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Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies.

STAY SAFE, STAY SANE AND STAY COMPLIANT! Whether you’re shipping hazmat for the first time or it’s been part of your operation for years, 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... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to dominate regulatory activity.  Several new actions dealing with it were promulgated during the last week and we’ll cover them below.  Labelmaster continues to serve the DG logistics chain during this time when it’s become even more important.  We’re working safe and doing everything we can to be a positive... The post DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response

Geoff Leach is a consulting partner and was the former Head of the UK CAA Dangerous Goods Office and Chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.  After 32 years at the CAA, in 2014, he set up The Dangerous Goods Office Limited offering training and consultancy around the world. By Geoff Leach One of the... The post The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Distilleries making hand sanitizer? Hooray! Here’s how to ship it safely.

Among all the dire news surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, there’s one story that’s lightened a lot of people’s moods: distillers of alcoholic beverages (including several in the Chicago area) switching over some of their production to make desperately needed hand sanitizer. We love this story because: Supplies of hand sanitizer have been running low at... The post Distilleries making hand sanitizer? Hooray! Here’s how to ship it safely. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA temporarily relaxing recurrent training certificate requirement, HHS announces list of scarce materials threatened by hoarding

The COVID-19 crisis commands most of the week’s regulatory news.  As the world continues to work through its response, the weekly DG Digest will continue in its present format during the crisis: one section devoted specifically to news related to the pandemic, with other news in a separate section.  Labelmaster remains fully operational and serving... The post DG Digest: PHMSA temporarily relaxing recurrent training certificate requirement, HHS announces list of scarce materials threatened Read more [...]

What COVID-19 test sites must know about shipping infectious substances

For complete guidelines and resources for transporting COVID-19 test samples, please visit our coronavirus shipping guidelines page. With new COVID-19 test sites setting up all over the United States and the world, many businesses and their employees will be transporting infectious substances for the first time. These shippers must be aware of two important topics:... The post What COVID-19 test sites must know about shipping infectious substances appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: vital transport, extra hand sanitizer, critical infrastructure workforce — agencies respond to the global pandemic

As readers have no doubt already guessed, the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak dominates this week’s regulatory news, with a widening variety of actions now being promulgated to assist the transport industry in coping with the unprecedented situation.  Labelmaster has been designated as an essential business in this circumstance and will continue to operate. ... The post DG Digest: vital transport, extra hand sanitizer, critical infrastructure workforce — agencies respond Read more [...]

Virtual hazmat training: interactive, customized and ideal for these times

While you’re coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many things you can put off until life gets back to normal. Hazmat training, however, is probably not one of them. If your—or your team’s—certifications are coming due, you have to renew your training, or you risk fines for non-compliance. (Expired or incomplete training certifications are... The post Virtual hazmat training: interactive, customized and ideal for these times appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: ICAO/IATA and ADR react to the pandemic, FRA seeks comments on quarterly PTC form

As all of our readers know, the COVID-19 pandemic is now dominating the news and is affecting transport worldwide and well beyond impacts to private travelers. Its overall impact to industry and trade remains to be seen, but as dangerous goods professionals it’s our responsibility to keep things moving safely during this unsettled time. Let’s... The post DG Digest: ICAO/IATA and ADR react to the pandemic, FRA seeks comments on quarterly PTC form appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Spring Psychosis! It’s our 2020 Dangerous Goods tournament bracket!

Welp, it’s supposed to be that time of year when high school and college basketball teams start playing each other in single-elimination tournaments, and people everywhere had planned to put up brackets on cubicle walls. Unfortunately, Covid-19 virus concerns have caused the cancellation of many large gatherings and sports tournaments as folks here in the... The post Spring Psychosis! It’s our 2020 Dangerous Goods tournament bracket! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. DOT and PHMSA each outline revised guidance on regulatory roles

The second week in March finds the nation continuing to cope with the growing COVID-19 viral outbreak.  Help your employees stay safe by emphasizing the basics: hand washing, covering one’s mouth for sneezes and coughs, stay home if ill, and don’t panic.  We can do this!  In other news, on Sunday we all “sprang forward.” ... The post DG Digest: U.S. DOT and PHMSA each outline revised guidance on regulatory roles appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Undeclared hazmat? The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is on the case.

Say you need a replacement 420 Wh battery for your electric snowblower. Instead of ordering a new one from the manufacturer, you find an online retailer offering a used battery at a discount. When the battery arrives, you—being somewhat knowledgeable about the rules governing transport of lithium batteries—are surprised to see it’s in a plain,... The post Undeclared hazmat? The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is on the case. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: DOT announces $1 billion in infrastructure grants

The first week in March finds the nation confronting a potentially serious health threat in the form of the new COVD-19 coronavirus.  The biggest positive actions we as regulatory and EHS professionals can take to help our fellow employees is to encourage everyone to not panic, and to employ common sense precautions like thorough hand... The post DG Digest: DOT announces $1 billion in infrastructure grants appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

What is master data, and why is it so important for hazmat transport?

What exactly are you shipping? Simple question, right? Not at all. It turns out a lot of shippers don’t know exactly what they’re shipping, and that lack of knowledge has a profound ripple effect on the entire supply chain. I’m talking here about master data—complete, detailed information about a product’s components, makeup, dimensions and origins.... The post What is master data, and why is it so important for hazmat transport? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: while not changing regulations, Transport Canada to reform the language of TDGR

Winter slogs on as we approach the end of February and look forward to March, which, according to tradition, “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  Let’s all hope so!  Meanwhile, the week just concluded saw a number of actions of interest, with both national and international actions taking place that... The post DG Digest: while not changing regulations, Transport Canada to reform the language of TDGR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

7 misconceptions about attending the Dangerous Goods Symposium

Have you ever attended Labelmaster’s Dangerous Goods Symposium? If so, here’s what you need to know right now: The 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium will be held September 9-11 in Chicago You’ll save $50 by registering by March 31, 2020. Now, if you’ve never attended the DG Symposium, you might have a reason or two why... The post 7 misconceptions about attending the Dangerous Goods Symposium appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FRA publishes regulation on risk reduction programs and FMCSA announces reduced fees for states

The week just ended found regulatory activity about normal—several actions of interest including several Special Permit actions from PHMSA and a big new final rule from the FRA. In another story that is not currently receiving heavy US media coverage, our Canadian neighbors are experiencing an environmental and political dispute that has had a significant impact... The post DG Digest: FRA publishes regulation on risk reduction programs and FMCSA announces reduced fees for states appeared Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: Do you know how to ship lithium batteries by air?

KEEP YOUR LITHIUM BATTERY SHIPMENTS COMPLIANT  Lithium batteries are hazmat, and the regulations for shipping them change often. Keep your shipments safe and compliant with a complete line of lithium battery resources from Labelmaster.  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 for hazardous materials... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: Do you know Read more [...]

DG Digest: In response to derailments, Transport Canada orders ‘Key Trains’ to limit speed to 25 mph

We begin the second week of February with Transport Canada taking center stage on the regulatory scene in a major action directed at addressing train operating safety following a pair of recent oil train derailments.  Find the details on that below.  A variety of other and somewhat less minor—but still interesting–actions rounded out the week’s... The post DG Digest: In response to derailments, Transport Canada orders ‘Key Trains’ to limit speed to 25 mph appeared Read more [...]

How to ship lithium batteries by air—in 2020 and beyond

Since 2016, when the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) implemented drastically more restrictive global regulations on shipping lithium batteries by air, shippers have adapted and done their best to comply. Yet many still find the regulations confusing and have questions about what they can and cannot do. In March 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials... The post How to ship lithium batteries by air—in 2020 and beyond appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA seeks renewal of HAZWOPER program and UNECE published a Corrigendum to the EU ADR

It’s the first week of February and regardless of whether the trusty groundhog did or didn’t see his shadow where you live on Sunday, it’s likely that you and your employees are still facing a considerable stretch of winter weather before things start to brighten up and get warmer.  Be sure your team stays focused... The post DG Digest: OSHA seeks renewal of HAZWOPER program and UNECE published a Corrigendum to the EU ADR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DOT PHMSA Hosts First Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

Last week DOT PHMSA hosted the first Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee meeting at DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and I had the pleasure of the attending the meeting alongside Labelmaster Services V.P. of Consulting, Pia Jala. Lithium cell and battery production throughout the world continues to grow at an astonishing rate due to... The post DOT PHMSA Hosts First Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee Meeting appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA extends IRC on highway routing of hazmat, FRA sets drug & alcohol test rates for 2020

Last Saturday marked the Chinese New Year; the year 4718 in the Chinese calendar and the Year of the Rat, which renews the twelve year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.  In Chinese culture, rats represent the positive traits of quickness, cleverness, and the ability to thrive even under difficult circumstances.  The Labelmaster family wishes all... The post DG Digest: FMCSA extends IRC on highway routing of hazmat, FRA sets drug & alcohol test rates for 2020 appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Have a hazmat question? Have a phone? Call our DG Regulations Hotline!

Wouldn’t it be great if, the next time you had a question about Dangerous Goods transport—any question at all—you could just pick up the phone and ask an expert? You can. And it’s free. Just call the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline. Call 1.800.621.5808—8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central time, Monday through Friday—and ask to speak to... The post Have a hazmat question? Have a phone? Call our DG Regulations Hotline! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues IRC on portable tanks and IBCs; FRA is proposing changes to train brake inspections

Mid-January finds the regulatory world getting busy again as the nation weathers fierce winter weather. The UNECE has a pair of very interesting published revisions to important documents; we cover that below, along with a variety of other actions. Meanwhile it’s the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday; the Labelmaster family wishes... The post DG Digest: PHMSA issues IRC on portable tanks and IBCs; FRA is proposing changes to train brake inspections appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Why it’s absolutely essential to choose the right hazmat placard

True fact: No one ever got promoted for choosing the right hazmat placard. Choosing the wrong placard, however, could have negative consequences for anyone’s job prospects. Think about it. Every Dangerous Goods shipment represents a significant investment in time and materials, and it could be part of a supply chain impacting several organizations. Yet one... The post Why it’s absolutely essential to choose the right hazmat placard appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IMO releases corrigendum for the 39th IMDG Code

It’s the end of the first full week of the New Year and as far as such things go, it was relatively quiet, although the IMO released a newsworthy corrigendum for the IMDG Code.  We’ll discuss that in a bit more detail below.  An FRA notice rounded out the week’s news.  The country is entering... The post DG Digest: IMO releases corrigendum for the 39th IMDG Code appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

8 Dangerous Goods myths and misconceptions—busted!

Remember Mythbusters? A couple of former Hollywood effects pros created one of the top shows on cable TV by debunking popular myths and misconceptions. They proved—over and over—that just because “everyone knows” something doesn’t make it true. If there were a supply chain TV network, Dangerous Goods professionals could probably run their own version of

DG Digest: EPA continues to refine TCSA and FRA proposes new truck safety standards

Welcome to 2020!  It’s the first DG Digest of the New Year and new decade; here’s to a safe and successful year for you and yours.  We’ll continue to bring our readers all the latest regulatory news of interest right here, so let’s get started.  The last week of 2019 was typical of a holiday

Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 6, 2020

Week of January 6, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance 2020 is here and technology is poised to continue transforming the supply chain. This is especially true for dangerous goods shippers as they much adapt to the continued growth of e-commerce, evolving consumer demands, increasing regulations and much more. To help companies keep

Hazmat hopes 2020: If Dangerous Goods professionals ran the world

Every fall, we invite everyone who attends the Dangerous Goods Symposium (and lots of other hazmat pros) to answer one simple question: If you could wish for one thing in the entire Dangerous Goods galaxy, what would it be? Now, for the third straight year, we’ve compiled those answers to kick off our year with

DG Digest: Semi-annual regulatory agendas & the new PHMSA Lithium Battery Committee

The final DG Digest of 2019 finds regulatory activity at a surprisingly high and extensive level for the holiday period; it’s usually a slow time, but not this year! 2019 is over; what will 2020 bring to the regulatory scene? Perhaps the biggest unresolved question in the United States remains the final status of the

8 minor miracles in honor of the first-ever hazmat Hanukkah

It’s the holiday season, so naturally it’s time for a holiday post. And this time we’re doing something different. We’ve done holiday gift guides. We’ve also done Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Independence Day and, of course, Halloween. But as far as we know, no one’s ever done a Hanukkah-themed post about Dangerous Goods... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends comment period for its Liquefied Natural Gas by rail NPRM

The penultimate digest week of the year finds regulatory activity much busier than one might have otherwise expected it to be, with several actions of interest. Meanwhile, this week begins the heart of the holiday season. The Labelmaster family wishes you and yours a safe and joyous holiday! Here’s all the latest: PHMSA The agency

Revisiting the most important 2019 hazmat regulations—and previewing 2020

The biggest regulatory news in 2019 may have been something that didn’t happen—PHMSA’s HM-215O International Harmonization rule, which would have aligned U.S. regulations with the most recent UN Model Regulations, ICAO Technical Instructions and IMDG Code. HM-215O will almost certainly be formalized in 2020. Meanwhile, here’s a look back at the significant regulatory developments that... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA special permit to allow liquified natural gas on railways

Mid-December finds regulatory activity about average, with several actions.  At this time of year, our employees can feel very distracted with holiday plans and parties, shopping, and other preparations.  Let’s all be sure to help them stay focused on safety both in the workplace and off the job.  No one wants a holiday accident to

DOT’s Check the Box making progress against undeclared Dangerous Goods

Hazardous Matt is on a roll, and the “plain brown box” is in retreat. This time last year we took a first look at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Check the Box program, a multimedia campaign that addresses the ongoing problem of undeclared Dangerous Goods—also known as the “plain brown box.” The star of the

DG Digest: IATA releases addendum for the 61st DGR

We move fully into the month of December and its approaching holiday period with the biggest news being a brand-new Addendum for the 61st Edition of the IATA DGR; that’s the new volume that will become effective on January 1st, so change is in the air for it already.  The EPA as well as our

Why the new lithium battery test summary rules are nothing to stress out about

On January 1, 2020, a new regulation goes into effect that will impact every organization that manufactures or distributes lithium batteries and/or the equipment they power. These companies will be required to share information, known as a “test summary,” that proves their batteries meet the testing standards as defined in sub-section 38.3 of the UN... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks comments on IRC for high-hazard flammables trains

Welcome back from the long weekend!  Hopefully everyone enjoyed a nice rest and safe travels.  As one might expect with the shortened week containing the Thanksgiving holiday, regulatory action over the last seven days was relatively minimal.  Here’s the action to begin December: PHMSA The agency published a request for comment on a proposed revision... Read more [...]