Archive for News

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 [...]

Make supply chain disruptions less disruptive—with Dangerous Goods automation

The global supply chain has seen enough disruptions over the last couple of years to last a lifetime. A worldwide pandemic. Labor shortages. Material shortages. Unstoppable eCommerce demand. A container ship wedged across the Suez Canal for weeks. A war in Europe. Massive fuel cost increases. And don’t look now, but labor conflicts, severe weather... The post Make supply chain disruptions less disruptive—with Dangerous Goods automation appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA published handling and treatment guidance for end-of-life lithium batteries

Here we are with the end of May beginning to approach already. The Memorial Day holiday will mark the unofficial beginning of the summer for many people. Be sure that you plan your holiday safely and be sure as well to take time to remember the reason the holiday exists, and the sacrifices so many... The post DG Digest: PHMSA published handling and treatment guidance for end-of-life lithium batteries appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of May 16, 2022

  Week of May 16, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Navigating compounding supply chain risks has become the new normal. Even so, there are several new potential disruptors on the horizon with the potential to shake up operations for many companies. Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Port... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of May 16, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA published final rule that its employees can refer relevant potential criminal acts to DOT Inspector General

Here we are in Mid-May already!  Where does the time go? Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warming spring weather and looking forward to the coming summer season. As HSE professionals, remember that it’s our job to have a solid heat plan in effect to help protect our fellow employees from any heat-related illnesses.  It will... The post DG Digest: PHMSA published final rule that its employees can refer relevant potential criminal acts to DOT Inspector General appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Key regulations to know for shipping large format lithium batteries

Compliantly shipping lithium-ion batteries of any size means navigating a complex set of regulations. And, generally speaking, the bigger the batteries get, the more challenging they are to transport compliantly. When you’re moving large format lithium-ion batteries—like the ones for electric vehicles, solar power storage, data centers and other heavy-duty purposes—you have to consider a... The post Key regulations to know for shipping large format lithium batteries appeared first Read more [...]

DG Digest: Supply Chain Shortages Force PHMSA to Relax Some Rules for Sealing Tapes

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and the Labelmaster joins to wish all those hard-working Moms out there the credit they deserve. We hope you had a great and special day and a wonderful year coming up! Here’s the latest news from the last two weeks: PHMSA The agency published a notice of discretionary enforcement allowing inspectors to take... The post DG Digest: Supply Chain Shortages Force PHMSA to Relax Some Rules for Sealing Tapes appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of May 2, 2022

  Week of May 2, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Demand for pharmaceutical goods continues to increase, even as businesses are forced to navigate ongoing supply chain challenges.  Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Automation to Drive the Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry Forward: With the growing challenges facing the... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of May 2, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee to meet on May 4th, 2022

The third week of the month was a bit of a “post-holiday” period, apparently, at least among the regulatory bodies.  It was pretty quiet.  As such, it’s a small digest this week, although PHMSA announced a meeting dealing with lithium batteries—always a popular subject of interest.  Here’s the latest news. PHMSA The agency announced a... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee to meet on May 4th, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

4 Secrets of Compliant Dangerous Goods Shippers

By Katy Schroedl, ProShip, Inc.: With hazardous material shipments accounting for roughly 20% of the total volume of all shipments, Dangerous Goods (DG) shippers recognize the value in these shipments. While DG shipments can seem to be a complex and restrictive subset of the supply chain, they are a necessary challenge for so many brands... The post 4 Secrets of Compliant Dangerous Goods Shippers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 18, 2022

  Week of April 18, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Supply chain issues continue to be a major challenge for businesses across most industries. Along with those problems comes an increased focus on solutions – from automation and collaboration to inventory management and transportation mode shifts.  Let’s examine some recent industry... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 18, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA seeks to add ‘Safe Driver Apprentice Program’ training for CDL drivers

It’s mid-April already!  Hopefully, everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the holiday weekend.  Let’s hope that April showers are busy bring spring flowers to us in May. Meanwhile, it was a pretty quiet regulatory week. Here’s the latest news: PHMSA The agency published its latest set of special permit actions, covering what one might call the “usual... The post DG Digest: FMCSA seeks to add ‘Safe Driver Apprentice Program’ training for CDL drivers Read more [...]

Speed and simplicity: DGIS hazmat software vs your coffee maker

The single-cup coffee maker is a model of speed and simplicity. You drop in a pod, push a button, and get a fresh cup of coffee about a minute later. No wonder so many people have adopted them for their homes and offices. Speed and simplicity go hand in hand. The simpler you make a... The post Speed and simplicity: DGIS hazmat software vs your coffee maker appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Publishes Q2 Newsletter; OSHA to Invite Stakeholders to Meet on Heat-related Worker Hazards

The first full week of April found a number of interesting regulatory items.  We’ll cover them all below.  Meanwhile, April tends to be the lead-in month for much of the stormy springtime weather that many sections of our country experience.  Be sure that your workplace severe weather plans are up to date and employees know... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Publishes Q2 Newsletter; OSHA to Invite Stakeholders to Meet on Heat-related Worker Hazards appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Don’t design your large format lithium battery crate until you answer these 5 questions 

If you’re transporting large format lithium batteries—like the ones for electric vehicles, solar power storage, data centers and other heavy-duty purposes—you’re going to need a large packaging solution.  But if you start focusing on your packaging solution without doing the necessary intelligence work first, you could set yourself back weeks, or even months. Not to... The post Don’t design your large format lithium battery crate until you answer these 5 questions  Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 4, 2022

  Week of April 4, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance It’s both an exciting and challenging time in the automotive industry as businesses are driving innovation forward while dealing with parts shortages and supply chain challenges.   Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Auto Suppliers Call for Dialogue... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 4, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA proposal would require some employers electronically submit injury and illness information to the agency

Regulatorily speaking, March goes out a bit like the proverbial lamb, with a quiet week featuring little in the way of fresh news. Sometimes it’s good to have a break! Meanwhile, April is here with improving Spring weather, so hopefully our readers will all have a chance to enjoy a little more time outside with warming days... The post DG Digest: OSHA proposal would require some employers electronically submit injury and illness information to the agency appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA to publish FAQs for Hazardous Materials Regulations on their website

Heading into the end of the month of March, we find that PHMSA is releasing an interesting new feature for DG shippers—a “Frequently Asked Questions” list related to some of its Letters of Interpretation or LOI. Looks like the agency is trying to avoid some of the inevitable repetition that occurs with stakeholders ending up asking... The post DG Digest: PHMSA to publish FAQs for Hazardous Materials Regulations on their website appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA to published FAQs for Hazardous Materials Regulations on their website

Heading into the end of the month of March, we find that PHMSA is releasing an interesting new feature for DG shippers—a “Frequently Asked Questions” list related to some of its Letters of Interpretation or LOI. Looks like the agency is trying to avoid some of the inevitable repetition that occurs with stakeholders ending up asking... The post DG Digest: PHMSA to published FAQs for Hazardous Materials Regulations on their website appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. DOT adjusts civil penalties for inflation

Welcome to Spring!  I’m sure that we’re all glad to start putting the winter behind us. As our workplaces begin to transition to warmer weather, as HS&E professionals let’s be sure that any damage to things like outdoor break or lunch areas gets taken care of before our fellow employees start to use them more heavily... The post DG Digest: U.S. DOT adjusts civil penalties for inflation appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

For Women’s History Month: Women in the supply chain—past, present and future

Would today’s supply chain run more smoothly if we had more women in charge? The last couple of years may have been the most stressful period the modern supply chain has ever seen. Between the ongoing pandemic, the explosion of eCommerce, maritime misadventures, raw material shortages, labor shortages and other disruptions, it’s never been more... The post For Women’s History Month: Women in the supply chain—past, present and future appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA amends rule that CMV drivers submit list of traffic convictions annually to their employers

The coming week features St. Patrick’s Day!  For most people it’s a chance for fun and a commemoration of our nation’s rich Irish cultural heritage. Be sure to celebrate safely! Here’s last week’s regulatory news: PHMSA The agency issued a new set of Special Permit actions last week. See the actions here: 2022-04944.pdf (govinfo.gov) 2022-04947.pdf (govinfo.gov) 2022-04948.pdf (govinfo.gov)... The post DG Digest: FMCSA amends rule that CMV drivers Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 7, 2022

  Week of March 7, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance The push towards greater automation and transparency within the supply chain has brought with it an increased focus on integration – between systems and partners. Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Supply Chain Integration Issues Costing 38% of... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 7, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA to increase commercial vehicle interior windshield size to accommodate on-board safety technology

The end of the first week in March finds the world watching a full-scale war in the heart of Europe.  Exactly what impact that will have long-term beyond the obvious human tragedy remains to be seen, but short term, it is going to add many challenges to an already pandemic stressed supply chain. Labelmaster will do... The post DG Digest: FMCSA to increase commercial vehicle interior windshield size to accommodate on-board safety technology appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. EPA proposes revised emission limits for facilities involved with lead acid battery manufacturing

It’s the last day of February—March rolls in tomorrow with its promise of the coming Spring.  I’m sure all of us are ready after another winter battling the pandemic and now with the very troubled international situation taking shape in Europe.  Let us all hope for better times soon. It was a quiet regulatory week; here’s... The post DG Digest: U.S. EPA proposes revised emission limits for facilities involved with lead acid battery manufacturing appeared first Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of February 21, 2022

  Week of February 21, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance The supply chain has become increasingly data-driven. Whether it’s improving visibility, identifying trends, driving automation or another business benefit, data is at the core of today’s supply chain strategies and technologies. Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Operationalizing... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of February 21, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: IAEA Considering Radioactive Materials Transport Revisions, Could Impact 49 CFR and Other Modal Regulations

Winter rolls on.  It’s the third week of February and if you’re like most folks, you’re pretty probably tired of the damp, dark, and cold.  Hang in there!  This too shall pass.  Meanwhile, bear down and keep focusing on those winter safety plans.  It’s easy for many employees to start paying less attention to things... The post DG Digest: IAEA Considering Radioactive Materials Transport Revisions, Could Impact 49 CFR and Other Modal Regulations appeared Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA publishes latest round of Special Permits

It’s Valentine’s Day!  Hopefully there is something sweet in store for you and your family for it. Enjoy it! In a regulatory sense, mid-February finds things relatively “business-as-usual,” with some of the typical items promulgated over the last week. Here’s the latest: PHMSA The agency published it’s latest raft of Special Permit actions, with some of the typical... The post DG Digest: PHMSA publishes latest round of Special Permits appeared Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S Coast Guard issues final rule amending how waterfront facilities handle LNG

The first week in February is here, and the groundhog saw his shadow—six more weeks of winter!  Be sure your winter safety plan stays active until we all get through to the new Spring.  There was a variety of news from various federal agencies last week, including an ICR dealing with COVID issues from the... The post DG Digest: U.S Coast Guard issues final rule amending how waterfront facilities handle LNG appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA Proposal Would Reduce State Fees by 27% in 2022

It’s the middle of what is typically the worst month of winter weather over much of the country—let’s stay focused on keeping our employees safe, especially if your facility has work outside. Falls and frostbite are nothing to sniff at, and as HS&E professionals we need to stay on top of things. Keep walkways clear of... The post DG Digest: FMCSA Proposal Would Reduce State Fees by 27% in 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Federal Agencies Release Semi-annual Agendas

Here we are at the end of January already!  One month gone from the New Year.  Hopefully, your resolutions are still sticking.  Meanwhile, time flies, but at least we’re all a month closer to the new Spring.  Let’s all get through the rest of the winter safely—keep your cold weather plan up to date and... The post DG Digest: Federal Agencies Release Semi-annual Agendas appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 24, 2022

  Week of January 24, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance 2021 may be in the rearview but supply chain challenges most organizations faced last year remain. With industry experts predicting continued disruption throughout 2022, organizations will continue to adopt new processes and solutions to navigate short-term challenges and position themselves for... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 24, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How to ship lithium batteries by air—in 2022 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. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies continue to update regulation in an effort to keep lithium battery transport by air as safe as possible. The most recent change... The post How to ship lithium batteries by air—in 2022 and beyond appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]