ICAO council has adopted the recommendations of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission prohibiting all lithium batteries shipped by themselves (not contained in or packed with equipment) for transport as cargo on passenger aircraft. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries must be shipped at a state of charge not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity. The final changes to the provisions for lithium batteries are effective as of April 1st, 2016.
Cadmium; cadmium oxide; pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate (APFO); dipentyl phthalate (DPP); and 4-nonylphenol ethoxylates, are the latest additions to the EU Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) List. The complete list can be viewed here: http://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table. Of particular concern to many companies are the NPE’s (nonylphenol ethoxylates). These have been banned at >0.1% wt. since 2004 for consumer uses, but were given exemptions for closed-system industrial processes. The addition to the SVHC list will practically end the use of any NPE’s in the EU. Branched-chain alcohol ethoxylates will most likely be the chosen replacement for NPE’s.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is hosting a FREE two-day HAZMAT Transportation Safety Multimodal Seminar on August 11th & 12th, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
Representatives from US DOT, including PHMSA, FMSCA, FRA and FAA, and the United States Coast Guard will provide informational presentations regarding modal HAZMAT requirements and will be on hand to answer individual questions both days. Additionally, presentations on the fundamentals of the 49 CFR, general HAZMAT transportation, transportation training & security, and legal updates and reviews as well as other modes will be provided.
OSHA posted a document with the instructions for their inspectors. The document clarifies a lot of OSHA rules for SDSs, labels, training, and responsibilities. Here is a link to the full document:
Feel free to contact ChemTel for any assistance with SDS authoring or questions about OSHA regulations.
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