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At the Pentagon in Washington D.C. 125 employees and 64 people on American Airlines flight 67 died. United Flight 93 had 45 persons on board, including 5 hijackers. That flight crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania. 157 passengers and crew died in the two aircraft that attacked the World Trade Center.
The Keynote Presentation was by DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration's new Administrator, Ellen G. Engleman. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 21, 2001, ten days after the 9-11 attack. The D.O.T.'s press release at that time:
The press release did not do her justice. She is an outstanding communicator who supports aggressive enforcement and a team approach with no jurisdictional disputes between the DOT Modes and other administrations and agencies within the U.S. Government.
Ms. Engleman already has a marvelous grasp of issues. She prefers technology
type solutions, a worldwide emphasis on transportation security, a tracking
system for trucks, and driver security issues in the issuance of CDL's.
She also favors the establishment of an "800" 24 hour phone
contact to report stolen trucks.
For more information concerning technology solutions go to:
Editorial comment: Drivers beware - security issues such as unlocked cabs and cargo compartments, valid CDL's with proper endorsements, and training records, will be big issues in the immediate future.
HMAC President Alan Roberts provided an informative look at what
lessons we have all gained from the investigation of hazmat accidents
The other breakout session dealt with training. Ed Sprenkle of the Air Line Pilot's Association (ALPA) presented a very interesting perspective from the pilot's point of view and their safety initiatives. Vaughn Arthur of HMAC gave an impressive presentation concerning job-related training, and Harold Reed of STS Training stole the show with a hilarious presentation on how to make training interesting.
Ed Bonekemper, RSPA's Assistant Chief Counsel, gave an interesting speech on RSPA initiatives. On the immediate horizon will be increasing civil penalties from a maximum of $27500 to $100,000. More stringent training requirements will surely be put into effect.
But, perhaps the most interesting comments made by Mr. Bonekemper with his remarkably clear, attorney's voice, concerned "knowing violations", which he clarified to mean "know, or should have known". He went on to explain that a carrier cannot ignore "reasonable care" and must apply a reasonable inquiry and be alert to prior mistakes on the part of shippers.
For very important information about "knowing violations" and "reasonable care" you should check out the following RSPA/DOT link: http://hazmat.dot.gov/rules/ost01_10380.htm
We should all be aware that the stock answer "Its not my job" is no longer satisfactory. You should read the DOT comments at the above address if you are involved in transporting dangerous goods.
Those attendees who had to leave a little early because of travel connections missed out on part or all of an outstanding joint presentation by Linda Hume-Sastre of Transport Canada and Bob Richard, the International Standards Coordinator for RSPA/U.S. D.O.T. In addition to their great presentation they donated additional hours to explain present and future regulations, and proposed new initiatives that will be affecting Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Ms. Hume-Sastre had jokingly opened the presentation by calling it the "Linda and Bob Show". We hope that our dedicated colleagues at HMAC book the "Linda and Bob Show" for at least the next 20 years.
In our July 2001 Newsletter we had mentioned that we were pleased to revisit New Orleans with its magnificent restaurants and rich history. It took an immense effort in self-control to refrain from sampling all of the restaurants and sadly, we really had no time to do any sightseeing. Of course, my family will never believe that line!
The 2002 HMAC/Pira International Global Dangerous Goods Conference, "Obstacles to the Transport of Dangerous Goods: How are We Overcoming Them?" will be held April 4 and 5 in Antwerp, Belgium. This event is the perfect platform for our European friends to voice opinions and to gain a vast amount of knowledge concerning the safe transportation of dangerous goods.
For our visitors to this website who ship or transport dangerous goods but are not members of HMAC you should visit http://www.hmac.org
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