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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 [...]

DG Digest: EPA announces public meeting on implementation of the TSCA New Chemicals program

The nation enters the Thanksgiving holiday period this week with regulatory activity remaining relatively minor. The Labelmaster family wishes you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! Here’s the latest news: EPA On December 10, 2019, EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) will hold a public meeting to engage with interested... Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: How well do you know today’s Dangerous Goods industry?

MAKE COMPLIANCE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE Competitively Compliant companies use superior compliance processes to grow revenues and improve profitability. Want to know where you stand? Take the free Total Value of Compliance assessment. 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... Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA to meet on policies to help improve worker safety in December

Mid-November found regulatory activity at minimal levels.  Meanwhile, as the nation begins its transition into the holiday season, be sure that safety remains an important part of your employee population’s schedule.  Here’s the latest news: OSHA The agency announced a meeting of its National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, which, as its name... Read more [...]

Meet Jay Johnson: an enthusiastic proponent of hazmat compliance

The next time anyone suggests to you that Dangerous Goods regulations are dry and boring, introduce them to Jay Johnson, our new Senior Manager at Labelmaster Services. “I am really passionate about Dangerous Goods. I’ve been a shipper, a courier, a trainer and a UN specification packaging developer —I’ve worn all the hats,” he says.

DG Digest: DOT appoints members to first Lithium Battery Advisory Committee

It’s November 11th; today the nation pauses to remember and express its gratitude to our military veterans, so many of whom have given so much for all of us.  The Labelmaster family joins the rest of our country in saying, “Thank you, veterans!” Unexpectedly severe cold and snow also grips the nation as this issue

CHEMTREC Hazmat Summit: Safety all the way to the end of the supply chain

Last week, three Labelmaster team members attended the first-ever CHEMTREC® International Hazmat Summit in Houston—a “one-of-a-kind forum for all interested parties involved in the safe transportation, handling, and use of hazardous materials, including shippers, carriers, and emergency and spill clean-up responders.” We partner with CHEMTREC as their exclusive supplier for hazmat shipping labels, markings and... Read more [...]

DG Digest: Inflationary pressures force U.S. DOT to adjust civil penalties for some agencies

As October becomes November, snow and cold begin to be more of a factor across much of the nation.  If your company is located in a zone where this is an issue, be sure you have your winter safety plans up to date.  Snowplow contractors can get busy, so be sure you have yours lined

Shipping hazmat to (or from) China? Here are 5 things you must know

One of the most fascinating presentations at the latest Dangerous Goods Symposium was from Terry Guo, CDGP, DGSA, Regulatory Specialist and China Representative with IHMM. His presentation on “Hazardous Materials Transport Requirements in China” was an excellent primer on a very complex subject. You can download his full presentation here, but we also spoke with... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA to permit LNG/Methane transport in DOT-1113 rail tank cars

It’s the last week of October and everyone knows what that means: the Halloween holiday.  Remind your employees to be extra careful when traveling home from work on Thursday as our nation’s streets fill with excited children, many of whom may also be wearing costumes that restrict their peripheral vision.  Employees too may be less

Labelmaster remembers Abe Samuels

The entire Dangerous Goods community lost a dear friend last week when former Labelmaster National Sales Manager Abe Samuels passed away at age 98. “Abe touched everyone who met him in a remarkable way. From the devotion he had to his family, to the collegial relationships to which he dedicated himself — and the industry

Hazmat Quizmaster: How well do you know the Western U.S. states?

Call 800.621.5808 or visit labelmaster.com/ship-west to learn more about our great prices and lower shipping charges for shipping out West. 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 and Dangerous Goods professionals, shippers, transport operators and EH&S... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA special permits announced and U.N. GHS 8th Revision now available for download

Mid-October finds the regulatory scene continuing to be fairly active as the season advances.  The leaves are falling; be sure to keep your workplace’s sidewalks and other walkways clear to avoid leaves hiding cracks, bumps, or other imperfections that could pose a trip hazard for employees and visitors.  Here’s all the latest news: PHMSA The... Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA updates dangerous goods acceptance checklists for the upcoming 61st DGR

The first week of October found regulatory activity rising quickly from its now-passed summer doldrums, with a variety of new actions.  The FMCSA was quite busy in the US, while the issuance of the 21st Edition of the UNMR gives industry professionals a new model to consider.  See all the action right here: IATA The

Labelmaster answers battery recyclers’ questions at E-Scrap 2019

What happens to your laptop once you shut it down for the last time? That’s a central question at the E-Scrap conference and Trade Show, the biggest event of the year for the electronics recycling industry. E-Scrap attendees and their companies are the folks who strip your old laptop of its reusable parts and raw

DG Digest: PHMSA rejects Oregon hazardous waste petition

Fall began with a roar across the country as heavy weather rolled in—a good reminder to have your workplace ready to cope.  In regulatory news, the FMCSA takes the lead this week with a large technical update to its core regulations.  Here’s all the latest: FMCSA The agency published an amendment making technical corrections throughout

How “extreme” labels and placards are becoming real-world solutions

Because Mother Nature has no respect for your Dangerous Goods compliance record, we introduced hazmat labels, placards and marks for extreme conditions a few months ago…

DG Digest: PHMSA releases special permits and OHMS will hold a round table on safety and innovation

As we begin the fall season, now’s the time to review your workplace’s plan to cope with its weather.  Be sure to keep drains and gutters clear of leaves so leaks and puddles don’t add to safety risks.  It’s getting dark sooner—make sure your employee team focuses on safe driving and being aware pedestrians.  The... Read more [...]

A 6-step recipe for successful lithium battery reverse logistics

Among the many complications of our new e-commerce world, reverse logistics may be the most headache-inducing. In a recent Reverse Logistics article, I wrote that, “products bought at brick-and-mortar stores are returned around 9% of the time, while the return rate for online purchases is nearly three time higher.” Most of those millions of returns

Dangerous Goods Report | Vol. 11

Summary: Volume 11 of the Dangerous Goods Report focuses on how today’s “I want it now” e-commerce consumer has forced every supply chain organization to rethink and re-engineer how they do business. How do Dangerous Goods professionals ensure compliance in the new decentralized, omnichannel e-commerce environment? Hazmat transport in today’s “get it tomorrow” world. How top... Read more [...]

Postal rates may increase if U.S. departs Universal Postal Union

Although it does not have the current traction in the news that many other topics do, a technical arrangement that governs the US Postal Service’s relations to other international postal bodies may leave US-based shippers facing higher fees.  A meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 25-26th is more or less the last chance for the

DG Digest: IATA releases changes to the 61st edition of the DGR

Mid-September finds the regulatory world getting ready for a busy fall season, with annual revisions to the various modal regulations expected, the HM-215O 49 CFR harmonization still pending finalization, and a host of other potential actions that may or may not occur before the end of the year.  Be sure and “stay tuned” to this

DG Symposium Day 3: learning from Lithium Battery Friday

You know you’re in a conference full of Dangerous Goods pros when a panelist says, “Hey, how about that electric violin at Labelmaster Fest last night? What do you suppose the watt-hour rating on those rechargeable batteries is?” Yes, it was Lithium Battery Friday at the Dangerous Goods Symposium—a annual tradition where a panel of