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DG Digest: DOT to perform ‘Regulatory Review’ in light of recent Executive Orders

The second week of May is here, and the Spring storm season is in full swing—a annual risk we all need to recall even as we continue to cope with the pandemic.  If your facility is located within the broad swath of the country facing possible exposure to severe weather, be sure your emergency plans... The post DG Digest: DOT to perform ‘Regulatory Review’ in light of recent Executive Orders appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

8 hazmat experts share their Dangerous Goods origin stories

We’ve never yet met anyone who dreamed of being a Dangerous Goods expert when they were a kid. No one enters the work force with a DGSA in their sights. And yet, they’re out there, thousands strong. How did they discover Dangerous Goods, and how did they acquire their expertise? Were they groomed for subject... The post 8 hazmat experts share their Dangerous Goods origin stories appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Agencies Adjust Civil Penalties; DHS Delays REAL ID Enforcement Until May 2023

Happy May greetings!  Hopefully this new month will bring not only the traditional “May Flowers” but also mark a turning point in our nation’s ongoing battle to control the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this point the whole country is eligible to be vaccinated, so as HSE professionals, let’s make sure we’re ready to help our fellow... The post DG Digest: Agencies Adjust Civil Penalties; DHS Delays REAL ID Enforcement Until May 2023 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

9 essential Dangerous Goods pointers for returning to your workplace

Like millions of organizations worldwide, we at Labelmaster are starting to return to our offices. While our warehouse and shipping teams have been working onsite since the earliest days of the pandemic—for which we cannot even begin to thank them enough—we office types have been working from home since last March. And let’s be honest.... The post 9 essential Dangerous Goods pointers for returning to your workplace appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada updates guidance on COVID-19 related infectious substances, will conduct remote oversight for now

The third week of April found the nation still focused on vaccination efforts. Some companies are hosting vaccination events on their premises, some for employees only, and others for both employees and members of the surrounding community. If your company is holding such an event, make sure that all appropriate safety and security processes are in place... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada updates guidance on COVID-19 related infectious substances, will conduct remote oversight for Read more [...]

Top 10 Dangerous Goods questions our hotline experts answer every day.

Whether you’ve been shipping Dangerous Goods for 10 days or 10 years, there’s never any shame in admitting you don’t know the answer to a question. That’s why we set up the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline. Next time you have a question about hazmat transport, you can call 1.800.621.5808—8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central time, Monday... The post Top 10 Dangerous Goods questions our hotline experts answer every day. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: UNECE releases corrective corrigendum to the EU ADR

Moving into the third week of April, the nation is rapidly moving into a phase where vaccines against the COVID virus are becoming much more widely available.  At the same time, the virus, in its variant forms, is also surging once more.  Let’s all do our part to help limit the further spread of the... The post DG Digest: UNECE releases corrective corrigendum to the EU ADR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Guest post: 5 ways 3PLs can capitalize on the e-commerce boom

Our guest blogger is Robert Liva, Senior Account Executive at Pierbridge. Have you noticed that there’s a different delivery van pulling up on your block five or six times every day? Those vans are evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated several shipping trends that were already developing pretty quickly. Online spending accounted for 21.3% of... The post Guest post: 5 ways 3PLs can capitalize on the e-commerce boom appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: TSA wants to collect biometric data for drivers, OSHA extends HCS comment period

Spring moves along as we head deeper into April, and it’s a good time to think about company emergency plans.  Spring storm season is here, and several recent severe weather outbreaks across the nation remind us that as HS&E professionals, we need to keep our plans up to date to help protect our fellow employees... The post DG Digest: TSA wants to collect biometric data for drivers, OSHA extends HCS comment period appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hazmat shippers need internal SMEs. Who are they, and how do you train them?

If your organization ships Dangerous Goods with any frequency, you probably have one person whom everyone else goes to with hazmat questions. They’re the go-to guy, the resident wise woman, the walking DG shipping manual—in other words, the internal subject matter expert. And they’re indispensable to your operation. Where did your internal hazmat transport SME... The post Hazmat shippers need internal SMEs. Who are they, and how do you train them? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: US Regulatory Agencies Update Semi-annual Agendas

Welcome to April!  As we pass into the heart of the Spring season, hopefully everyone is ramping up their efforts to help employees stay safe and get vaccinated if they choose to do so.  Let’s all keeping working together to end this pandemic and get our nation back on track.  The week featured some significant... The post DG Digest: US Regulatory Agencies Update Semi-annual Agendas appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

A Public Relations Influx Leaves Federal, Other Organizations Looking Savvy

During the last year or so of global pandemic, Dangerous Goods regulatory bodies have gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate unforeseen challenges while keeping the hazmat supply chain safe. Now that the world’s economies may be inching their way back toward something resembling normal, these agencies are taking unprecedented measures to raise their images within... The post A Public Relations Influx Leaves Federal, Other Organizations Looking Savvy appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada updates COVID-19 exemptions and the Chemical Safety Board to meet virtually on April 2nd.

The end of March finds the regulatory world continuing a fairly quiet spell. Meanwhile, with the return of spring weather, the threat of severe weather is appearing on the radar screen for many areas of the country. If your business is in a place impacted by spring storm season, be sure you and your employees have and... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada updates COVID-19 exemptions and the Chemical Safety Board to meet virtually on April 2nd. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The 6th Annual DG Confidence Outlook gives your opinion real power.

How often do you get to influence the direction of your entire industry? If you’re a Dangerous Goods professional, now’s your chance. Participate in the 6th annual DG Confidence Outlook, and your voice can resonate throughout the hazmat supply chain. “By participating in this survey, you get a voice to possibly make changes in the... The post The 6th Annual DG Confidence Outlook gives your opinion real power. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: UN ADR Wraps Up 15th Meeting of the Working Party on the transport of Dangerous Goods

Spring arrived Saturday.  With it comes not only flowers but the hope of a looming end to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many workplaces are assisting interested, eligible employees with finding vaccination availability.  Eligibility criteria varies across the country on a state-by-state basis; if your workplace has an assistance program, be sure you’re ready to answer questions... The post DG Digest: UN ADR Wraps Up 15th Meeting of the Working Party on the transport of Dangerous Goods Read more [...]

Guest post: Why your product data must be intelligently stored and organized

Our guest blogger is Clint Boaz, Senior Sales Engineer at ProShip, Inc. If you spend a lot of time cooking, you’re a lot more efficient with an organized spice rack. If you like to grow beautiful things in your yard and garden, you can save a lot of time by getting your shed straightened up.... The post Guest post: Why your product data must be intelligently stored and organized appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 15th, 2021

  Week of March 15th, 2021 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance Technology innovation can also bring with additional risk, especially when shipping goods classified as hazardous around the world. That’s why it’s critical for organizations to understand how regulations impact their supply chains, and ensure their teams are properly trained to safely and... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 15th, 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

These 4 words can be a key to Dangerous Goods terminology

Your typical Dangerous Goods regulatory manual is more than a thousand pages long and may contain close to one million words. How is it possible that four of them could be so important? According to Labelmaster Senior Manager Jim Shimko, “There are four words that can help you interpret the regulations. And they can work... The post These 4 words can be a key to Dangerous Goods terminology appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA updates ‘org chart’ and ICAO issues 2nd addendum to the TI

The first week in March found the nation increasing its rate of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  Let’s all keep working together to keep ourselves, our families, and our fellow employees as safe as possible as we push forward to finally end the pandemic.  Regulatory activity was relatively minimal during the last week, although PHMSA... The post DG Digest: PHMSA updates ‘org chart’ and ICAO issues 2nd addendum to the TI appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Why smart e-bike retailers consider lithium battery training a growth strategy

E-bikes started as a trend, quickly became a mainstream movement, and are well on their way to becoming a revolution. They’re also a major story for the Dangerous Goods community, because e-bikes are powered by large format lithium batteries. These rechargeable batteries are fully regulated hazmat, since they carry a small but significant risk of... The post Why smart e-bike retailers consider lithium battery training a growth strategy appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA issues second addendum to the 62nd DGR, PHMSA to hold Lithium Battery Air Safety meeting this week

Today’s digest covers the two weeks just past. The first week of the period was quiet; the second week, quite busy. IATA published a new addendum and PHMSA was quite active. All in all, a busy period. Meanwhile, the vaccination effort against the ongoing pandemic continues. Let’s all keep working and living safe and do our part to battle this... The post DG Digest: IATA issues second addendum to the 62nd DGR, PHMSA to hold Lithium Battery Air Safety meeting this Read more [...]

Next-level hazmat training: An immersive, game-inspired experience

Regulations require training for anyone involved in the transport of Dangerous Goods, but forward-thinking organizations know training can also boost efficiency, reduce errors and improve overall performance. One thing hazmat training has never really been? Fun. But now we’re changing that. Several of our most popular industry-leading online training courses (see below for a complete... The post Next-level hazmat training: An immersive, game-inspired experience appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Want to raise your Dangerous Goods game? Study chess!

Like millions of others, we were inspired by The Queen’s Gambit to dig out the chessboard from the back of the closet behind the kids’ games. Unlike millions of others, we’re Dangerous Goods pros, and we sometimes mingle our personal and professional obsessions. So lately we’ve gotten to thinking about intriguing parallels between the world... The post Want to raise your Dangerous Goods game? Study chess! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA proposes bringing the U.S. inline with U.N.’s 7th revision of GHS.

It’s mid-February, and hopefully everyone had a chance to enjoy the spirit of the Valentine’s Day Holiday. We can all be grateful for loved ones. Keep doing your part to help keep them safe.  The week’s biggest news was easily the late in the week publication of a proposed revision to the nation’s Hazard Communication Standard or... The post DG Digest: OSHA proposes bringing the U.S. inline with U.N.’s 7th revision of GHS. appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

Everything you need to know about MSDS-SDS conversions

Sometimes, we overlook the obvious. I was working with a client just last week and was asked to evaluate a pair of materials for further handling at a new site they are developing. “Will you please send me the Safety Data Sheets? I’ll take a look and run the numbers,” I said. A few minutes... The post Everything you need to know about MSDS-SDS conversions appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: Buttigieg confirmed to run DOT, new IATA portal offers guidance for vaccine shippers.

The nation enters the second week of February with vaccination efforts against the COVID-19 virus still accelerating. It’s going to be a long slog to the end of this massive project, but we’re on the road. If your workplace is planning on engaging with health authorities in terms of assisting your workforce, now’s the time to get... The post DG Digest: Buttigieg confirmed to run DOT, new IATA portal offers guidance for vaccine shippers. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Curious about “extreme” hazmat labels and placards? Try them yourself!

When we introduced hazmat labels, placards and marks for extreme conditions back in 2019, we had no idea that 2020 would introduce a whole new meaning to the words “extreme conditions.” No, our new line of labels, placards and marks was not designed to help Dangerous Goods organizations handle a global pandemic. (The hazmat supply... The post Curious about “extreme” hazmat labels and placards? Try them yourself! appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: OSHA updates workplace Covid-19 guidance and the FAA updates its ‘DRS’ database

Today marks the first day of February—already!  As veterans of the election transition process may have expected, the last week of the month featured a fairly quiet regulatory scene as one result of the new administration taking over in Washington, DC.  It’s common after a change in administrations for things to get a little slow... The post DG Digest: OSHA updates workplace Covid-19 guidance and the FAA updates its ‘DRS’ database appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Two upcoming webinars focus on essential Dangerous Goods issues.

In the Dangerous Goods galaxy, you never run out of new subjects to master. That’s why we try to connect you with industry experts whenever possible. Sometimes a topic—such as cold chain packaging—takes on new importance due to global events. And we’ve got an upcoming webinar for that. Sometimes a regulatory agency such as IATA... The post Two upcoming webinars focus on essential Dangerous Goods issues. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: See the significant changes to Amendment 40 of the Covid-19-delayed IMDG Code.

The last full week of the month begins with a new administration in place in Washington.  On the DG front, PHMSA will continue business as usual for now.  What impact (or not) the new political environment may have on our industry community’s specific interests remain to be seen.  The Senate is currently working on the... The post DG Digest: See the significant changes to Amendment 40 of the Covid-19-delayed IMDG Code. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

A late-life career change strengthens the hazmat supply chain.

One thing that didn’t change amidst all the turmoil in 2020: Truck drivers stayed in high demand. The industry has been talking about a shortage of drivers for years, and that situation is still in evidence. While many industries were devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, our supply chains remained robust and reliable. In fact,... The post A late-life career change strengthens the hazmat supply chain. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA releases special permit applications, FMCSA gives more leeway for use of corrective eyeware

The nation moves into Inaugural Week with the ongoing struggle against the pandemic still very much front and center.  Let’s all be sure we keep our noses to the grindstone and keep doing everything we can to help limit the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Additionally, we’re now in the heart of the winter... The post DG Digest: PHMSA releases special permit applications, FMCSA gives more leeway for use of corrective eyeware appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: An unforgettable year in Dangerous Goods

STAY SAFE, STAY SANE AND STAY COMPLIANT! 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 in complete compliance with a full line of solutions from Labelmaster—a full-service provider of goods and services... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: An unforgettable year in Dangerous Goods appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021

Despite our hopes for a smoother start, the second week of the new year found the nation facing not only the ongoing pandemic but also unprecedented political turmoil in Washington, DC.  However as Dangerous Goods/EHS Professionals, it’s our job to keep looking forward to better times and to make sure we all do our part... The post DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

South American hazmat rules are newly harmonized. Are you trained up?

Those of us in the North American Dangerous Goods supply chain may complain about the complexity of hazmat regulations, but lots of us don’t know how good we have it. After all, we only have to worry about one set of UN Model Regulations. Sure, there may be slight, unharmonized differences between Europe and North... The post South American hazmat rules are newly harmonized. Are you trained up? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 4th, 2021

  Week of January 4th, 2021 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance As we enter 2021, it’s important for organizations to apply the lessons learned in 2020 and invest in the necessary technology, processes and training to create the supply chain of today and tomorrow. To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of January 4th, 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DG Digest: IATA publishes addendum to the 62nd DGR

Happy New Year!  Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and is ready to dive in to what we all fervently hope will be a much better 2021.  Although the pandemic continues to “suck all the air from the room” safety wise, don’t forget that the nation is now in its coldest stretch... The post DG Digest: IATA publishes addendum to the 62nd DGR appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

If the year 2020 were Dangerous Goods, how would we classify it?

ICAO defines Dangerous Goods as “articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.” By that definition, this year certainly qualifies. If you could somehow ship the year 2020 in a box, you’d have to slap a hazmat label on it. But which label? In which hazard... The post If the year 2020 were Dangerous Goods, how would we classify it? appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

The last week of 2020 (hooray!) sees important relief from FMCSA and the end of the ORM-D mark

What has been one of the most difficult years in our nation’s modern history finally comes to an end later this week. It is likely none of us will be unhappy to see 2020 in our rearview mirrors. Meanwhile, although the vaccines currently being distributed will eventually help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,... The post The last week of 2020 (hooray!) sees important relief from FMCSA and the end of the ORM-D mark appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of December 21st, 2020

  Week of December 21st, 2020 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance As supply chain challenges continue to mount, companies are looking to technology solutions to help them navigate these uncertain times – whether it’s responding to rapid e-commerce growth or preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine around the world. To help companies keep... The post Supply Chain Moves: Week of December 21st, 2020 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]