quiz for August , 2002:
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for the answer!
1. What is placed on the exterior
of vehicles containing dangerous goods to denote
the hazard class:
(a) Placard (b) Product Name (c) Label (d) None
of the these
2. Gases in division _______
represent a flammable hazard
(a) 1.1 (b) 1.2 (c) 2.1 (d) 2.3
3. A division 4.1 material
is dangerous because it can
(a) Damage your skin (b) Corrode metal (c) Ignite
4. ____________ is a common
example of class 8 material
(a) Gasoline (b) Dynamite (c) Sulfuric Acid
5. Class 3 is dangerous because
it releases _________ at a temperature of 60.5°C
(a) Flammable Vapors (b) Oxygen (c) Toxic Gases
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Where have we been?
Like everyone else, we get sidetracked too. Each time that we sat
down to finish June's Newsletter some important issues would demand
our immediate attention. Before we knew it, our July Fourth Holiday
sneaked up on us. Yes, we tried to catch our breath with a four-day
As we resumed operations on 8 July business got busier and busier.
Corrective hazmat packing services, specialty packaging projects,
and demands for in-house hazmat training have kept us ahead of last
year's pace which was a record-breaking year as well as a heart-breaking
What sidetracked us?
Security, security, security! It's difficult to tell at this point
who will really be in charge of security.
As we started this newsletter we were reviewing public comments
concerning D.O.T.'s Research and Special Programs Administration's
HM-232: Hazardous Materials: Security Requirements for Offerors
and Transporters of Hazardous Materials.
Just as we thought we were getting a good grasp of things and were
ready to file our own comments along came HM-232A: Security
Requirements for Motor Carriers Transporting Hazardous Materials;
Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); Published 7/16/2002,
67 FR 46622.
"The Research and Special Programs Administration and the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration are examining the need for enhanced
security requirements for the motor carrier transportation of hazardous
materials. The two agencies are seeking comments on the feasibility
of specific security enhancements and the potential
costs and benefits of deploying such enhancements. Security
measures being considered include escorts, vehicle tracking
and monitoring systems, emergency warning systems, remote shut-offs,
direct short-range communications, and notification to state and
And, right behind that came HM-232B: Revision to Periodic
Tire Check Requirement for Motor Carriers Transporting Hazardous
Materials; Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); Published
7/16/2002, 67 FR 46622.
This is a proposal by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
"to eliminate an outdated requirement for certain motor vehicle
operators to stop periodically to check their tires. Eliminating
this requirement will enhance the security of hazardous
Naturally, all of this attention to security is due to the
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
The Transportation Security Administration, presently part of the
U.S. Department of Transportation, has been working diligently to
provide a safe and secure transportation network within the United
States. Their efforts have been most visible in the airline industry
and particularly passenger and cargo screening. But other modes
of transportation have received TSA attention as well and many improvements
in transportation security have already been implemented, with more
sure to follow.
Other cabinet-level Departments and many agencies have also added
new security measures to insure protection against further terrorist
threats. (Note our report concerning new DOT/RSPA/FMCSA initiatives
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing the stage where
it will be starting to spread its wings. The version desired by
President Bush will combine 22 federal entities and 170,000 employees
under a single department. So far the U.S. Coast Guard, by far the
hardest working and most dedicated federal agency, has been placed
in Homeland Security, then returned to the D.O.T., and then placed
back in Homeland Security. The White House and Congress are hoping
for a final version before the end of the year.
Immediate Projects for U.S. Shippers and Carriers:
- Draw up a new security program for your company. (HM-232)
- Enhance our security programs with new high-tech tools (HM-232A)
- Eliminate checking tires during transportation - a security
- Review packaging and training operations particularly for air
Packaging Engineers and Distributors
of Consumer Commodities
You should review HM-228 very carefully and a related article in
our April 2002 Newsletter.
Gripes of the Month!
Shipping clerks who place hazard labels on packages in a square
shape instead of a diamond shape.
(45° angle on a point).
Warehouse employees who place on-hand notices over U.N. Specification
Lament of the month:
Security! We recognize the importance of security.....but.....
With every newspaper and TV columnist offering his or her own plans,
corporations, Congress, local, state, and federal agency instituting
or suggesting new security measures, some even at odds with others,
we are reminded of a famous comedian from the 1940-1960's, Jimmy
Durante, who often commented on his radio and TV shows - "Everybody
is trying to get into the act!"