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In This Issue: January/February 2017

Topics of interest in the January/February 2017 issue of The Journal of HazMat Transportation.

REPORT ON THE 32ND SESSION OF THE UN SCGHS
From December 7 to 9, 2016, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (SCGHS) met for its 32nd session in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the fourth and final meeting of the biennium and the UNSCEGHS decisions will be incorporated in the 7th revised edition of the UN GHS Purple Book.
Report on the 32nd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

PREVIEW OF THE HM-215N INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION FINAL RULE
In January of this year PHMSA’s latest international harmonization final rule, HM-215N, was forwarded to the Federal Register for publication and then withdrawn, due to a government-wide regulatory freeze. This report looks at the changes contained in the “draft” final rule.
PHMSA issues, then withdraws, its HM-215N International Harmonization Final Rule

LITHIUM BATTERIES OF INCREASING CONCERN TO FAA
A sharp rise in incidents involving air transportation of lithium batteries has resulted in FAA increasing its surveillance and enforcement efforts. This article looks at the legal requirements for properly handling and shipping lithium batteries, FAA’s compliance initiatives, and other issues.
Shippers Beware: FAA is Tightening its Rein on Lithium Batteries

REPORT ON THE 47TH THROUGH 50TH UNSCETDG SESSIONS
The UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) recently ended its 50th session, completing the fourth and final session of the biennium. This report reviews the changes made in the four sessions, which will lead to the 20th edition of the UN Model Regulations and an addendum to the UN Manual (6th edition).
Results of 47th through 50th Sessions of the UNSCETDG

RAILROAD EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPAREDNESS
A Senate legislative initiative seeks to enhance the training of emergency first responders for rail hazmat incidents. This article provides an overview of the initiative and currently available resources for training emergency responders.
Fire Training for Railroads

PROBLEMS WITH “ARTICLES”
A hazmat consultant and trainer expresses frustrations over regulatory definitions (or lack thereof) and inconsistences concerning “liquid” versus “solid” and “bulk” versus “non-bulk”, with regard to a large wet-cell battery.
Two Letters for the Special File

INTERNATIONAL GHS IMPLEMENTATION
This article reports on the status of implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in Australia, including guidance on labeling and preparing Safety Data Sheets, and where to get additional information. GHS-related information pertaining to Canada and the U.S. is also mentioned.
Australian GHS Implementation

READER QUESTIONS
Several questions and answers developed in response to reader inquiries are included in this edition:

  • Exceptions for Combustible Liquids Shipped in IBCs, page
  • Flammable Solvent Mixtures and IMDG Marine Pollutant Criteria, page
  • Return Shipments from other than a Retail Facility, page

HM-259 NOTICE ON AIR TRANSPORT-RELATED PETITIONS
In this HM-259 notice of proposed rulemaking, PHMSA, in consultation with the FAA, proposes changes to air transportation provisions to increase harmonization with international standards and respond to petitions for rulemaking. This report appeared online in HazMat Alert 2016-61 on December 15, 2016.
HM-259 NPRM Proposes to Align the HMR with Current International Standards for Air Transportation

COMMENTS ON DOT LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
Comments are provided on recent interpretations from DOT concerning tank car minimum inspection requirements, properties of fiberboard used in UN 4G boxes, and shipping descriptions for diesel fuel. 

 

Go to the full Digital Edition of The Journal at hazmatship.com to read:

U.S. DOT Letters of Interpretation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations: September and October 2016.  18 Interpretations sorted and provided verbatim

HazMat Transportation Guidance: 6 guidance tips 

Summary of U.S. DOT Rule & Rulemaking Activity