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Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety

On August 4th, 2020, a massive explosion destroyed the port and devastated much of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, located on the Mediterranean Sea.  While only preliminary reports exist as of press time, indications are that the blast may have been the result of the detonation for causes yet to be determined of up to... The post Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA issues ICR on safety of last week’s ruling allowing LNG on railways

The nation enters August still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic; so far at least it shows little signs of abating in most of the country.  We can all help control this outbreak by following appropriate CDC guidelines, being mindful of our neighbors, and doing our best to help.  We can win this fight, but we... The post DG Digest: PHMSA issues ICR on safety of last week’s ruling allowing LNG on railways appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Results of the 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook: strengths, weaknesses and tremendous resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the global dangerous goods supply chain. Yet even as the industry has shown tremendous resilience, this crisis has shed light on weaknesses related to DG organizations’ ability to keep shipments safe and compliant, and the need for further investment in DG training, technology and infrastructure. The 5th annual DG... The post Results of the 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook: strengths, weaknesses and tremendous resilience appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA and FRA to allow LNG (UN 1972) on railways in enhanced tankers

As we approach the end of July, response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the nation’s attention and effort. Accelerating infection rates in many regions are causing renewed shutdowns at some employers. What we can do as an industry is to work to help keep our employees as safe as possible, and ensure that... The post DG Digest: PHMSA and FRA to allow LNG (UN 1972) on railways in enhanced tankers appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 2

Last week, we shared strategies from leading Dangerous Goods trainers for evaluating hazmat training programs to determine when they need updating. Here are some powerful tips for evolving your training program to match your current operation—and preparing it for future growth. If 2020 has proved anything, it’s that businesses must always be ready to adapt... The post How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 2 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada provides regulatory relief for heath care workers and ICAO offers guidance for “iPACKS” amid pandemic.

Mid-July is here and the U.S. continues to struggle against a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important for everyone to take all the actions they can to help protect themselves, their families, and their fellow employees as we all continue to work towards a resolution of this extraordinary circumstance. It was a moderately active week on... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada provides regulatory relief for heath care workers and ICAO offers guidance for “iPACKS” Read more [...]

How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 1

There are two reasons every organization that handles Dangerous Goods must conduct DG training: Regulations require that hazmat employees receive function-specific hazmat training. Training helps employees do their jobs better, which makes hazmat shipping safer and more efficient. Most businesses in the hazmat supply chain recognize that #2 is even more important than #1, and... The post How to evaluate and evolve your Dangerous Goods training program—part 1 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends relaxation of enforcement for COVID-19 specific rules

The new week brings with it renewed concerns over the pace of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The outbreak continues to accelerate at present, so it’s more important than ever for us to make sure that our workplaces follow all applicable guidelines to keep employees as safe as possible under the present circumstances.  The week also brought... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends relaxation of enforcement for COVID-19 specific rules appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Why Dangerous Goods technology alone can’t improve your performance

Think about the early 1900s, when engine-powered trucks started to replace horse-drawn wagons. Now that was a supply chain revolution! But buying a truck didn’t automatically vault a business into a new level of productivity. Operators had to train their teams on new skills such as truck driving and engine repair. They had to overhaul... The post Why Dangerous Goods technology alone can’t improve your performance appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: EU notifies of proposed amendments to the ADR

The week that ended with the Independence Day holiday finds the US continuing its battle with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Let’s all keep moving forward and doing our best to help mitigate the outbreak. The week was very quiet in a regulatory sense, perhaps typical of summer holiday periods. Our friends in the EU kept... The post DG Digest: EU notifies of proposed amendments to the ADR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA extends COVID-19 exceptions, EPA publishes final Methylene Chloride risk evaluation

As we wrap up June, the nation is unfortunately experiencing a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in many states. It’s important to be mindful of the necessary precautions to help keep your workplace as safe as possible for your level of operations. It’s also important to stay safe at home and while in your community.... The post DG Digest: PHMSA extends COVID-19 exceptions, EPA publishes final Methylene Chloride risk evaluation appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Three ways we can help hazmat operations handle change and uncertainty

Raise your hand if you love change and uncertainty! Yeah, that’s what we thought. Unfortunately, the first half of 2020 has brought about more change and uncertainty than any organization in the Dangerous Goods supply chain ever wants to deal with. It can be overwhelming. Are you facing challenges you never imagined a few weeks... The post Three ways we can help hazmat operations handle change and uncertainty appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest Special Notice: PHMSA extends emergency exemptions for hand sanitizer shipping and recertification training

In breaking news, today PHMSA published deadline extensions to its currently in force emergency exemptions allowing for both non-standard domestic ground shipment of some alcohol based hand sanitizers as well as a continuation of the extension of training recertification requirements under the 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2) past their normal expiration dates.  The extensions will now run... The post DG Digest Special Notice: PHMSA extends emergency exemptions for hand sanitizer shipping and recertification Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA renews ICR on safety of scissor lifts

The last full week of June and the official beginning of the summer season find regulatory activity at a quiet minimum. One big question as we begin to approach July: the status of PHMSA’s emergency exemptions surrounding both training re-certifications and the domestic ground shipment of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These exemptions have allowed for the non-standard treatment... The post DG Digest: OSHA renews ICR on safety of scissor lifts appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Our design critic picks his top 7 social distancing and sanitizing signs

It’s been a while since we heard from design critic Stewart D.O. North, but he recently reached out to share his opinions on our new line of social distancing and hand sanitizing safety signs. North, of course, is no ordinary critic. He’s also a hazmat aficionado who’s written detailed critiques of hazmat labels and floor... The post Our design critic picks his top 7 social distancing and sanitizing signs appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA announces development of U.S. policy on safety devices in transport

Mid-June finds the nation enduring another week forward in our “summer like no other.”  As areas reopen from pandemic related lockdowns, be sure to be safe yourself, follow health guidelines and do all you can to help your fellow employees be safe too.  Concurrently be aware of civil actions that may encompass the location of... The post DG Digest: PHMSA announces development of U.S. policy on safety devices in transport appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

New hazmat shippers: This webinar is your ideal introduction to DG.

When you’re a shipper who is new to Dangerous Goods, where do you start? That’s a question Mario Sagastume deals with all the time—and it’s also a regular issue for the folks at ProShip, a global provider of automated multi-carrier shipping software. We recently spoke with ProShip Senior Sales Engineer Clint Boaz and Strategic Marketing... The post New hazmat shippers: This webinar is your ideal introduction to DG. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA publishes revised Hazardous Materials Route Registry

The week just ended found us all seemingly stuck on “repeat,” which has become an enduring facet of one of the most difficult years the United States has faced in the modern era.  Efforts to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with our nation’s civil crisis continued.  In the meantime, regulatory action continues, although... The post DG Digest: FMCSA publishes revised Hazardous Materials Route Registry appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook will explore hazmat pros’ new challenges.

The last few months have demonstrated that we have an extraordinarily robust and resilient supply chain. Despite the greatest global disruption in generations, most consumer goods are still available and most industries have been able to maintain production. Dangerous Goods organizations and their workers have more than done their part to keep the global supply... The post The 5th Annual DG Confidence Outlook will explore hazmat pros’ new challenges. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FMCSA revised HOS rules and OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International sessions on GHS

The nation completed another very difficult of week coping with the coronavirus pandemic as well as emerging civic strife engendered by very unfortunate current events. Here’s hoping that along with health, that peace and justice make a quick return for all the people of our nation.  There were several items of interest in the regulatory world,... The post DG Digest: FMCSA revised HOS rules and OSHA to hold virtual public meetings in advance of International sessions on GHS appeared Read more [...]

Labelmaster hazmat packaging innovations banish “Paint Can Hell,” make shipping bigger lithium batteries easier.

Who thought it was a good idea to ship volatile hazmat items in paint cans? Certainly no one who’s ever painted their living room. First you need a screwdriver or a special “key” to pry the lid off the can, and it takes so much effort you end up sloshing some out onto the floor.... The post Labelmaster hazmat packaging innovations banish “Paint Can Hell,” make shipping bigger lithium batteries easier. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA withdraws proposed vapor limits for unrefined petroleum and class 3 materials on the nation’s railways

The nation paused over the weekend just concluded to honor its fallen military veterans and also, this year, to mark the unimaginable toll taken of our fellow citizens by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Surely it was a Memorial Day unlike any of us now living has experienced.  The Labelmaster family joins our country in honoring those... The post DG Digest: PHMSA withdraws proposed vapor limits for unrefined petroleum and class 3 materials on the nation’s railways appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Want to show supply chain workers real gratitude? Make hazmat compliance more important.

For workers in the Dangerous Goods supply chain, the first quarter of 2020 was extraordinary—for two reasons. The first reason? That’s obvious. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered seismic shifts in what we ship, how much we ship and how we ship it, and the global supply chain met the challenge. Despite a steep drop in overall... The post Want to show supply chain workers real gratitude? Make hazmat compliance more important. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: FAA issues further guidance to carriers and crews; PHMSA in battles with two states over jurisdictional authority

In what we may all welcome as a hopeful sign of progress, mid-May finds, for the first time in several weeks, a relatively quiet regulatory world, with only a few actions in the news.  Given the heavy load of notices that have characterized the blog in the last six weeks or so, perhaps we’re all... The post DG Digest: FAA issues further guidance to carriers and crews; PHMSA in battles with two states over jurisdictional authority appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

This crisis highlights the importance of our extraordinary supply chain

No matter how well you appreciated the value of a well-functioning supply chain a few months ago, you probably have a far greater appreciation now. Two months after most of the world’s largest economies started slowing down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most consumer goods are still available. (Well, except maybe for hand sanitizer.)... The post This crisis highlights the importance of our extraordinary supply chain appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: ICAO publishes COVID-19 safety handbook for the aviation industry and PHMSA issues HM-215O final rule

May continues under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, in what we may all perhaps hope represents a step towards recovery, the big news this week is far more focused towards what we all might call “normal” regulatory activity, rather than the specific, focused actions related to the outbreak which have had primacy over... The post DG Digest: ICAO publishes COVID-19 safety handbook for the aviation industry and PHMSA issues HM-215O final rule appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG industry data: PHMSA’s incident report highlights greatest supply chain safety risks in Q1

Hazmat incidents may be more common than you realize. Despite the great work by Hazmat/DG Professionals — those making sure that compliance to transport regulations are strictly followed for each shipment — incidents of all manor happen regularly. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) gathers all U.S. DG/Hazmat incident... The post DG industry data: PHMSA’s incident report highlights greatest supply chain safety Read more [...]

Our new HazMatters Podcast: Great Dangerous Goods advice, no reading glasses required.

One of the true pleasures of the Dangerous Goods Symposium is hearing experienced hazmat professionals explain complicated issues so clearly everyone can understand them. New shippers in the audience have often been heard to say, “Okay, now I get it. Now I know how to make this happen in my operation.” Now you can have... The post Our new HazMatters Podcast: Great Dangerous Goods advice, no reading glasses required. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Shipping hazmat from a home office? Here’s how to make it work.

Admit it: You used to take hallway conversations for granted. As a supply chain professional, how many times have you had a question about something and just walked down the hall and gotten an answer within minutes? These days, getting that same answer might require a chat, an email or a dreaded video call that... The post Shipping hazmat from a home office? Here’s how to make it work. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: USPS releases major revisions to Pub 52 in support of rapid transport of COVID-19 samples

The beginning of the first week in May finds the nation collectively grateful to say goodbye to a COVID-19 dominated April that must certainly rank as one of the worst and certainly tragic such months in living memory. As May begins, various locations around the nation are starting to grapple with how to begin to pick... The post DG Digest: USPS releases major revisions to Pub 52 in support of rapid transport of COVID-19 samples appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 27th 2020

Week of April 27th, 2020 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance Technology helps organizations create flexible and agile operations that supports growth and enables them to adapt when disruptions arise. That’s why it’s important for companies to be forward-thinking in their technology investment. To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 27th 2020 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA eases enforcement of pandemic-related transport, and FMCSA offers hours-of-service relief for those transporting needed supplies

The week just concluded retained COVID-19 related regulatory activity as its primary focus as the nation began, at least in a few geographic areas, to show slight signs of improvement with decreases in the rate of rise of transmission being tentatively reported.  However, all of us have a long way to go together to get... The post DG Digest: PHMSA eases enforcement of pandemic-related transport, and FMCSA offers hours-of-service relief for those transporting needed supplies appeared first on Read more [...]

Webinar: Keeping hazmat air shipments compliant during a pandemic

In urgent times like these, air cargo is more essential than ever to the global supply chain.

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DG Digest: HHS updates requirements for new class of respirators, PHMSA provides guidance for handling shipping papers

The week just concluded finds the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to dominate regulatory activity, though there is a strong leavening of other news.  Meanwhile, all of us continue to work towards moving the nation into a recovery phase, whenever that may become safe.  For now, stay the course!  Continue social distancing, wash those hands, protect your... The post DG Digest: HHS updates requirements for new class of respirators, PHMSA provides guidance for handling shipping papers appeared Read more [...]

PHMSA Issues Hazmat Shipping Paper Guidance During COVID-19 Social Distancing

On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a guidance document addressing the transfer of hazardous material shipping papers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. PHMSA has received many questions related to the transfer of shipping papers between shippers and carriers, and the difficulties with maintaining... The post PHMSA Issues Hazmat Shipping Paper Guidance During COVID-19 Social Distancing appeared first Read more [...]

Supply chain heroes of the pandemic: Two stories we have to share

If we were to write about all the supply chain heroes of the COVID-19 crisis, this post would be hundreds of pages long. The people who keep our stores full of food, our plants supplied with parts and our hospitals stocked with critical supplies? They can’t shelter at home—and we can’t function without them. (Let’s... The post Supply chain heroes of the pandemic: Two stories we have to share appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA releases interpretive guide and USPS issues special exemption for hand sanitizer transport

The holiday weekend just concluded finds the nation still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic as the overriding priority in virtually every aspect of our daily lives. This applies to the logistics sector as well, with several new items of interest related to the subject. Life does go on in the meantime too of course, and this is... The post DG Digest: PHMSA releases interpretive guide and USPS issues special exemption for hand sanitizer transport appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies.

STAY SAFE, STAY SANE AND STAY COMPLIANT! Whether you’re shipping hazmat for the first time or it’s been part of your operation for years, Labelmaster has the resources you need to keep your operation efficient and compliant. Questions? Get the answers you need from the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline. Make sure your shipments are safe and... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to dominate regulatory activity.  Several new actions dealing with it were promulgated during the last week and we’ll cover them below.  Labelmaster continues to serve the DG logistics chain during this time when it’s become even more important.  We’re working safe and doing everything we can to be a positive... The post DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response

Geoff Leach is a consulting partner and was the former Head of the UK CAA Dangerous Goods Office and Chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.  After 32 years at the CAA, in 2014, he set up The Dangerous Goods Office Limited offering training and consultancy around the world. By Geoff Leach One of the... The post The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]