December 1, 2014: University of Findlay Alumna Helping to Combat Ebola

Wendy Buckley, president and founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services (STARS), was recently contacted by the federal government and asked to help a U.S. based company ship potentially dangerous chemicals to Africa that have been deemed vital in the battle against Ebola. Ms. Buckley was honored to help and recently oversaw the safe loading and shipping of the calcium hypochlorite powder onto a cargo ship bound for Liberia. STARS main focus is to assist companies in the development of cost effective ways to achieve voluntary compliance with federal hazardous materials regulations. However, Ms. Buckley's vast experience in the field of hazardous materials prepared her for such a task. Although she holds multiple degrees her most recent academic achievement has been to graduate from The University of Findlay with her master's degree in environmental safety and health management. When asked why she chose to participate in this shipment despite the fact that her company typically does not handle this type of work she stated "How could I deny thousands of people something that could possibly prevent them from dying from this horrible disease?" To read the complete article please visit UF Newsroom

If you or someone you know has any questions concerning the federal hazardous materials regulations contact Wendy Buckley at STARS Consulting

November 28, 2014: (SA) Refilling Single-Use Cylinders

PHMSA has recently become aware of the adaptors that are promising to allow refilling of DOT 39 specification gas cylinders. Unfortunately DOT 39 cylinders are not reusable and have been manufactured as one-time use only. Federal law prohibits anyone from refilling these cylinders or transporting cylinders that have been refilled. Anyone doing so is subject to a $500,000 penalty and five years in prison. This warning is posted on the DOT 39 cylinders.
PHMSA stated “We strongly recommend that the general public refrain from refilling DOT 39 cylinders because of the one-time use design of these cylinders, and the purchase and use of any adaptor sold as a means to refill DOT 39 cylinders creates a potential risk of fire, explosion, serious injury and property damage.”
To read the safety advisory please visit Hazardous Cargo Bulletin

November 27, 2014: (PR) Transport Canada Established New Requirement for Rail Operators

Transport Canada is now requiring rail operators to hold a Railway Operating Certificate that would allow them to operate trains in the country. This requirement falls under the Railway Safety Act and applies to both new and existing companies. Existing companies do have two years to obtain the certificate but new companies will be required to have the certificate prior to starting operations. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, stated “These new regulations are an added tool for this government to ensure that railway operations are being conducted in the safest manner possible. Railway Operating Certificates represent an additional layer of Transport Canada’s oversight program and further strengthen its enforcement regime.”
For further information please visit Hazardous Cargo Bulletin