R-A Specialists June 2012 Newsletter
Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2012(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
- June 5-6-7 (Tue-Wed-Thurs) Air Initial
- August 7 (Tuesday) – Air Recurrent
- Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)
n-House Training subject to schedule availability.
Our entire 2012 schedule is posted on this website.>
Check our website for the 2012 Schedule which is now available.
Domestic U.S. D.O.T. Special Permits
If you read our newsletters thoroughly you have noticed month after month we list an on-line training program for domestic cosmetics shippers. It covers SP-9275 which is available to the cosmetics shippers, the flavoring and aromatic industries, medical and pharmaceutical shippers and small businesses and specialty re-sellers of those products.
SP-9275, like all special permits issued by the U.S. D.O.T./PHMSA allows some relaxation of the regulations provided the shipper (or “party to the SP”) can provide the same measure of safety for the hazardous materials covered by the special permit. And, like all other special permits, there is a requirement to train personnel involved in shipping the materials.
The relaxations apply to documentation, markings (ID Number & Proper Shipping Name), and hazard labels. Good quality packaging and strict quantity limitations do not qualify as one of those relaxations….and training.
There are over 300 companies and individuals that are parties to the SP-9275. Most are major corporations but there are also a considerable number of small businesses that also utilize the special permit. A significant number of the products covered by the SP also qualify as consumer commodity, ORM-D.
LTD QTY by highway & rail:
For shipments that qualify for air freight:
Do you remember Alan Alda?
He was “Hawkeye” in the popular MASH TV series in the 1970’s. From the 1970’s till present day he has continued to appear in movies and TV as well as authored many scripts and directed a number of shows and movies. So, why do we bring up a famous show-biz name like Alan Alda?
He is presently a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science. Stony Brook is not far from our home in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Professor Alan Alda recently set up a contest open to all scientists world-wide to identify the word “flame” in simple language that could be understood by the average eleven year old child.
The contest was entered by 800 scientists and was won by a young graduate student from Kansas City, Missouri and a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck. The contest was judged by 6th graders from around the world.
You can view the winning entry at www.flamechallenge.org
As hazmat training instructors Professor Alda’s project reminds us to avoid the “legal language” used by regulators and try our best to speak in every-day language that is used by our students. Yes, sometimes we’ve failed to do that but we are consciously working to lecture using words, descriptions, definitions, and procedures that can be easily understood by our students.
Our efforts are not in vain. We recently received the following e-mail:
“Please tell the instructor that his battery segment is the best around. My colleague went to a different training class due to a schedule conflict, and she said the instructor had no idea what they were doing and didn't cover batteries at all. We will be sending her to your training, even though she is not due to recurrent training yet.”
U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY – JULY 4TH
Each year we caution our visitors to this website to warn them about the dangers of commercial fireworks. While our children were growing up we already knew about the dangers. After all, that is our business – consulting and training for hazardous materials. As our children grew into their teen years we continued to preach to them and thankfully, they never played with fireworks. And now, as adults, they continue to refrain from using them and they in turn are passing the information on to their own children.
We have been a member of the National Fire Protection Association since 1985. We serve on their aviation and education committees. Take a couple of minutes to view one of the NFPA videos about fireworks. If you are a parent you cannot help but be affected by this film.
Have a safe and sane Fourth!
Lithium Batteries –
From our friend and colleague, Howard Skolnick http://www.skolnik.com
On May 15, 2012, the United States Postal Service (USPS) published a final rule in the Federal Register (77 FR 28488) which prohibits the outbound international mailing of lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries. The final rule is effective as of May 16, 2012. USPS states this action is necessary to bring its international mailing standards, contained in the International Mail Manual (IMM), into compliance with international standards for the acceptance of dangerous goods in international mail. According to USPS, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Convention and regulations do not permit batteries in international mail and are consistent with the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) that, with limited exceptions, do not permit dangerous goods in international mail. The USPS indicates it anticipates exceptions being provided on January 1, 2013, for batteries installed in personal electronic devices
— Howard Skolnik
Our Soap Box
We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time – this time it’s the economy, stupid (congress)
Trends that we notice in our training classes:
Just happy to get a passing grade? Choose the back row in the classroom. That 20+% questions that you got wrong are likely to be the types of products you’ll handle in the future!
Don’t know how to use the regulations? You probably were so busy taking notes you lost track of how to navigate the regulations to find the answer you needed.
Bored to death? The life you save may be your own…or that of a loved one! Or mine! I travel a lot.
You don’t understand? Ask questions! Be an active participant!
Did he cover that topic? You were probably too busy texting during that part of the training.
At the urging of a “Friendly Aviator” (FAA inspector) we raise the issue of lithium batteries in every in-house training program. We were doing a program for a manufacturer of nail polish. When we raised the question of lithium batteries every attendee eagerly insisted that the only hazmat the ship is nail polish. But off to one side of the conference room we heard a meek answer from a senior citizen who worked in purchasing. She said yes, she does ship lithium batteries, cell phones, and laptops frequently. “Was that a problem?” she asked in almost a whisper. We quickly added lithium batteries to the agenda.
A useful guide to what might be a hazardous material:
Thank you UPS.
Important reminder – if you ship perfumes, colognes, after-shave lotion, deodorants, flavoring or aromatic compounds go back to the top of the newsletter and check “Domestic U.S. D.O.T. Special Permits” again.