|March 2011 Newsletter
Tsunami – Japan
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2011 (All Feature Lithium Batteries)
In-House Training subject to schedule availability.
* The Dangerous Goods by Air programs will feature the 2011 IATA Regulations.
Check our website for the 2011 Schedule which is now available.
Warehouse Employee Hazmat Training
In the U.S. a hazmat employee is an individual a person (including a self-employed person) who:
Key Words – loads, unloads, or handles hazmat; is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat or operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.
We think that the above language is quite clear. It covers everyone who performs those functions.
The training requirements also includes job safety and emergency response. Therefore if a leaking package of dangerous goods is in a warehouse, employees have to be trained on the correct procedures to insure their own safety and the safety of other employees and the general public as well as what emergency actions they must initiate.
The employees must be retrained every 3 years.
Major changes on the horizon
Lithium Batteries -- still waiting, and waiting, and waiting….and waiting
We are still waiting for the U.S. proposed changes. Stay tuned. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is still reviewing the proposed regulation. OMB can accept the rule, reject the rule, or send it back to DOT/PHMSA for additional work or changes.
Keep checking our website for the updates. The final rule will have an effect on both imports and expports.
We have been following the lithium battery industry for some time now and new technology seems to be surfacing every day. Electric automobiles and trucks surely will be the wave of the future as we try to cut back on our reliance on oil.
Wind, solar, and hydro electric sources are receiving greater attention than ever as we try to reduce our reliance on oil and coal to produce electricity and to power our equipment.
Visit our website often in order to check on the U.S. D.O.T. changes regarding lithium batteries.
Our soap box:
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time.
FedEx implemented their requirement for a self-correcting type of electronic dangerous goods declarations in mid January of this year. Their program failed to take into account that there may be someone other than the shipper providing the dangerous goods declaration. We had an IT wizard from FedEx working with our staff for many hours and he was unable to come up with a solution. Under the FedEx system a packer or freight forwarder is unable to complete the dangerous goods declaration. We do not know if FedEx plans to work on an alternative.
Send your Soapbox Rant to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We might have to edit them a little but we will remain true to your real frustrations.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!