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In This Issue: September/October 2018

IN THIS ISSUE –SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

RISK MANAGEMENT
Hazmat transportation risk management can be useful in preventing introduction or propagation of risks that can adversely impact communities and emergency responders along the transport routes, your employees and contractors and those of your logistics service providers, and more. This article is the first of a series focused on the use of a risk management approach by industry, including shippers, receivers, carriers, and other service providers. What is Transportation Risk Management and Why Should We Consider It?

FUNDING HAZMAT
The second report looks at efforts to extend funding for the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) by one FY until 2021 and the rationale for doing so. Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure – A Placeholder for HazMat Transportation Legislation

REPORT ON THE 53RD SESSION OF THE UNSCETDG
From June 25 – July 4, 2018, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) held its 53rd session in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the third session of the new biennium. Changes to the UN Model Regulations agreed at the fourth sessions will be included in the 21st revised edition. Report on Proposals Discussed at the 53rd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

REPORT ON THE 35TH SESSION OF THE UNSCEGHS
The UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) met in Geneva on July 4-6, 2018 for its 35th session and third session of the 2017-2018 biennium which will result in the 8th revision to the GHS. This report provides a summary of the discussions and papers from the 35th session. Report on the 35th Session of the UN Globally Harmonized System Sub-Committee Meeting

GLOBAL GHS DEVELOPMENTS
The UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is frequently in the news these days. This article provides information on some recent global GHS developments, with a focus on implementation efforts by a number of countries and organizations. Global Developments in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification

READER INQUIRIES
This article responds to reader’s questions concerning use of mismarked UN packages for which a foreign competent authority approval has been issued and selection of packaging for Div. 4.2 materials which are “wetted solids.” Reader Questions

RECORDKEEPING FOR USERS OF TYPE A PACKAGINGS
In this report, user recordkeeping requirements are reviewed and guidance is provided to clarify regulatory provisions introduced in a 2014 final rule (HM-250) which may be a source of confusion for users of Type A packagings. Radioactive Material Type A Package – The User’s Recordkeeping Requirement

PERMEATION CONTROL
Many chemicals can permeate plastic packagings. This report reviews the dangers from permeation, the types of barriers in common use for permeation control and some of the pros and cons of using these barriers. Barriers for Permeation Control in Plastic Packaging

CLASS 8 CLASSIFICATION
Amendments to the classification criteria for Class 8 incorporated in Chapter 2.8 of the twentieth edition of the UN Model Regulations will become effective in international standards as early as January 1, 2019.  This article reviews the changes and potential effects the new classification crteria may have on existing and future classifications for corrosive materials.  Changes to the Class 8 Corrosive Classification Criteria

ENFORCEMENT CHANGES
Challenges facing government agencies with hazardous materials transportation enforcement responsibilities are leading to new approaches. This article takes a look at agencies’ efforts improve the use of limited inspection resources and implement new inspection philosophies, methodologies, training, and tools. New Enforcement Perspectives

COMMENTS ON DOT LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
Comments are provided on recent interpretations from DOT concerning the need, if any, periodic retesting of combination packagings held in inventory for long periods and the method used to communicate the type and number of packages described on a shipping paper. Comments on DOT Interpretations