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04/28/2017

Breaking Down OSHA's Revised Walking-Working Surface Standard

On November 18, 2016, OSHA published a Final Rule to update its Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D. The Final Rule took effect on January 17 of this year and will impact an estimated 100 million employees at 7 million general industry workplaces in the US.  

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04/18/2017

Give Your Carrier Load-able Hazmat Shipments

While preparing hazmat shipments and overpacks, understanding the 49 CFR requirements for segregating hazardous materials can save you from a rejected shipment.  

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03/27/2017

Next Week! Hazmat Training in Sacramento and Denver

To help you protect personnel and maintain full compliance with the new DOT, IATA, and IMDG shipping regulations for 2017, Lion will present nationally trusted hazmat/DG shipper training in Sacramento, Denver, and Kansas City next month. 

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03/21/2017

Building the Perfect Hazmat Basic Description

The shipping paper is one of the most important documents in the hazmat shipping process. Call it a bill of lading, declaration, IMO, Shipper’s Dec, manifest, or whatever you want it’s a certified written record of what is being shipped, the hazards present, how much is there, and where to go for more information.

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03/07/2017

When Do OSHA Lockout/Tagout Rules Apply at My Site?

A steam valve is automatically turned on burning workers who are repairing a downstream connection in the piping. A jammed conveyor system suddenly releases, crushing a worker who is trying to clear the jam....

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01/25/2017

Updated: DOT Withdraws 2017 Lithium Battery Updates for Now

URGENT: PHMSA has withdrawn its HM 215N Final Rule after the Agency last week announced it as Final and effective as of January 18, 2017.

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11/21/2016

DOT Proposes Update to Rules for ID Numbers on Cargo Tanks Carrying Fuels

In today’s Federal Register, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed a rule to update the hazardous materials marking requirements for cargo tanks that carry petroleum-based fuels. The proposal is a direct response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act, or PIPES Act, signed into law in June 2016.

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11/11/2016

PHMSA Issues Guidance for Shipping Organic Peroxides, Self-Reactive Materials

Earlier this year, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalized a rule to remove the Packing Group II (PG II) designation for organic peroxides and self-reactive substances. The change was among many “miscellaneous” hazmat updates made in a Final Rule posted to the Federal Register on June 2, 2016. The new rule has been in effect since July 5.

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10/18/2016

Hazmat Tricks and Treats: Finding Reliefs, Halloween Style!

In the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), hazmat shippers can find reliefs for special situations and specific industries, ranging from relief for agricultural operations [49 CFR 173.5] to shipping damaged lithium batteries by ground. [49 CFR 173.185(f)] Because these hazmat reliefs apply to specific cases only, they are easy to overlook. Let’s take a look at some of these often overlooked reliefs—and because it’s October, let’s do it with a Halloween twist! 

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10/13/2016

Railroads Challenge California Hazmat Rail Fee

In August, the state of California passed a law to require railroads to collect a $45 fee to transport rail cars carrying certain hazardous materials. Railroads are now challenging the implementation of the hazmat fee, expressing concerns about how it will be enforced and how it will affect small quantity shipments. 

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