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DG Digest: PHMSA releases special permit applications, FMCSA gives more leeway for use of corrective eyeware

The nation moves into Inaugural Week with the ongoing struggle against the pandemic still very much front and center.  Let’s all be sure we keep our noses to the grindstone and keep doing everything we can to help limit the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Additionally, we’re now in the heart of the winter... The post DG Digest: PHMSA releases special permit applications, FMCSA gives more leeway for use of corrective eyeware appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: An unforgettable year in Dangerous Goods

STAY SAFE, STAY SANE AND STAY COMPLIANT! Labelmaster has the resources you need to keep your operation efficient and compliant. Questions? Get the answers you need from the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline. Make sure your shipments are safe and in complete compliance with a full line of solutions from Labelmaster—a full-service provider of goods and services... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: An unforgettable year in Dangerous Goods appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021

Despite our hopes for a smoother start, the second week of the new year found the nation facing not only the ongoing pandemic but also unprecedented political turmoil in Washington, DC.  However as Dangerous Goods/EHS Professionals, it’s our job to keep looking forward to better times and to make sure we all do our part... The post DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

South American hazmat rules are newly harmonized. Are you trained up?

Those of us in the North American Dangerous Goods supply chain may complain about the complexity of hazmat regulations, but lots of us don’t know how good we have it. After all, we only have to worry about one set of UN Model Regulations. Sure, there may be slight, unharmonized differences between Europe and North... The post South American hazmat rules are newly harmonized. Are you trained up? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 4th, 2021

  Week of January 4th, 2021 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance As we enter 2021, it’s important for organizations to apply the lessons learned in 2020 and invest in the necessary technology, processes and training to create the supply chain of today and tomorrow. To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 4th, 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA publishes addendum to the 62nd DGR

Happy New Year!  Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and is ready to dive in to what we all fervently hope will be a much better 2021.  Although the pandemic continues to “suck all the air from the room” safety wise, don’t forget that the nation is now in its coldest stretch... The post DG Digest: IATA publishes addendum to the 62nd DGR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

If the year 2020 were Dangerous Goods, how would we classify it?

ICAO defines Dangerous Goods as “articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.” By that definition, this year certainly qualifies. If you could somehow ship the year 2020 in a box, you’d have to slap a hazmat label on it. But which label? In which hazard... The post If the year 2020 were Dangerous Goods, how would we classify it? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The last week of 2020 (hooray!) sees important relief from FMCSA and the end of the ORM-D mark

What has been one of the most difficult years in our nation’s modern history finally comes to an end later this week. It is likely none of us will be unhappy to see 2020 in our rearview mirrors. Meanwhile, although the vaccines currently being distributed will eventually help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,... The post The last week of 2020 (hooray!) sees important relief from FMCSA and the end of the ORM-D mark appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of December 21st, 2020

  Week of December 21st, 2020 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance As supply chain challenges continue to mount, companies are looking to technology solutions to help them navigate these uncertain times – whether it’s responding to rapid e-commerce growth or preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine around the world. To help companies keep... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of December 21st, 2020 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA issues guidance for vaccines and other pharmaceuticals

The week finds the nation now in the middle of the very heart of the holiday season, but the usual “regulatory slowdown” we often see at this time of year is definitely not in effect. Several actions of note appear this week.  Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to rage, although vaccine shipments are now underway and give... The post DG Digest: IATA issues guidance for vaccines and other pharmaceuticals appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Dangerous Goods in 2020: Remarkable responses to an unprecedented year

January may seem like seven years ago, but 2020 actually began like any other year in the Dangerous Goods galaxy. We all know what’s happened since then. The COVID-19 pandemic has, of course, impacted every sector of the global economy. From a hazmat transport perspective, three major trends emerged: Regulatory bodies overseeing Dangerous Goods transport... The post Dangerous Goods in 2020: Remarkable responses to an unprecedented year appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends relief for rules on some hand sanitizer, FRA will require 40 states to develop plans that mitigate crossing risks

Mid-Month December saw PHMSA act to bring back part of the hand sanitizer exemptions that had expired on Halloween; details are below, but it’s important to note that the “new” (reinstated) exemption applies only to subject sanitizers manufactured PRIOR to the original expiration date.  Many shippers have moved on from there and are simply shipping... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends relief for rules on some hand sanitizer, FRA will require 40 states to develop plans that Read more [...]

Why smaller lithium battery marks are actually big news.

In the Dangerous Goods galaxy, regulators often say they work to find the ideal balance between supply chain safety and the needs of industry. Finding that balance is an ongoing process. Regulations aren’t carved in stone—they’re updated continually. Every year, regulatory bodies such as the United Nations Sub-Committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and... The post Why smaller lithium battery marks are actually big news. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA extends emergency compliance relief related to the pandemic

December has come, bringing our nation into the final month of what has been a very difficult year.  As the month opens, the pandemic is rapidly growing in extent again.  As workplaces and families both try to prepare for the end of year holidays, be sure to do so as safely as possible. Let’s all... The post DG Digest: FMCSA extends emergency compliance relief related to the pandemic appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The quick e-commerce guide to compliant Dangerous Goods returns

There has never been a bigger holiday season for e-commerce. And that means this will also be the biggest holiday season ever for e-commerce returns. Here are the startling stats: In Q3 2020, consumers spent nearly $200 billion online with U.S. retailers, up 37.1% from the same quarter in 2019. 1 in 4 e-commerce purchases... The post The quick e-commerce guide to compliant Dangerous Goods returns appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA publishes HM-219C and IMO delays enforcement of Amendment 40-20

The week just finished saw the nation celebrate Thanksgiving and roll into the major stretch of the December holidays.  As we all await the end of what has been an enormously trying year, let’s focus on helping employees and the transport chain stay safe and in doing our part to help improve the nation’s continued... The post DG Digest: PHMSA publishes HM-219C and IMO delays enforcement of Amendment 40-20 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

For Thanksgiving 2020: a toast to our safe and essential supply chains

This week, a lot of Americans will sit down to much smaller Thanksgiving dinners than usual. It’s been a challenging year on so many levels. Nevertheless, they will raise their glasses and say a toast to the things they’re grateful for. If Labelmaster were hosting Thanksgiving, here’s how our toast might go: Here’s to the... The post For Thanksgiving 2020: a toast to our safe and essential supply chains appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA publishes ICR on fire extinguishers and the TSA issues ICR on cargo screening.

The coming week finds the nation preparing to celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday it is fair to say is going to be unlike any other that any of us have ever faced before.  Be careful, take every necessary precaution to cope with the pandemic, and from the Labelmaster family to yours, we wish each of you... The post DG Digest: OSHA publishes ICR on fire extinguishers and the TSA issues ICR on cargo screening. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How cold, for how long? The role of temperature in hazmat shipping.

The prospect of COVID-19 vaccines being approved in the near future has a lot of people suddenly thinking about cold chain shipping. But keeping vaccine doses extremely cold is only the, er, tip of the iceberg when it comes to temperature-controlled shipping. This time of year, with another brutal northern winter on its way, shippers... The post How cold, for how long? The role of temperature in hazmat shipping. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA proposes new ICR on transporting LNG on the Nation’s railways

The week just ended featured both post-election political turmoil as well as the continuing rapid climb in the infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, our work as DG professionals goes on.  Be sure to stay focused on the things that help keep our transport chain and you, your family, and our fellow workers safe. ... The post DG Digest: PHMSA proposes new ICR on transporting LNG on the Nation’s railways appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses. What do DG shippers need to know?

Sometime in the next few weeks or months, a COVID-19 vaccine will likely be approved by the FDA (and similar bodies in other nations). That will be very, very good news. The bad news is that those vaccines won’t just magically appear at your nearest pharmacy. In fact, safely transporting hundreds of millions of vaccine... The post Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses. What do DG shippers need to know? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada extends temporary COVID-related certifications through January 2021.

As may have been expected with the nation focused so heavily on the national election last week, regulatory activity was at a minimum. Sadly however, the pandemic took no break, with infections rising sharply across our nation. As HS&E professionals, let’s all do what we can to help protect our workplaces and model effective mitigation measures. Only... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada extends temporary COVID-related certifications through January 2021. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

How to ship large format lithium batteries: 13 things every e-commerce shipper must know.

The e-commerce industry has been one of the few beneficiaries of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. In the second quarter of 2020, e-commerce sales were up 44.4% over the same quarter in 2019. All signs indicate that this year’s holiday season will see another giant surge in e-commerce deliveries. And some of the fastest-growing, most popular... The post How to ship large format lithium batteries: 13 things every e-commerce shipper must know. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA relief exemptions for hand sanitizer expire & the EPA published the thirty-eighth update of Federal Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket.

The nation moves into November facing both a national election as well as, unfortunately, a resurgent pandemic. Let’s all stay calm, act responsibly, and do what we can to contribute to the safety and well being of our country. No matter how things go this Tuesday, in the end, we’re all in this together.  The week just... The post DG Digest: PHMSA relief exemptions for hand sanitizer expire & the EPA published the thirty-eighth update of Federal Hazardous Waste Compliance Read more [...]

The ORM-D hazmat label is being phased out. Here’s its retirement speech.

Starting January 1, 2021, the ORM-D label will no longer be accepted for Dangerous Goods shipments. Here’s what the label had to say on the occasion of its retirement from public service. Hello, hazmat shippers and Dangerous Goods professionals everywhere. I’m here to announce my retirement from public service, as my last day on the... The post The ORM-D hazmat label is being phased out. Here’s its retirement speech. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA proposing GHS ICR that could impact five million private employers

As the nation slides towards Halloween at the end of this coming week, it’s good to remember that even though this year will be different because of the ongoing pandemic, in many places children and families will be out celebrating the holiday.  Kids get extra excited and many costumes may restrict vision, so let’s all... The post DG Digest: OSHA proposing GHS ICR that could impact five million private employers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How hazmat shipping automation helps you find hidden demand (and revenue).

Can you really grow your operation’s revenue by simply automating with hazmat software? That’s the basis of our new DGIS Challenge page, where you can feed numbers from your operation into our simple calculator to see how our Dangerous Goods Information System can help you execute more hazmat shipments every day. And more shipments equals... The post How hazmat shipping automation helps you find hidden demand (and revenue). appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: DoD publishes AFMAN regulations on military transport of dangerous goods

Mid-October finds the nation confronting a renewed surge in the coronavirus pandemic.  As people move indoors from their summertime activities, more frequent chances to pass along infection become a greater possibility.  As HSE professionals, let’s do our part to help our workplace limit spread. The week was a relatively quiet one in regulatory terms; here’s the... The post DG Digest: DoD publishes AFMAN regulations on military transport of dangerous goods appeared first Read more [...]

11 unforgettable sessions from the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium

As much as we love getting together with hazmat pros from around the world at the Dangerous Goods Symposium every September, we have to admit there were several advantages to this year’s all-virtual event: You could attend sessions in your pajamas You could mutter objections to the speaker’s opinion without having everyone at your table... The post 11 unforgettable sessions from the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA releases download of Appendix H on competency-based training in advance of 2023 mandate

It’s the second full week of October—time flies!  Now’s a great time to review and if need be update your workplace’s cold weather plans.  It won’t be too long in many places before snow and ice make a potential early season comeback, so a safety plan for your employees always makes sense.  Meanwhile, it’s Thanksgiving... The post DG Digest: IATA releases download of Appendix H on competency-based training in advance of 2023 mandate appeared first Read more [...]

Chinese hazmat regulations explained! More notes from the 2020 DG Symposium.

Two recent sessions at the all-virtual 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium explored two of the more complex issues faced by global hazmat transport operations: Chinese regulations and effective training. Not only are Chinese Dangerous Goods regulations often more restrictive than those in Europe or the U.S.—their regulatory structure can be baffling, too. Yet the continued growth... The post Chinese hazmat regulations explained! More notes from the 2020 DG Symposium. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues enforcement notice regarding ICAO Technical Instructions and IMDG Code

As we move into the first full week of October, it’s good to note that across much of the country, this week is Fire Prevention Week.  While all of us are concerned with the ongoing pandemic and responses to it, we should all bear in mind that all of the other, and more typical hazards... The post DG Digest: PHMSA issues enforcement notice regarding ICAO Technical Instructions and IMDG Code appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

What we can learn from regulatory updates at the DG Symposium

On one level, regulatory update sessions at the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium are for true DG diehards—the trainers and shipping managers who have to know hazmat regulations in detail to keep their clients and operations compliant. But even if your job only occasionally touches the Dangerous Goods supply chain, you can still gain valuable insight.... The post What we can learn from regulatory updates at the DG Symposium appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

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 [...]