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DG Digest: Transport Canada Launches Online Emergency Reporting, OSHA Renews Fire Extinguisher Guidelines

Here it is mid-July already. Gosh, where does the time go? Hope your summer plans are coming together. As is sometimes the case, especially during the summer months and prime vacation season, the regulatory world had a quiet week, news-wise. Here’s the (minimal) latest: Transport Canada The Ministry has created a new portal as part... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada Launches Online Emergency Reporting, OSHA Renews Fire Extinguisher Guidelines appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: New Heat Safety Rules for Workplaces Coming Soon from OSHA, Plus Proposed Battery Safety Standard from NFPA

Hopefully, everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day holiday. As we all come back to work, some of the warmest weather of the summer thus far is rolling across the country. As such, we all need to make sure that our workplaces are protected from heat-related safety issues, most especially for our co-workers who... The post DG Digest: New Heat Safety Rules for Workplaces Coming Soon from OSHA, Plus Proposed Battery Safety Standard from NFPA appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Supreme Court overturns Chevron, limiting regulatory oversight.

The coming week features the 4th of July holiday. It’s a good time to think about travel safety, since media reports indicate that a record number of Americans may be out on the road during the next ten days or so. If you plan a holiday drive, think about the basics—check your vehicle for safe... The post DG Digest: Supreme Court overturns Chevron, limiting regulatory oversight. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Issues New Rule Requiring Electronic Tracking of Hazardous Materials on Trains After East Palestine Incident

Sliding into the last week of June already! Remember how when we were kids, summer went on forever? Not so much now, so enjoy it while you can. The hot weather of July and August is right around the corner, too, so be sure those heat safety plans are in place and ready to go.... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Issues New Rule Requiring Electronic Tracking of Hazardous Materials on Trains After East Palestine Incident appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG professionals: Your expertise is needed for the 9th Annual DG Confidence Outlook 

Digitalization, sustainability and innovation are transforming the supply chain. But how exactly are those trends shaking up Dangerous Goods (DG) management? And, what industry learnings can help you at your organization every day?  DG professionals: it’s your time to shine. We need your input for the 9th annual Global DG Confidence Outlook.  What is the... The post DG professionals: Your expertise is needed for the 9th Annual DG Confidence Outlook  appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Seeks Input on Compressed Gas Cylinder Markings, FMCSA Discusses Carrier Fitness

The end of the coming week will take us into mid-June—already! Remember, the warmest months of the year are just ahead of us in the US, so be sure that if your hot weather safety plan needs last-minute tweaking, now’s the time! Here is a look at the week past’s regulatory news: PHMSA The agency... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Seeks Input on Compressed Gas Cylinder Markings, FMCSA Discusses Carrier Fitness appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Attention Transporters of Hazardous Materials: PHMSA Proposes Registration Fee Updates; OSHA to Hold Public Meeting on UN GHS Standards

June traditionally begins the summer season and the end of the regular school year in many places across the country. Be sure to account for the potential additional presence of children enjoying their summer break during your travel, work, and especially while driving. Here’s the week’s news: PHMSA In an NPRM, the agency, in order... The post DG Digest: Attention Transporters of Hazardous Materials: PHMSA Proposes Registration Fee Updates; OSHA to Hold Public Meeting on UN GHS Standards Read more [...]

DG Digest: FRA Ups Railroad Safety with Dispatcher & Signal Maintainer Certifications; OSHA Updates Vinyl Chloride Standard

The Memorial Day weekend just concluded is the unofficial kick-off to the nation’s summer season. As such, it’s now a great time to review your home and workplace heat safety plans. Employees that work out of doors or in non-climate-controlled buildings can face real risks during hot weather. Be sure that you review your site... The post DG Digest: FRA Ups Railroad Safety with Dispatcher & Signal Maintainer Certifications; OSHA Updates Vinyl Chloride Standard appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA Strengthens Chemical Safety Standards with Major Revision to Hazard Communication Rule

The third week of May finds the country preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period. As the unofficial kick-off to the summer season, let’s be sure to focus on a safe and enjoyable holiday. Let’s also take time next weekend to remember the real purpose of the holiday and give thought to our fallen... The post DG Digest: OSHA Strengthens Chemical Safety Standards with Major Revision to Hazard Communication Rule appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: For HM-215Q, PHMSA Corrects International Hazmat Shipping Rules for Specific Materials, Revises Table Appearance

Here we are heading into mid-May; the weather is rapidly warning and it’s the apex of the spring storm season in much of the country. If you live and work in a place that is affected by this type of heavy weather, be sure you have a safety plan. When it’s happening is no time... The post DG Digest: For HM-215Q, PHMSA Corrects International Hazmat Shipping Rules for Specific Materials, Revises Table Appearance appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FAA, FMCSA, CPSC & OSHA: Updates on Undeclared Dangerous Goods, Radioactive Materials, Fuel Containers & More

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the weekend just past, with “Star Wars Day” and Cinco de Mayo both falling over the period. Nowadays, it’s kind of the unofficial start to the summer season. Here’s to a great upcoming summertime for all of us! Let’s take a look at the current regulatory news: FAA The agency has published... The post DG Digest: FAA, FMCSA, CPSC & OSHA: Updates on Undeclared Dangerous Goods, Radioactive Materials, Fuel Containers & More appeared first Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA Updates DGR with Focus on Operator Variations and Lithium Battery Rules

Here we are at the end of the month. As I write this blog, a very large tornado outbreak has been taking place across the Midwest and Great Plains. I hope all of our blog readers are safe. It’s also a great reminder that the threat of severe and even deadly weather is especially prevalent... The post DG Digest: IATA Updates DGR with Focus on Operator Variations and Lithium Battery Rules appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada Publishes Updates on Tank Cars, Ammonia Nurse Tanks, Class 1 Explosives Packaging

The third week of April means the spring storm season is in full swing, so make sure your workplace and home are both ready to cope with potential heavy weather. In the regulatory world, Transport Canada was a busy player last week, with several actions of note. Here’s the latest news: Transport Canada The ministry... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada Publishes Updates on Tank Cars, Ammonia Nurse Tanks, Class 1 Explosives Packaging appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Want more large-format lithium battery packaging options? We’ve got good news. 

Large-format lithium batteries power our world—from electric vehicles and energy storage systems to industrial robots and even aircraft. But with great power comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to safe and compliant transportation. That’s why Labelmaster’s DGeo packaging division has partnered with Action Wood 360 to offer easy-to-use collapsible wooden crates for large-format battery... The post Want more large-format lithium battery packaging options? We’ve Read more [...]

DG Digest: New PHMSA Rule Makes Multi-Modal Hazmat Shipping Easier, Aligns with International Standards

As we publish, it’s Tax Day! Are you ready? Hopefully everyone has things under control for the year. It’s always an adventure. Meanwhile, it was an eventful regulatory week as PHMSA published its long awaited HM-215Q harmonization rule.  Let’s dive right in: PHMSA As just noted, the final rule updating international harmonization was published. The... The post DG Digest: New PHMSA Rule Makes Multi-Modal Hazmat Shipping Easier, Aligns with International Standards appeared first Read more [...]

DG Digest: Shipping Accident in Baltimore: A Reminder of Safe Cargo Practices

Shipping accident in Baltimore As most people already know, last week the Singapore flagged container ship MS Dali collided with the Francis Scott Key road bridge at the mouth of the harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The bridge subsequently collapsed, tragically killing six maintenance workers on the span. Casualties may have been far greater but for... The post DG Digest: Shipping Accident in Baltimore: A Reminder of Safe Cargo Practices appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: EPA Eyes Safer Disposal of Explosives, OSHA Updates Fire Extinguisher and Cadmium Rules

For many younger folks, spring break season has arrived, so if you live and work in an area that sees spring break tourism, be sure that your employees are aware of the potential for increased traffic and crowded streets. Delivery drivers and those who work out of the office or plant can be particularly affected.... The post DG Digest: EPA Eyes Safer Disposal of Explosives, OSHA Updates Fire Extinguisher and Cadmium Rules appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Clarifies Special Permit Process, Adds Hazmat Training FAQs, and Issues Monkeypox Guidance

It’s mid-March, and the formal beginning of Spring is just a day or two away. Hopefully, every will have a chance to enjoy the improving weather and perhaps a spring break holiday. Be sure to include appropriate safety planning in your spring events! Here’s the last week’s extremely busy regulatory news: PHMSA The agency published... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Clarifies Special Permit Process, Adds Hazmat Training FAQs, and Issues Monkeypox Guidance appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Gear Up for Change: The 2024 ERG Arrives May 1st

One of the most popular and certainly among the most useful and used of the USDOT’s family of publications is almost due for its revised issuance. The Emergency Response Guide, typically referred to simply as the “ERG,” will make its every-fourth-year reappearance on May 1st. The 2024 edition will supersede the current 2020 edition. The... The post Gear Up for Change: The 2024 ERG Arrives May 1st appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Public Comment Period Opens on International Rules for Safe Radioactive Material Transport

Today’s blog publishes right after the “Spring Forward” event—did you remember to reset your clocks? This is the one Monday of the year when perhaps everyone might be just a little off-kilter, so remember: take your time today and don’t let the change impair your attention to health and safety. We’ll also encounter the St.... The post DG Digest: Public Comment Period Opens on International Rules for Safe Radioactive Material Transport appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA amends the HMR in HM-219D final rule, effective April 3, 2024

Today’s blog finds us in the very first week of “meteorological spring.” Just a few weeks to the equinox! Hopefully, this means warmer weather will start to make its way across the country. Of course, it also means that in many places, severe weather will be starting to make its seasonal comeback, so be sure... The post DG Digest: PHMSA amends the HMR in HM-219D final rule, effective April 3, 2024 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

With the growing proliferation of lithium batteries, here’s how we’ve got safe shipping covered 

Lithium batteries power our lives—from smartphones and power tools to hoverboards and e-bikes. But their potential fire risk is so significant that airlines don’t even allow them in checked bags. The lithium battery chain is now expected to grow by more than 30 percent annually for the remainder of the decade, with a market size... The post With the growing proliferation of lithium batteries, here’s how we’ve got safe shipping covered  appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: EPA updates fees for the Toxic Substances Control Act

The last full week of February found things just a touch slow in the regulatory world; this coming week features “Leap Day,” which happens just once every four years. So, do something special to enjoy it! Here’s the latest news: EPA The agency finalized amendments to the rule that established fees for the administration of... The post DG Digest: EPA updates fees for the Toxic Substances Control Act appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Faster than coffee: Automating hazmat shipping with DGIS software

Why do so many people love single-serve coffee makers? Because they make a complex process simple and fast. That’s also why many hazmat organizations use advanced automation software. Dangerous Goods transport is one of the most complex processes in modern industry. Automation solutions that make hazmat shipping simpler and faster are essential for keeping your... The post Faster than coffee: Automating hazmat shipping with DGIS software appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: NEW IMDG and ADR Corrigenda Released

It’s Presidents Day this Monday, honoring all the men who have thus far served as our nation’s chief executive. Most people have a favorite president from history; do you? Given the holiday, most federal and state agencies are closed today. However, last week did feature some new regulatory action. Here’s the latest: IMDG Code The... The post DG Digest: NEW IMDG and ADR Corrigenda Released appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: New tranche of semi-annual regulatory agendas released

Winter rolls on as we all recover from “The Big Game” on Sunday. Did your team win? Hey—there’s always next year, and baseball spring training starts later this week. Never give up, right? It was a relatively quiet regulatory week; here’s the latest news: Semi-Annual Regulatory Agendas A third tranche of new regulatory agendas has... The post DG Digest: New tranche of semi-annual regulatory agendas released appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: An NPRM from OSHA in reference to required emergency response measures and organization

“Punxsutawney Phil,” the famous prognosticating groundhog in Pennsylvania, did not, according to news reports, see his shadow last Friday. According to the tradition, that means we’ll see a speedy end to winter. Let’s hope that groundhog nailed it! Meanwhile, however, just in case he’s wrong, be sure your winter safety plans remain in effect until... The post DG Digest: An NPRM from OSHA in reference to required emergency response measures and organization appeared first Read more [...]

DG Digest: Proposed rulemaking from the CPSC regarding reducing required size of safety marks on consumer coin/button cell battery packaging

Here we are at the end of January! Whew! One more month of the worst weather to go. Hopefully, later this week, “Punxsutawney Phil” the famous groundhog in Pennsylvania will predict a quick end to winter.  Hang in there and stay safe! Here’s this week’s regulatory news: CPSC The Commission published a proposed rule (via... The post DG Digest: Proposed rulemaking from the CPSC regarding reducing required size of safety marks on consumer coin/button cell battery packaging Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA Publishes its latest tranche of Special Permit actions

The third week of January finds us all still shivering as we endure the heart of the winter season. Hopefully, everyone is staying warm and keeping safe. January is a tough time of year, but it won’t last forever. Hang in there! Here’s the latest regulatory news: PHMSA The agency has published its latest tranche... The post DG Digest: PHMSA Publishes its latest tranche of Special Permit actions appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA publishes its revised organizational chart for 2024.

Mid-January is living up to its billing this year—most of the country is plugging through some really bitter weather. Are your operations coping? In this kind of cold and snow, it’s important to keep putting safety first. As we go to press, this Monday is also the Martin Luther King holiday, and the Labelmaster family... The post DG Digest: PHMSA publishes its revised organizational chart for 2024. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA creates guidance document for micromobility devices powered by lithium ion batteries.

Brrrr!!! We’re getting into the coldest and snowiest part of the year in much of the country, and we have at least a couple of months to go to really see a chance of relief. So, make sure that your company’s winter weather plan is operating correctly. Snow and ice should be clear of pedestrian... The post DG Digest: PHMSA creates guidance document for micromobility devices powered by lithium ion batteries. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

What customers are saying about Labelmaster’s new line of CurTec shipping products

Recently, Labelmaster announced the addition of CurTec high-performance plastic containers, drums and pails to our already robust packaging offering—allowing us to provide the industry’s broadest assortment of UN-certified primary containers. For Dangerous Goods (DG) pros, the lineup may be the right packaging solution to fit their needs for safe and compliant shipping. Here’s what we’ve... The post What customers are saying about Labelmaster’s new line of CurTec shipping Read more [...]

DG Digest: Federal civil penalty fees adjusted for inflation last week

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m sure that I speak for the entire Labelmaster family when I say that we hope you had a great holiday season and that you will have a safe, prosperous, and productive 2024! As is often the case during the end-of-year holiday period, the regulatory world also slowed down a little.... The post DG Digest: Federal civil penalty fees adjusted for inflation last week appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: US Postal Service proposal to impose new packaging requirements for hazmat consigned by mail.

Holiday reminder – if you’re shipping to a destination with the expectation of a pre-December 25th arrival, time is just about up! If you are consigning dangerous goods, the holiday doesn’t excuse us from ensuring compliance, so let’s all bear down through the rush and ship things in accordance with what we know is correct!... The post DG Digest: US Postal Service proposal to impose new packaging requirements for hazmat consigned by mail. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: United States Postal Service proposing to require the hazardous materials icon in lieu of the service icon.

Holiday time bustle continues! Many workplaces will see a little short-handedness amongst the staff as employees take seasonal vacation periods, so let’s all make sure that we help the folks that are working to do so safely, avoiding “short-cuts” that may appear to save time or make up for someone not being present, but in... The post DG Digest: United States Postal Service proposing to require the hazardous materials icon in lieu of the service icon. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA proposal would revise classification for some low-hazard fireworks and small arms cartridges

Can you believe it’s December already? Wow! The old year is almost gone as we move into the full swing of the holiday period. That often means lots of parties, extra driving and shopping, and lots of distractions. Let’s make sure that whether we are at work or play, home or the office, keep safety... The post DG Digest: PHMSA proposal would revise classification for some low-hazard fireworks and small arms cartridges appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

4 ways non-essential hazmat training can boost your career.

Regulations mandate that hazmat employees—i.e., people who directly handle or supervise shipments of Dangerous Goods—be trained to perform their specific functions. To comply with these regulations, you may already participate in training sessions, or be taking one or more online hazmat training courses. That training is mandatory. But what about hazmat training that isn’t mandatory?... The post 4 ways non-essential hazmat training can boost your career. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA Advisory Committee to meet Dec 12th & U.S. EPA proposes including concept of ‘environmental justice’ into regulatory analysis

Welcome back all! Hopefully, everyone had a chance to rest, recharge, and enjoy the just-concluded Thanksgiving holiday period. This edition of the DG Digest is a “two-weeker,” given that there was no publication last Monday, the 19th. As one may therefore guess, any number of things popped up over the last fourteen days, so let’s... The post DG Digest: OSHA Advisory Committee to meet Dec 12th & U.S. EPA proposes including concept of ‘environmental justice’ into Read more [...]

Why lithium battery shippers must examine insurance costs and coverage

Shipping lithium batteries or battery-powered devices is an ongoing challenge. From the everyday batteries that power laptops and games to the larger batteries that power eBikes to the massive ones that power electric vehicles, complying with evolving regulations takes expertise and dedication. But regulatory compliance isn’t the only challenge. What about insurance? In recent years,... The post Why lithium battery shippers must examine insurance costs and coverage appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announces virtual “Research & Technology Forum” that explores new ways of dealing with hazardous materials.

This edition of the DG Digest appears just as the nation wraps up the Veteran’s Day holiday. The Labelmaster family joins all Americans in saluting those who have served. Thank you! Here’s the regulatory news from the week just concluded: PHMSA The agency’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) will hold a public Research, Development... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announces virtual “Research & Technology Forum” that explores new ways of dealing with hazardous Read more [...]