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Last chance to take the 2019 Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook survey!

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The last day for responses is Friday, May 31. Usually, when you see a “last chance” email or blog headline, it’s to entice you into some sort of offer you’ll regret missing. Maybe it’s a... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks nominees for first ever lithium battery committee

We begin the final month of the spring with a fairly busy week.  Before too long the summer vacation and holiday season will begin; it’s easy for some employees to become a little preoccupied.  Let’s make sure we all keep focused on the safety of our workplace!  It’s been a busy week in the regulatory

A top 3PL offers e-commerce tips on shipping lithium batteries by USPS

Many Labelmaster customers are more than just customers—they’re our true partners in making the Dangerous Goods supply chain safer and more efficient. One recent example is our new page on shipping lithium batteries via the U.S. Postal Service, which we developed following a suggestion from our longtime friends at third-party logistics provider GEODIS, Erin Gaul... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA to hold public meeting on 2020 ERG

Sunday was Mothers’ Day; here’s hoping all the Moms out there got the “royal treatment.”  Thank you for all you do!  The week was a little busy in the regulatory sense; here’s all the latest: FAA The agency published a proposed new ICR that will affect the manufacturers of small unmanned aircraft (drones) and that

Shipping lithium batteries by mail: 3 things you must know

If you’re in the hazmat business, you’re no stranger to Publication 52 from the United States Postal Service. Affectionately referred to as “Pub 52,” this public document (a.k.a. “Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail“) outlines the do’s and don’ts for the safe transport of Dangerous Goods via the U.S. mail. One of the thorniest topics in... Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA announces 2019 funding for underserved workplace programs

Spring is well underway now; many businesses will be attending to outdoor maintenance and grounds upkeep that may have been off the schedule in the winter months.  It’s easy to get hurt on roofs or with power tools; be sure your team remembers and abides by the rules for engaging in those tasks to everyone

Can one compliance gap ruin your bottom line? Ask the Night King.

We all know Game of Thrones, the hit series currently in its final season on HBO, is really about hazmat transport. Fittingly, Sunday night’s episode 3 supplied a metaphor that every supply chain organization should take to heart. Spoiler alert: If you aren’t current on Game of Thrones, skip the next two paragraphs! The episode

DG Digest: EPA proposes to amend TSCA reporting for small manufacturers

The last two weeks of April featured improving weather across the United States, and then a late season snow storm hit east of the Mississippi!  Make sure your workplace’s cold weather and snow removal plans are still effective and protect those employees.  Regulatory action was varied across the time period, with EPA action in reference

How is hazmat shipping like your favorite sport (and how do you win)?

It’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. The NBA and NHL playoffs (WOW! What a first round…) are at full throttle, Major League Baseball is back and the NFL draft is right around the corner. The athletes who play those sports are the best in the world at what they do.

Client ID Database has DG Stakeholders North of the Border Facing a New Registration Requirement

Formal consultation (the equivalent in Canada to the familiar US “Comment period” for proposed rulemakings) has ended in Canada on a new proposal which, according to Transport Canada, will require stakeholders who will: import, offer for transport, handle or transports dangerous goods in Canada To register with Transport Canada under the identification database requirement.  The... Read more [...]

Add your voice to the 4th annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The revealed results of the annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook have become a tradition at the Dangerous Goods Symposium. A few insights usually take the crowd by surprise, and you hear reactions like: I’ve always... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues Emergency Waiver No. 13 for areas affected by severe flooding

Mid-April snow snarled much of the nation over the weekend, but it’s also now the culmination of tax season. Transport regulations may not be topping everyone’s list of things to think about this week; however, plenty of action took place all the same. Here’s the latest: PHMSA The agency published Emergency Waiver No. 13.  This waiver... Read more [...]

The hazmat pro’s guide to Game of Thrones, Season 8

At last, the moment for which hazmat pros have waited untold winters! The final season of Game of Thrones starts Sunday. Everyone in the Dangerous Goods galaxy knows Game of Thrones is really about hazmat transport. For all its swordplay, palace intrigue and dragons, the show addresses the same issues hazmat pros deal with every

DG Digest: EPA eliminating requirement for mercury-based sensing devices for ignitability tests

The first week of April has ended—is your site experiencing “April showers that bring May flowers?”  If so, make sure that your storm drains and other runoff devices aren’t clogged and that any regulated discharge doesn’t get into those storm drains.  That tends to be a serious non-compliance issue for local municipal authorities who have... Read more [...]

Obexion’s “Excellence in Transit Packaging” award: our acceptance speech

Creating resources for safe and compliant Dangerous Goods transport isn’t generally considered a creative business. Unlike practitioners of film, music, television and literature, we don’t dream about winning awards. And yet, we have. Last week, at Industrial Pack 2019, our Obexion lithium battery packaging won the Industrial Packaging Award for Excellence in Transit Packaging. There... Read more [...]

DG Digest: U.S. DOT Seeks Stakeholder Input On Service Improvements

It’s April 1st, no fooling!  The last week of March found regulatory activity fairly slow, with the biggest news being PHMSA’s announcement of its meeting schedule for pre-conferences to discuss upcoming international modal regulation meetings.  See all the latest below: PHMSA The agency announced four meetings that will prepare the US delegations to the major... Read more [...]

New survey will get pilots’ thoughts on Dangerous Goods training

We’ve written plenty about the importance of training for people who prepare Dangerous Goods shipments for air transport. But what about the people who actually fly the planes? James Wyatt, Senior Vice President Aviation Solutions at Avialytics GmbH, believes the training needs of pilots and flight crews aren’t adequately addressed by currently available resources. And... Read more [...]

DG Digest: EPA opens comment period on chemicals prioritization

As spring formally kicked off, it was a quiet week for regulatory activity.  One item of note; after a lengthy genesis, the EPA is moving on the “designation “ phase for high and low priority substances under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA.  See below for details, as well as the rest of

DG Digest: USPS to require triple packaging for most liquids

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday found regulatory activity at moderate pace.  Perhaps the biggest news?  The US Post Office released its long awaited updated to the rules for shipping liquids in the mail.  See that, and all the latest news, right here: PHMSA The agency published three sets of special permit actions.  As is typically... Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 18, 2019

Week of March 18, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance New technologies have a ripple effect across the supply chain, especially when these technologies are classified as “dangerous.” To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business and the movement of dangerous goods throughout the supply chain, Labelmaster has launched “Supply... Read more [...]

Industrial Pack 2019: More networking, more experts, more hazmat

Ever see kids have more fun with the box than the toy that came inside it? That’s us. To most people, a shipping package is just a container, something to open so they can use whatever’s inside. But to Dangerous Goods pros, a package is a critical compliance tool. We respect the science, engineering and

DG Digest: PHMSA harmonizes with ICAO on lithium battery transport

The second full week in March finds PHMSA having published its lithium battery by air revisions, and, just to make things interesting, the agency threw in a twist.  See the details below.  Meanwhile, Spring Break season is here.  Make sure your employees don’t get distracted from their need to be safe—a looming vacation can often

DOT PHMSA Lithium Battery Interim Final Rule (IFR) Effective Immediately

The long-awaited DOT PHMSA Interim Final Rule (IFR) enhancing the safety provisions for lithium batteries transported by aircraft appeared in the Federal Register this week on March 6th. This IFR generally harmonizes the 49 CFR with the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (regulations effective in the ICAO TI

Hazmat pros—with HM-215O coming, how do you spell “harmonization?”

Last week we shared transatlantic viewpoints on confidence in Dangerous Goods compliance. This week, our experts talk about harmonization between Europe and North America. The supply chain is more global than it’s ever been. Yet Dangerous Goods regulations still vary from country to country. The differences in hazmat regulations between Europe and North America are—thankfully—nowhere... Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA releases draft rule: lithium battery harmonization may be upon us

PHMSA The agency, in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration and pursuant to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, issued a final rule to revise and clarify requirements for comprehensive oil spill response plans (COSRPs) and to expand their applicability based on petroleum oil thresholds that apply to an entire train... Read more [...]

Why are American hazmat pros less confident? Two experts weigh in.

Remember, back when you were in school, the feeling of walking out of a final exam knowing you absolutely nailed it? That’s how we want Dangerous Goods pros to feel about their operations every day—like they got every last detail right, and that all their outcomes will be positive. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. Year

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks renewal of ICRs for transport of radioactive materials in commerce

The last weekend of February finds the nation still coping with heavy winter weather.  Perhaps March will see things get better, but don’t let up on your efforts to keep employees safe from snow and ice, and keep hoping for an early spring!  Meanwhile, regulatory activity was somewhat lighter this week.  Here’s the latest: PHMSA... Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of February 18, 2019

Week of February 18, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance Technology innovation continues to change how we do business. For companies that handle dangerous goods, technology adoption and integration is critical in order to effectively and efficiently comply with complex regulations and maintain a smooth, safe and secure supply chain. To help companies

DG Digest: OSHA issues guidance aiming to protect workers from lithium batteries worn as personal equipment

Mid-February finds a variety of action taking place on the regulatory front as everyone waits for winter to run its course.  With the shutdown now receding, agencies have ramped back up to normal operations, and are busy with their schedules.  Here’s all the latest: FAA The agency published the renewal of an ICR affecting Part... Read more [...]

The Labelmaster guide to Valentine’s Day hazmat shipping

Today is the day when people all over the world celebrate love. This celebration is often manifested by the sending of cherished missives and objects from lover to lover. While the standard Valentine’s card or box of chocolates requires no special measures, it’s important to realize that many romantic notions have Dangerous Goods implications. We

Supply Chain Moves: Week of February 11, 2019

Week of February 11, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance Technology innovation is a key driver in taking the supply chain forward and changing how you do business. Best-in-class companies that handle Dangerous Goods (DG) understand that technology adoption and integration is critical to effectively and efficiently complying with complex, constantly changing regulations... Read more [...]

DG Digest: FRA publishes emergency relief docket and DOT reviewing need for some external guidance documents

The last two weeks found federal agencies slowly returning to their normal schedules following the recent shutdown.  The result?  A much busier DG Digest!  Meanwhile, much of the country is experiencing the grip of the depth of winter.  Is your workplace safe for employees?  Remember to keep your walkways clear and dry, watch inside flooring... Read more [...]

Total value of compliance, Part 3: Creating new revenue from DG compliance

Managing a Dangerous Goods shipping operation is a lot like running a farm. It may seem like all you do is spend money, while the potential profits are hard to imagine—and a long way off. But if a farmer makes every decision with that long term in mind, the operation is much more likely to

Total value of compliance, Part 2: What do compliance gaps actually cost you?

Every hazmat pro knows a Dangerous Goods shipment that doesn’t comply with current regulations could end up costing their company money. In fact, 28% of hazmat pros surveyed in our 2018 Global Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook said their companies comply with regulations only because the regulations mandate it. In other words, all they want to

DG Digest: OSHA rescinds rule for some employers to efile injury and illness rates

After a hiatus tied to the government shutdown, the DG Digest returns along with the reopening Monday morning of the federal agencies we cover.  What will the now-ended shutdown’s impact be?  It’s difficult to say for certain.  The biggest item on PHMSA’s agenda is the HM-215O international harmonization NPRM; comments on that are scheduled to... Read more [...]

Total value of compliance, Part 1: Assessing your hazmat processes and procurement

Trick question: Do you spend too much on Dangerous Goods compliance? Most hazmat professionals would probably answer “yes.” Whenever we have to spend money on something that doesn’t show an immediate benefit, it always feels like we’re spending too much. And there’s no getting around it—Dangerous Goods compliance requires a financial outlay. But the real... Read more [...]

How a free Total Value of Compliance Assessment can make your hazmat operation more profitable

Late last year, we introduced a new concept to the Dangerous Goods galaxy: total value of compliance. It’s a new way of thinking about supply chain operations that views hazmat compliance as not just a cost of doing business, but also as a value-added component that contributes to profitability. Maybe you read that post, and

DOT Departments Limit Services During Continued Government Shutdown

Have you been curious how the partial Government shutdown has affected the Department of Transportation (DOT) offices? DOT recently issued a plan document outlining how each office is operating during the current funding freeze. It includes a summary of personnel affected (working vs. furloughed), as well as summaries of continuing operations and suspended activities. Hazardous... Read more [...]

Hazmat hopes 2019: Top Dangerous Goods professionals share their wishes

Work in Dangerous Goods long enough, and you may find yourself wishing things were different. Couldn’t that new IATA regulation be worded more clearly? Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to explain Limited Quantities to your customer—for the third time? And how exactly does a 2mm-thick label border make a hazmat shipment safer?