The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety advisory to offerors and users of DOT-39 cylinders. The advisory states that the cylinders with an internal volume that exceeds 75 cubic inches should not be filled with liquefied flammable compressed gas.
The Federal Railroad Administration issued Safety Advisory 2016-02 regarding the number of fatalities of railroad workers and contractors that occur during activities that fall outside the scope of FRA’s safety regulations but that are still under OSHA regulations.
FRA wants to remind railroads workers and contractors that it is important to identify hazardous conditions at job sites, conduct thorough safety briefings, and discuss any hazardous conditions. FRA urges railroads to take appropriate actions to mitigate those conditions. In addition, the safety advisory reminds railroad workers and contractors that OSHA’s job safety regulations may still apply to certain activities and recommends hazard recognition strategies.
Effective October 15, 2016, the safety advisory notice regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices (no. 2016-18) will be withdrawn. It will be replaced with an emergency restrictive/prohibition order barring such devices from being transported via aircraft.
PHMSA has issued a safety advisory concerning the transportation of damaged, defective, or recalled lithium cells or batteries, and portable electronic devices aboard aircraft.
Passengers are being asked to turn the device off, disconnect from any charging equipment, disable any application that may cause the phone to reactivate such as the alarm clock, protect the power button to avoid the device accidentally being turned on, and keep the device in your carry-on luggage rather than in checked baggage.
FMCSA has issued a Safety Advisory to owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles regarding electronic smoking devices. The use of battery-powered portable devices has caused explosions, serious personal injury, and fires. Explosions were frequently caused by the ejection of a burning battery case or other components of the portable smoking device coming in contact with flammable or combustible materials. While regulations do not specifically address any potential risks involving such devices, motor carriers and drivers are being asked to be cautious and use good judgement when using, storing, or charging these devices while loading, unloading, or operating vehicles transporting hazardous materials.
A safety advisory has been issued to owners and operators of TYTAL cargo tank motor vehicles with capacities of 8,400, 8,717, and 10,500 gallons. These CTMVs, which are primarily used to transport Petroleum Crude Oil (UN1267), are not compliant with Hazardous Materials Regulations and do not meet DOT 407 specification requirements. The 8,400 and 8,717 gallon cargo tanks have proven to provide inadequate damage protection during an accident. 10,500 gallon cargo tanks have also been shown to provide inadequate damage protection during an accident and are inadequate in venting capacity of pressure relief systems.
TYTAL has informed their customers of the deficiencies and is providing free repairs. FMCSA has advised owners and operators that these cargo tanks are not authorized for transporting hazardous materials until repaired in compliance with the HMR. FMCSA will initiate enforcement actions against any owner or operator found to be transporting hazardous materials in a non-compliant cargo tank as of June 1, 2016.
A safety advisory has been issued by FMCSA to inform owners and operators of some cargo tanks that their tanks may have been improperly inspected and tested. FMCSA urges owners and operators who received inspections from April 2011 through March 2016 by either H&W Tank Testing, CT # 8083, Ohatchee Alabama or Christopher Humphries, CT # 13131, Jacksonville Alabama to have their tanks re-inspected and retested.
Prior to operating any cargo tank vehicle that has been covered by the safety advisory documentation showing that the required inspection and testing has been completed needs to be provided to FMCSA.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration issued a safety advisory concerning the transportation of lithium ion batteries on aircraft. The purpose of the safety advisory is to inform those transporting lithium batteries of the actions taken by ICAO in order to enhance safety during transport.
The FAA Tech Centers’ research has highlighted several safety concerns.
Some of those concerns include the fire suppression capabilities not being strong enough on an aircraft to effectively handle the heat and flames that would be occur should the batteries catch fire and the flammable gases from a lithium battery fire may cause a catastrophic explosion.
As a result of this research and recommendations made by ICAO the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air 2015- 2016 edition has been updated to include the prohibition of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft that is not either contained in or packed with equipment. Lithium batteries must not exceed 30% of the rated capacity on cargo aircraft, and a limit on the number of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries that can be transported together on cargo aircraft.
FRA has issued a safety advisory to heighten awareness around railroads, railroad contractors, and respective employees. The safety advisory follows FRA’s investigation into the fatal accident that occurred when an on-track roadway maintenance machine traveling on main track collided with a motor vehicle at a highway-rail grade crossing.
SAFETY ALERT – December 11, 2015
Please post this message in your department for employees who do not have computer access.
Shotgun Shell Found In Coupler Locking Pin A shotgun shell was recently found placed in the locking pin of the coupler on the QGRY in Quebec. This type of mischief has potentially fatal consequences and serves as a reminder that employees must always be aware of their surroundings, perform thorough equipment inspections and report any suspicious activity immediately to CP police for further investigation.
|Situational awareness, knowledge of equipment and compliance with safety procedures are key elements in performing tasks safety. Should you encounter a similar condition as described above, please protect the hazard and report it to your supervisor immediately.|
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a safety advisory to notify freight railroads about the circumstances of the head-on collision at Hoxie, AR. and to discusses the risks that automated inputs that reset alerter warning timing cycles pose. A few of Union Pacific Railroad’s locomotives that are equipped with alerters had the horn sequencer reset without direct engineer action which reduces the alerters’ effectiveness. Union Pacific Railroad has taken steps to modify its locomotives in order to resolve the issue.
Currently, FRA is not aware of any additional incidents concerning locomotives that are equipped with alerters that reset without direct engineer action. However, it is urging all freight railroads to review the operations of any locomotive equipped with alerters and modify them as needed to ensure no system resets the alerter warning timing cycle without direct engineer action.
As a direct result of the derailment in West Virginia earlier this year the Federal Railroad Administration is issuing a safety advisory in an effort to remind track owners, track maintenance personnel, and rail flaw detection equipment operators how important it is that everyone comply with rail management programs and engineering procedures dealing with rail head surface conditions during rail flaw and track inspections. FRA is also reminding track owners to make sure rail flaw detection equipment operators are trained properly.
The derailment in West Virginia was caused by a broken rail, which resulted from a vertical split head. FRA believes this derailment could have, and should have, been prevented. Rail flaw detection equipment indicated flaw conditions at that location in December 2014 and January 2015. Unfortunately, the operator did not perform the on ground examination of the defect because he felt the reading was a false positive. Had the operator understood and identified the indications for various rail flaw conditions he would have reported the defect to the track owner. At that time the owner would have repaired or replaced the rail which would have prevented the derailment.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a few strongly recommended actions for certificate holders regarding passengers carrying lithium batteries in their checked luggage. Certificate holders should ensure all personnel handling passenger luggage are aware that they are required to report all incidents involving fire, rupture, explosion or heat sufficient to be dangerous to either packaging or personal safety that occurs as a result of a battery or battery powered device. Make sure the passengers are being informed that spare lithium batteries are not permitted in any of their checked bags. Evaluate the training and communication protocols that your company will follow in the event of an incident involving lithium batteries.
In addition to these recommendations, the FAA also urges certificate holders to ensure that lithium batteries that are in passengers carry on luggage do not exceed the allowable size or quantity permitted by the federal regulations, make sure spare batteries do not come in contact with metal while in the passengers bag, and ensure each battery is individually protected to prevent short circuits.
PHMSA has issued a safety advisory concerning Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc., also known as Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supply, Inc., located in Brooklyn New York. Liberty Industrial marked ICC, DOT Specification and DOT Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinders as authorized for hazardous materials transportation. They did not, however, properly test the cylinders and do not have authorization to do so.
If any of these cylinders have been taken or received from Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies any time between April 1998 and October 2014 they may not have been tested properly as required by the HMR. They are not authorized for filling of hazardous materials until they have been properly tested by an individual or company who has been authorized to re-qualify DOT Specification and DOT Special Permit cylinders.
Cylinders described in this safety advisory notice that are filled with atmospheric gas should be vented or otherwise safely discharged. Cylinders that are filled with a material other than an atmospheric gas should not be vented but instead should be safely discharged.
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Safety Advisory that recommends enhancing the mechanical safety of trains that are transporting large quantities of flammable liquids. FRA is recommending the use of highly qualified individuals to conduct both the brake and mechanical inspections. In addition, FRA recommends the industry reduce the impact threshold levels that are currently used for wayside detectors that measure wheel impacts to ensure the wheel integrity of tank cars in those trains. In an effort to continue ensuring the highest level of safety on the Nation's Railroads FRA may modify this Safety Advisory, issue additional safety advisories or take other appropriate action deemed necessary.
A safety advisory is being issued by FRA and PHMSA as a reminder to railroads that are operating a "high hazard flammable train" (HHFT) that in the event of an accident PHMSA and/or FRA personnel may require certain information during the course of the investigation.
— and thus should be provided as expeditiously as possible, upon request:
- Information on the train consist, including the train number, locomotive(s),locomotives as distributed power, end-of-train device information, number andposition of tank cars in the train, tank car reporting marks, and the tank carspecifications and relevant attributes3 of the tank cars in the train.
- Waybill (origin and destination) information
- The Safety Data Sheet(s) (SDS), or any other document used to provide comprehensive emergency response and incident mitigation information.
- Results of any product testing undertaken prior to transportation that was used to properly characterize the Class 3 flammable liquids for transportation (initial testing).
- Results from any analysis of product samples (taken prior to being offered into transportation) from tank car(s) involved in the derailment.
- Date of acceptance as required to be noted on shipping papers under 49 CFR §174.24.
- If a flammable liquid is involved, the type of liquid and the name and location of the company extracting the material.4
- The identification of the company having initial testing performed (sampling and analysis of material) and information on the lab (if external) conducting the analysis.
- Name and location of the company transporting the material from well head to loading facility or terminal.
- Name and location of the company that owns and that operates the terminal or loading facility that loaded the product for rail transportation.
- Name of the Railroad(s) handling the tank car(s) at any time from point of origin to destination and a timeline of handling changes between railroads.
A high hazard train can either be a train that is comprised of 20 or more tank cars that are loaded with Class 3 flammable liquid in a continuous block or a train comprised of 35 or more tank cars loaded with Class 3 flammable liquids across the entire train.
The FAA has issued an alert for passengers who travel with e-cigarettes. There have been several incidents recently involving e-cigarettes in checked baggage that have over heated and caused a fire on the aircraft. These devices can over heat when heating element is accidently activated or left on. It is now recommended that e-cigarettes not be permitted in checked baggage and should only be carried in the cabin of the aircraft.
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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.”
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The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Advisory (PHMSA) has issued a safety advisory to the public concerning any DOT-Specification or DOT-Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinders that were marked as complying with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) by Always Safe Fire Extinguisher and Safety (ASFES), located in Yonkers NY, are not authorized for the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce. It is important to note that ASFES has never been authorized by PHMSA to perform these regulatory functions. Cylinders that were serviced by ASFES from 2008 through present day and contain markings that list the date as a 2 digit month – star – 2 digit year may not have been properly tested. These cylinders are to be considered unsafe and not authorized for the filling of hazardous material unless they have been properly tested by an individual or company authorized to re-qualify DOT specification and special permit cylinders. Using cylinders that have not been re-qualified may result in a rupture of the cylinder which could cause extensive property damage, serious personal injury or death.
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US DOT ISSUED AN EMERGENCY ORDER REQUIRING RAILROADS TO NOTIFY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMISSIONS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION OF AT LEAST 35 TANK CARS OF CRUDE BY RAIL THROUGH STATE
Emergency order requires railroads transporting crude to notify state emergency response commissions; safety advisory urges use of tank cars with highest integrity
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an Emergency Order requiring all railroads operating trains containing large amounts of Bakken crude oil to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) about the operation of these trains through their states.
Additionally, DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Safety Advisory strongly urging those shipping or offering Bakken crude oil to use tank car designs with the highest level of integrity available in their fleets. In addition, PHMSA and FRA advise offerors and carriers to the extent possible to avoid the use of older legacy DOT Specification 111 or CTC 111 tank cars for the shipment of Bakken crude oil.
“The safety of our nation’s railroad system, and the people who live along rail corridors is of paramount concern,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “All options are on the table when it comes to improving the safe transportation of crude oil, and today’s actions, the latest in a series that make up an expansive strategy, will ensure that communities are more informed and that companies are using the strongest possible tank cars.”
Effective immediately, the Emergency Order (Docket Number DOT-OST-2014-0067), requires that each railroad operating trains containing more than 1,000,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil, or approximately 35 tank cars, in a particular state to provide the SERC notification regarding the expected movement of such trains through the counties in that state.
The notification must include estimated volumes of Bakken crude oil being transported, frequencies of anticipated train traffic and the route through which Bakken crude oil will be transported. The Emergency Order also requires the railroads provide contact information for at least one responsible party at the host railroads to the SERCs. The Emergency Order advises railroads to assist the SERCs as necessary to share the information with the appropriate emergency responders in affected communities.
FRA AND PHMSA ISSUED A JOINT SAFETY ADVISORY RECOMMENDING ONLY THE MOST DURABLE DOT111 TANK CARS BE USED IN CRUDE BY RAIL SERVICE
FRA and PHMSA also issued a joint Safety Advisory, Number 2014-01, to the rail industry strongly recommending the use of tank cars with the highest level of integrity in their fleet when transporting Bakken crude oil.
The Department of Transportation continues to pursue a comprehensive, all-of-the-above approach in minimizing risk and ensuring the safe transport of crude oil. FRA and PHMSA have undertaken more than a dozen actions to enhance the safe transport of crude oil over the last ten months. This comprehensive approach includes immediate and long-term steps such as: launching “Operation Classification” in the Bakken region to verify that crude oil is being properly classified; issuing safety advisories, alerts, emergency orders and regulatory updates; conducting special inspections; moving forward with a rulemaking to enhance tank car standards; and reaching agreement with railroad companies on a series of immediate voluntary actions they can take by reducing speeds, increasing inspections, using new brake technology and investing in first responder training.