October 16, 2014: STARS Is Proud To Announce That Wendy Buckley Has Been Recognized by Continental Who’s Who Among Pinnacle Professionals in the Field of Environmental Services

 Wendy J. Buckley, President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services, specializes in Hazardous Materials, Transportation, Hazardous waste & Environmental Compliance. Wendy has been in the hazardous materials industry for over 17 years. She worked for both the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey State Department of Transportation as a Railroad Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. Wendy was an Investigator with the Office of Inspector General at Amtrak, a Multi-Modal HazMat Instructor and Auditor with a premier training and consulting company, and managed the Regulatory Affairs department at a multi-billion dollar, multi-national laboratory supply company.

Wendy started her career as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Firefighter and today she is the President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services (STARS), a hazardous materials and hazardous waste management consulting firm.
On behalf of STARS, Wendy has traveled around the country to give speeches on topics related to the transportation and management of hazardous materials for such organizations as National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), Bureau of Explosives (BOE/AAR), and Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC).

Wendy has multiple degrees from several private and public Universities. Published: Professional Perspective Article, "Boxes and Bottles and Jars, Oh My!", Packaging World Magazine 11/2013. Awards: Featured in Women of Distinction Magazine Fall 2014, National Association of Distinguished Professionals (NADP); 2014 Woman of the Year, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), 2014 Pinnacle Professional of the Year, National Association of Distinguished Professionals (NADP).

Take a moment to check out some of the places that her article has been published!

New York Business Journal                        Boston Globe

Atlanta Business Chronicle                         Philadelphia Business Journal

Yahoo! Finance                                             Yahoo! Singapore

WAFB CBS-9                                                WAFF NBC-48

WDRB FOX-41                                             WLOX ABC -13

Web Lens – Canada                                    Industrial Products Finder – India

Greenlichen.com – India                             Australian Manufacturing

October 28, 2014: Second Meeting Held on Lithium Batteries

The second ICAO International Multidisciplinary Lithium Battery Transport Coordination Meeting was held to discuss additional measures that were needed to mitigate risks related to the transportation of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Participants of this meeting reviewed demonstrations on how reactions differed depending on the battery type, manufacturer and chemistry.

The DGP has proposed that the transport of lithium metal batteries in cargo be restricted to cargo aircraft only. The prohibition on the carraige of lithium metal batteries on passenger aircraft only applies to batteries that are shipped by themselves. It does not apply to lithium metal batteries that are packed with equipment or contained in equipment.

As a result of the first and second meetings there have been several changes to how lithium metal batteries are transported. Some of the changes are as follows:

-The ICAO Council has decided to prohibit the carriage of lithium metal batteries on their own as cargo on passenger aircraft

  • An explosion occurred in the two tests to date of lithium ion cells in fire resistant containers. There is a likelihood that the flammable gases that are emitted from venting lithium ion cells can collect and ignite, which could result in an explosion in such containers.

  • Lithium metal button cells with a lithium content that does not exceed 0.3 grams may not present a significant hazard and should have a separate UN classification to facilitate shipments.

  • Results of tests conducted have indicated that Class C cargo compartments provide appreciably better protection against the risks associated with a lithium battery fire than any other types of cargo compartments.

To read more about the results of the first and second meeting please visit the following sites:

IATA

IACO 

October 24, 2014: OSHA Announces Public Meeting

OSHA is holding a public meeting on November 12, 2014 to discuss proposals in preparation for the 28th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) that is being held on December 10-12, 2014. OSHA and the U.S. Inter-agency GHS Coordinating Group will consider all comments and information gathered at this public meeting when developing the U.S. Government positions for the UNSCEGHS meeting.
For more information about the upcoming meeting please visit Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 209

October 22, 2014: OSHA Announces Webinar To Discuss Issues Relating To Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that they will be holding a webinar on November 10, 2014 aimed at updating stakeholders and the public on issues relating to Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The webinar will also discuss the progress that federal agencies have made in implementing the Federal Action Plan for improving the safety and security of chemical facilities. There is no cost to register for the webinar. For information on registering for the webinar please visit Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 204

October 24, 2014: MARAD Seeking Comments on Proposed Policy for Deepwater Export Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is seeking comments on the proposed policy to accept, evaluate and process license applications for construction and operation of offshore deep water export facilities. MARAD would like to use existing Deepwater Port License Regulations. Due to considerable technical, operational and environmental differences between the import and export operations for natural gas or oil projects, a separate and complete license application is required for export applications. To read the complete proposed policy and to see how to submit your comments please visit the Federal Register

October 22, 2014: FAA Proposes Large Civil Penalty Against Shanghai Yancui Import and Export Co. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $227,500 civil penalty against Shanghai Yancui Import and Export Co. of Shanghai, China for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. On July 16, 2013 they shipped a package containing one bottle of Titanium Tetrachloride on a DHL Express Worldwide cargo flight. DHL workers discovered the package smoking at the package sorting facility in Erlanger, Kentucky. Titanium Tetrachloride is a poisonous and corrosive material. The Hazardous Materials Regulations prohibit shipping this material on passenger or cargo aircraft. The package also contained two bottles of Benzodioxole, another hazardous and flammable liquid. The company did not mark, label or pack the shipment in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. In addition, the package was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of the contents or emergency response information. Shanghai Yancui also did not provide the required hazardous materials training for their employees.
To read the entire press release please visit the FAA Website

October 22, 2014: FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against 5 Companies for Allegedly Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing civil penalties against five companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA has stated that their shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers that would indicate the hazardous nature of their contents. In addition, the shipments were not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The companies also failed to provide emergency response information and did not ensure their employees received the required hazardous materials training.
Quaker City Plating of Whittier, California is facing a $66,000 stemming from an incident on March 17, 2014. The company shipped a box containing five 1-gallon containers of paint on a FedEx cargo flight. Employees at the FedEx package sorting facility discovered the shipment was leaking.
Manufacturing LLC of Fremont, Ohio is faced with a $65,000 fine. On April 28, 2014 they offered to ship a box via FedEx containing six smaller packages that each held 1,000 bullets to Key West, Florida. FedEx workers discovered the package at the package sorting facility. Bullets are considered an explosives.
International Dental Supply of Hialeah, Florida is facing a $57,400 fine. On January 9, 2014 IDS shipped a package containing twenty 8-ounce bottles of acrylic on a UPS cargo flight to Puerto Rico. Acrylic is a hazardous flammable liquid. Workers that the UPS package sorting facility discovered the shipment leaking which was caused by IDS not properly packaging the bottles to prevent breakage or leakage.
Saudi Chem Crete Co. Ltd of Saudi Arabia is facing a $54,000 fine stemming from an incident on November 4, 2012. Saudi Chem Crete offered to UPS two 1-gallon containers and two 1-quart containers of epoxy resin for shipment by air from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Elmendorf, Texas. Epoxy resin is a corrosive liquid. The UPS workers at the package sorting facility discovered the shipment. The package contents exceeded the maximum amount of epoxy resin that can be shipped on board cargo aircraft.
Passport Health of Scottsdale, Arizona is facing a $54,000 fine. On October 30, 2014 they offered to ship three 2.5-ounce containers of flammable, liquid hand sanitizer via UPS. Workers at the UPS package sorting facility discovered the shipment.
To read the entire press release please visit the FAA Website

October 13, 2014: FAA Issues Notice of Public Meeting

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a notice of public meeting that will be held on October 14, 2014. This meeting is in preparation for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) meeting that is being held from October 20-24, 2014.
For information on the public meeting please visit Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184

September 15, 2014: Changes Made to IMDG Code 2014 Edition

The 2014 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code includes many changes. Some of the more significant changes include the following:

  • Shippers and carriers that handle Class 7 goods need to be aware of the updates to provisions reflecting the 2012 edition of the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.
  • The format of the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) has been modified. There are now two columns (16a & 16b) that have replaced the single Column 16 – Stowage and Segregation.
  • Additionally, the descriptive text for this section has now been replaced with codes that are defined in Chapter 7
    • Column 16a – Stowage and Handling: in addition to the Stowage Category codes there is also “SW” stowage codes, “H” handling codes (as defined in sections 7.1.5 and 7.1.6)
    • Column 16b – Segregation: contains “SG” segregation codes (as defined in section 7.2.8).
  • Changes have been made to Chapter 7.2
    • includes more stringent segregation and stowage requirements for Class 4.3 and other water-reactive materials.

The Dangerous Goods List has also been updated. Some of the changes include:

  • For UN 3268 – PSN has been changed from “air bag modules, air bag inflators or seat-belt pretensioners” to “safety devices”.
  • Asbestos is to be shipped as UN 2212 : Asbestos, Amphibole” or UN 2590 “asbestos, chrysotile”.
  • The entry “capacitors” has now been divided into “capacitor, electric double layer” (UN 3499) and “capacitor, asymmetric” (UN 3508)
  • “Packaging discarded, empty, uncleaned” (UN 3509) has been added but can’t be used for sea transport.
  • A series of shipping names for various absorbed gases have been assigned between UN 3510 and UN 3526.

Special provisions have been added and/or revised as well.

  • SP 367 through 376 – excluding 374 and 375
  • SP 968 through SP 970
  • SP 376 through 377 – Lithium batteries damaged/defective or for recycling/disposal.
  • SP 967, 962 – vehicles or internal combustion engines (see also SP 970).

To view the entire IMDG code visit International Maritime Organization Publications

October 2,2014: (FR) FMCSA Issues Final Rule to Amend Various Sections of the Code of Federal Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made technical corrections throughout title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, subtitle B, chapter III. The final rule, effective October 2, 2014, does not make any substantive changes to the regulations. The minor changes are intended to correct errors and omissions, update references, improve the overall clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions, as well as to ensure conformity with Office of the Federal Register style guidelines.
To read the entire final rule visit Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191