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DG Digest: IATA publishes list of changes to the 64th Edition of the DGR

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DG Digest: With federal mediation efforts underway, Class 1 Norfolk Southern (and other operators) face looming strike

Here we go, rolling into the last full official week of summer. Despite the advance of the calendar, however, much of the country, especially in the West, is still coping with high temperatures and fire danger. Be sure your workplace continues to monitor conditions and has the needed protocols in place to keep employees working... The post DG Digest: With federal mediation efforts underway, Class 1 Norfolk Southern (and other operators) face looming strike appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA invites stakeholder and public comments on their Process Safety Management (PSM) standard later this month

The Labor Day holiday is over and with it the comes the traditional end of summer. Hopefully, everyone had a safe and happy season. The coming week sees children return to school across much of the country, so be on the lookout for lots of extra traffic and excited kids that may not always be paying... The post DG Digest: OSHA invites stakeholder and public comments on their Process Safety Management (PSM) standard later this month appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of September 5th, 2022

  Week of September 5th, 2022 Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance Even as organizations struggle to address current supply chain challenges, many are looking ahead at the technologies and strategies they need to implement now to be successful in the future.   Let’s examine some recent industry news. SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS Future-Proof Your... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of September 5th, 2022 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Full Dangerous Goods automation: How to integrate your ERP, WMS or TMS with DGIS

If your weekly grocery shopping includes both meats and produce, life’s a lot easier if you can buy them at the same store. If your exercise regimen includes both weight work and swimming, life’s a lot easier if your health club includes a weight room and a pool. And if your operation ships both non-regulated... The post Full Dangerous Goods automation: How to integrate your ERP, WMS or TMS with DGIS appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announced regulatory enforcement discretion for medical waste generated from patients with monkeypox.

The last full week of August is over! Wow. Here comes the new school year—most schools will be back in session in the next week or two.  Watch out for those school buses that will soon be on the move in the morning and late afternoon, and the many places where increased foot and car traffic... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announced regulatory enforcement discretion for medical waste generated from patients with monkeypox. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Bundle up! We have the multi-modal online hazmat training courses you need.

As most Dangerous Goods professionals know, hazmat employees are required to receive not only general awareness training on the requirements for hazmat shipping, but also function-specific training related to their particular roles. For operations that ship hazmat via ground, sea and air, this requirement often means employees have to take a training course for each... The post Bundle up! We have the multi-modal online hazmat training courses you need. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA publishes 49 CFR correction, FMCSA releases draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook, and OSHA extends comment period on lead exposures

Summer continues its ebb as we enter the last full week of August.  Many colleges and universities are going back into session or have students reporting back this week, so if you live in a “college town,” be sure you keep an eye open for the increased activity and traffic that comes with it. Here’s... The post DG Digest: PHMSA publishes 49 CFR correction, FMCSA releases draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook, and OSHA extends comment period on lead exposures appeared first Read more [...]

Stop cursing your paint can hazmat containers. Meet Capsuloc™.

Ask any Dangerous Goods pro about “paint can” secondary containers, and the response may require a parental warning for language. You’ll hear about lids that won’t stay closed, or that can’t be pried open. You’ll hear about leaks in transit, smashed fingers from errant mallets, and ring locks that won’t come off without a power... The post Stop cursing your paint can hazmat containers. Meet Capsuloc™. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: As the EPA charts its progress towards ‘100% electronic manifests,’ the advisory board will meet virtually this fall

Mid-August already—where does summer go? Nevertheless, we still have several weeks of hot weather and staffing absences to deal with as vacations continue and some of summer’s hottest weather still is on the calendar.  Let’s keep those safety plans rolling and make sure our employees finish the summer in proper form. It wasn’t a super busy... The post DG Digest: As the EPA charts its progress towards ‘100% electronic manifests,’ the advisory board will Read more [...]

Why every auto-related business needs a large format lithium battery plan

Electric vehicles are here to stay. This is not breaking news. In 2021, global sales of electric cars doubled to a new record of 6.6 million—close to 10 percent of all new cars sold. In the U.S., electric vehicle registrations shot up 60 percent in the first quarter of 2022, and EVs now make up... The post Why every auto-related business needs a large format lithium battery plan appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA releases HM-215P final rule, with changes to lithium battery exceptions — and much more.

Welcome to August!  Summer continues to roll on by. Every year, it seems to go a bit faster, too! August is often the month that sees businesses have the largest number of employees off on vacation. Because of this, short staffing can sometimes be an issue and the employees that are still busy working can... The post DG Digest: PHMSA releases HM-215P final rule, with changes to lithium battery exceptions — and much more. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Raise your confidence—and your performance—with Dangerous Goods automation

Every year, our Global Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook surveys supply chain professionals from around the world and shares the results. It’s an important resource for any organization in the hazmat supply chain. Why do supply chain leaders care so much about confidence? Two reasons: Confident compliance is essential for running a safe, efficient, profitable Dangerous... The post Raise your confidence—and your performance—with Dangerous Goods automation appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Why online hazmat training is essential for new supply chain workers

We all know that training is mandated by law for any workers involved in the transport of Dangerous Goods. But what about supply chain workers who aren’t involved in hazmat transport? Should they undergo training as well? For many forward-thinking supply chain organizations, the answer is yes. Now, you might well ask, “Why would we... The post Why online hazmat training is essential for new supply chain workers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA published ICR for the transport of radioactive materials in commerce

Here we are at mid-July already! Where does the summer go? Hopefully, your workplace is operating its warm weather safety plan effectively. Remember that heat stress and heat stroke can represent serious safety concerns at this time of year, especially for workers outdoors or in spaces that lack air conditioning. Make sure your workplace addresses... The post DG Digest: PHMSA published ICR for the transport of radioactive materials in commerce appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Large format lithium battery transport partners: Who you need and what to look for 

Dangerous Goods is a team sport. Whether you handle one hazmat shipment a week or several thousand a day, you likely rely on partners to help you stay compliant with optimal efficiency.  Your need for partners is especially acute when your business involves large format lithium batteries—and the bigger the battery, the more help you’ll... The post Large format lithium battery transport partners: Who you need and what to look for  appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA requests comments on potential move to electronic shipping papers

Welcome back to the DG Digest after a brief summer hiatus! The last few weeks have been eventful, with perhaps the biggest news item being one of general interest: the Supreme Court decision in the matter of “West Virginia vs. USEPA.” This ruling, the subject of which was a Clean Air Act regulation not specifically... The post DG Digest: PHMSA requests comments on potential move to electronic shipping papers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How Dangerous Goods automation helps deliver record revenue and profits

No matter what business you’re in, there are two basic ways to grow profits—reducing costs and increasing revenues. In Dangerous Goods transport, a lot of the focus tends to be on reducing costs. And that’s a good place to focus, since there are often inefficiencies and hidden costs which can be identified and smoothed over.... The post How Dangerous Goods automation helps deliver record revenue and profits appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

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 [...]