monitor conditions and has the needed protocols in place to keep employees working... The post DG Digest: With federal mediation efforts underway, Class 1 Norfolk Southern (and other operators) face looming strike appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA invites stakeholder and public comments on their Process Safety Management (PSM) standard later this month

The Labor Day holiday is over and with it the comes the traditional end of summer. Hopefully, everyone had a safe and happy season. The coming week sees children return to school across much of the country, so be on the lookout for lots of extra traffic and excited kids that may not always be paying... The post DG Digest: OSHA invites stakeholder and public comments on their Process Safety Management (PSM) standard later this month appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of September 5th, 2022

  Week of September 5th, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Even as organizations struggle to address current supply chain challenges, many are looking ahead at the technologies and strategies they need to implement now to be successful in the future.   Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Future-Proof Your... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of September 5th, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Full Dangerous Goods automation: How to integrate your ERP, WMS or TMS with DGIS

If your weekly grocery shopping includes both meats and produce, life’s a lot easier if you can buy them at the same store. If your exercise regimen includes both weight work and swimming, life’s a lot easier if your health club includes a weight room and a pool. And if your operation ships both non-regulated... The post Full Dangerous Goods automation: How to integrate your ERP, WMS or TMS with DGIS appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announced regulatory enforcement discretion for medical waste generated from patients with monkeypox.

The last full week of August is over! Wow. Here comes the new school year—most schools will be back in session in the next week or two.  Watch out for those school buses that will soon be on the move in the morning and late afternoon, and the many places where increased foot and car traffic... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announced regulatory enforcement discretion for medical waste generated from patients with monkeypox. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Bundle up! We have the multi-modal online hazmat training courses you need.

As most Dangerous Goods professionals know, hazmat employees are required to receive not only general awareness training on the requirements for hazmat shipping, but also function-specific training related to their particular roles. For operations that ship hazmat via ground, sea and air, this requirement often means employees have to take a training course for each... The post Bundle up! We have the multi-modal online hazmat training courses you need. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA publishes 49 CFR correction, FMCSA releases draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook, and OSHA extends comment period on lead exposures

Summer continues its ebb as we enter the last full week of August.  Many colleges and universities are going back into session or have students reporting back this week, so if you live in a “college town,” be sure you keep an eye open for the increased activity and traffic that comes with it. Here’s... The post DG Digest: PHMSA publishes 49 CFR correction, FMCSA releases draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook, and OSHA extends comment period on lead exposures appeared first Read more [...]

Stop cursing your paint can hazmat containers. Meet Capsuloc™.

Ask any Dangerous Goods pro about “paint can” secondary containers, and the response may require a parental warning for language. You’ll hear about lids that won’t stay closed, or that can’t be pried open. You’ll hear about leaks in transit, smashed fingers from errant mallets, and ring locks that won’t come off without a power... The post Stop cursing your paint can hazmat containers. Meet Capsuloc™. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: As the EPA charts its progress towards ‘100% electronic manifests,’ the advisory board will meet virtually this fall

Mid-August already—where does summer go? Nevertheless, we still have several weeks of hot weather and staffing absences to deal with as vacations continue and some of summer’s hottest weather still is on the calendar.  Let’s keep those safety plans rolling and make sure our employees finish the summer in proper form. It wasn’t a super busy... The post DG Digest: As the EPA charts its progress towards ‘100% electronic manifests,’ the advisory board will Read more [...]

Why every auto-related business needs a large format lithium battery plan

Electric vehicles are here to stay. This is not breaking news. In 2021, global sales of electric cars doubled to a new record of 6.6 million—close to 10 percent of all new cars sold. In the U.S., electric vehicle registrations shot up 60 percent in the first quarter of 2022, and EVs now make up... The post Why every auto-related business needs a large format lithium battery plan appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA releases HM-215P final rule, with changes to lithium battery exceptions — and much more.

Welcome to August!  Summer continues to roll on by. Every year, it seems to go a bit faster, too! August is often the month that sees businesses have the largest number of employees off on vacation. Because of this, short staffing can sometimes be an issue and the employees that are still busy working can... The post DG Digest: PHMSA releases HM-215P final rule, with changes to lithium battery exceptions — and much more. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Raise your confidence—and your performance—with Dangerous Goods automation

Every year, our Global Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook surveys supply chain professionals from around the world and shares the results. It’s an important resource for any organization in the hazmat supply chain. Why do supply chain leaders care so much about confidence? Two reasons: Confident compliance is essential for running a safe, efficient, profitable Dangerous... The post Raise your confidence—and your performance—with Dangerous Goods automation appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Why online hazmat training is essential for new supply chain workers

We all know that training is mandated by law for any workers involved in the transport of Dangerous Goods. But what about supply chain workers who aren’t involved in hazmat transport? Should they undergo training as well? For many forward-thinking supply chain organizations, the answer is yes. Now, you might well ask, “Why would we... The post Why online hazmat training is essential for new supply chain workers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA published ICR for the transport of radioactive materials in commerce

Here we are at mid-July already! Where does the summer go? Hopefully, your workplace is operating its warm weather safety plan effectively. Remember that heat stress and heat stroke can represent serious safety concerns at this time of year, especially for workers outdoors or in spaces that lack air conditioning. Make sure your workplace addresses... The post DG Digest: PHMSA published ICR for the transport of radioactive materials in commerce appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Large format lithium battery transport partners: Who you need and what to look for 

Dangerous Goods is a team sport. Whether you handle one hazmat shipment a week or several thousand a day, you likely rely on partners to help you stay compliant with optimal efficiency.  Your need for partners is especially acute when your business involves large format lithium batteries—and the bigger the battery, the more help you’ll... The post Large format lithium battery transport partners: Who you need and what to look for  appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA requests comments on potential move to electronic shipping papers

Welcome back to the DG Digest after a brief summer hiatus! The last few weeks have been eventful, with perhaps the biggest news item being one of general interest: the Supreme Court decision in the matter of “West Virginia vs. USEPA.” This ruling, the subject of which was a Clean Air Act regulation not specifically... The post DG Digest: PHMSA requests comments on potential move to electronic shipping papers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How Dangerous Goods automation helps deliver record revenue and profits

No matter what business you’re in, there are two basic ways to grow profits—reducing costs and increasing revenues. In Dangerous Goods transport, a lot of the focus tends to be on reducing costs. And that’s a good place to focus, since there are often inefficiencies and hidden costs which can be identified and smoothed over.... The post How Dangerous Goods automation helps deliver record revenue and profits appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

9 improvements you can expect from smarter online hazmat training

Ever ask a sulky teenager to execute a household chore? They’ll do the bare minimum, but it’s easy to see that it could have been done better. There’s a similar dynamic with Dangerous Goods training. The law says employees have to be trained if an organization ships or handles hazardous materials, and many companies do... The post 9 improvements you can expect from smarter online hazmat training appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA published ICR on hygiene plans for laboratories

Today’s federal holiday is the commemoration of Juneteenth: the recognition of June 19th, 1865, when emancipation of the enslaved African American people of Texas was announced by the Union Army, finally formally ending the institution of chattel slavery in the rejoined United States following the end of the Civil War.  The Labelmaster family joins with... The post DG Digest: OSHA published ICR on hygiene plans for laboratories appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How to solve large format lithium battery transport problems before they become problems

Organizations that are successful over the long term generally have one thing in common—they solve problems before they become problems. We see this in the supply chain every day. Disruptions happen. Companies that are prepared to handle those disruptions come out ahead of those that aren’t prepared—and the difference usually comes down to planning for... The post How to solve large format lithium battery transport problems before they become problems appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of June 13th, 2022

  Week of June 13th, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Achieving greater supply chain visibility has been a focus across the industry for years. In the face of growing disruptions, material shortages, shipping costs and customer demands, businesses must take an even closer look into the specific areas of the supply... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of June 13th, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends comment period on converting historic letters of interpretation into FAQs on its website

Mid-June rolls in with Hurricane season beginning to ramp up. This can produce severe storms in affected regions, and flooding rains even in areas far from the storm zone itself. Be sure your business has severe weather plans to prepare the response needed!  Meanwhile, it was a usual week in the regulatory world, with several... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends comment period on converting historic letters of interpretation into FAQs on its website appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Shipping lithium battery devices or other hazmat via USPS? These new rules are effective immediately.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced new final rules, effective immediately, that significantly impact the shipping of lithium batteries and other hazardous materials by mail. USPS cites “a consistent and alarming rise in incidents involving mailed packages of both lithium batteries and other hazmat, including … unlabeled or improperly labeled air-ineligible hazmat being accepted for... The post Shipping lithium battery devices or other hazmat via USPS? These new rules are effective Read more [...]

DG Digest: USPS final rule revises ‘Pub 52,’ requiring mailers separate ‘hazmat’ into identifiable containers

June kicks off the summer vacation season for many people.  As HSE professionals it’s important for us to help our fellow employees deal with the “short staffing” that sometimes occurs as vacation times impact workplace operations. Let’s make sure that we remind our colleagues not to cut corners on safety and normal precautions to keep... The post DG Digest: USPS final rule revises ‘Pub 52,’ requiring mailers separate ‘hazmat’ into identifiable Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International meetings this summer.

The Labelmaster Family joins all Americans in taking time to recall and honor those who have fallen in our nation’s defense, and to hope for a time when violence and bloodshed, regardless of where it takes place, will no longer be considered an acceptable means of human interaction. Here’s the latest regulatory news: PHMSA The... The post DG Digest: OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International meetings this summer. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]