June 16, 2017: Applications for Modification of Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received nineteen applications for modification of special permits. Interested parties may submit comments until July 3, 2017. Comments must reference the application number and be submitted in triplicate.

List of applications for modification of special permits

June 16, 2017: Notice of Applications for Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received sixteen applications for special permits. Interested parties may submit comments on any application until July 17, 2017. Comments must refer to the application number and be submitted in triplicate.

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits

June 7, 2017: Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Webinar

The Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Action Plan, Health Canada, and OSHA have been working together to align the hazard communication regulations regarding workplace chemicals in the United States and Canada.
Health Canada and OSHA will be hosting a webinar on June 28, 2017, from 1:30-2:30 EDT for stakeholders to discuss future regulatory updates.
Interested parties are asked to join the webinar a few minutes early as there are only 300 seats available.

Access Webinar
Conference Number: PW4215051
Participant Password: 3535510

Participants wishing to join webinar via telephone:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-800-857-9638 (U.S. & Canada)
Call-in number: 1-630-395-0498 (U.S. & Canada)

June 1, 2017: Fire Aboard Jet Blue Flight Caused By Lithium Ion Battery

The FAA is investigating another incident involving lithium ion batteries aboard aircraft. During a flight from New York to San Francisco passengers became alarmed when they saw smoke coming from a carry-on bag. The fire was caused by a lithium ion battery in a laptop computer that overheated.
There have been 12 similar incidents on flights so far this year. Some experts have voiced concerns over a possible danger from requiring electronics that contain lithium ion batteries to be stored in the cargo area of the plane in passengers’ checked baggage rather than in their carry-on bags. Should a fire start in the cargo area it can burn unchecked for quite some time. Former NTSB Chair, Mark Rosenker, stated “Frankly, the safety community would find that a greater risk than potentially even terrorism. We do run a very serious risk of some potentially losing the aircraft.”

Fire on JetBlue flight highlights concerns over possible laptop ban expansion