ICC Compliance Center
New Product: Automotive Airbag Shipper

We are pleased to announce the following addition to our product line: PK-17SPAIR Automotive Air Bag Shipper

Description:

This Automotive Air Bag shipper has been tested to meet the requirements of shipping airbag modules. Simply wrap the unit in bubble wrap (included), add packing peanuts and apply all the necessary labels.

For more information or to purchase this product, visit our website.

UN Packaging New Labels
Test Your Dangerous Goods Packaging Knowledge

Test what you know about dangerous goods packaging regulations.

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Lithium
Lithium Battery Labels as of Feb 1, 2017

Lithium Batteries, Laptop battery

UPDATE: The download link has been updated to current regulatory standards for August 1, 2017.

Please see: Lithium Battery Marks and Labels August 2017

Both 49 CFR and TDG are expecting to harmonize lithium battery labels into the regulations; however, both regulations are pending. HM-215N (49 CFR) was recalled, and will not be reissued for at least 60 days.

Transport Canada has not provided an ETA on the harmonization.

Find out the correct labels to use below:

 

Lithium Battery Labels as of August 1, 2017

Single Packaging
Can You Spot the Errors on this UN Package?

Test your dangerous goods knowledge and see if you can find all five errors/missing information on this UN performance package.

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IATA
Can You Spot the Errors in This IATA Form?

Test your dangerous goods knowledge and see if you can find all 20 errors in this IATA Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods form. If you find this difficult, don’t be discouraged, we can help! We have a dedicated regulatory staff available to our customers. Call ICC today!

 

 
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OSHA
OSHA Talks Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

My husband is a rocker. He loves heavy metal music and listens to it often. There is no better channel for him than “Hair Nation” on Sirius XM radio. Having grown up with him, I know he has attended every concert available including Bon Jovi, Ratt, Metallica, Poison, and the like. One of his best memories is seeing Motorhead perform while we were living in Austria. To this day he still goes to concerts, but now the bands include Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin. What is interesting is his approach to going to concerts now as compared to when he was younger. You guessed it. The biggest change is the use of ear plugs.

I’m not sure if this change is due to getting older or the fact that being in a safety role he now realizes how damaging the level of music at these concerts is to his hearing. (You can insert your own joke about men or women having “selective” hearing here.)

two workers wearing ear protection

Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge

In a recent press release OSHA indicated that every year 22 million workers risk losing their hearing due to workplace noise hazards. The estimated worker’s compensation costs for this disability is Continue Reading…

Hazmat Personal Protection Equipment
Drywall and Dust Exposure

Being a Home Owner Working in Safety

A part of being a homeowner is maintaining the structure and surrounding area. We do this to keep the city and neighbors happy, but also to keep the house in good working order. If you look around your neighborhood, yards are mowed and houses are painted. You will even see the occasional furniture delivery or roofer in the area. Another part of home ownership is keeping the inside up to date. After all indoor plumbing is nice and there is always the chance that the house will be sold in the future.

Our home is currently 16 years old and we’ve been in it for 8 years. It has not been updated much beyond some interior paint and a new roof thanks to St. Louis hail storms. We decided to update a bathroom. Easy enough given how small they are, right? It turns out we needed to gut the bathroom down to the studs since it was covered in wallpaper. During the demolition there was a ton of dust generated. Now that new drywall is up it has to be “mudded and sanded” which created even more dust. What was fascinating was the fact none of the folks Continue Reading…

AM Radio
AM Radio and TSCA Reform

TSCA Reform

Every generation believes the one before it had an easier or simpler life. Take some time and talk to someone much older or younger than yourself and talk about things such as technology or medicine just to see the differences in a span as small as five or ten years. Another example is entertainment. Long before the Kardashians, Reality TV. and the internet there was simply radio. Back in the early 1900’s there were only one option. That option was the amplitude modulation (AM) radio which was originally called “radiotelephone”. It wasn’t until the 1920’s when the “broadcasting” of voices and songs began. In order to hear these “broadcasts” people had to tune in to a particular station in order to listen. We still do this today but there are now pre-set buttons and digital numbers that make it easy. In order to keep listeners, the tag line of “stay tuned” was created.  This was a way for radio announces to tell their audience that more information was expected on a story.

So how does AM radio and “stay tuned” apply to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)? In regards to this regulation which has not changed for over forty years, Continue Reading…

OSHA Update
Crystalline Silica Rule (Part 3)

Well, here you have it the 3rd and final part to my Silica blog series. As I had mentioned in my previous blog the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curtail lung cancer, silicosis, COPD and kidney disease in workers by regulating their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is included into two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

Silica Rule

In review from previous blogs OSHA estimates that this rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.1

This ruling for Silica will reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micro grams per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour Continue Reading…

OSHA Update
2 Million Plus Workers Get Protection From Deadly Dust! (Part 2)

Silicosis and OSHA Standards

As you may recall in my last blog, I spoke of a tragic story out of West Virginia. It was the Hawk’s Nest Industrial Incident and the repercussions on the people of that time in the 1930s. Up to date each year illness continues takes the lives of thousands of workers. One of these illness still present is caused by a deadly dust – crystalline silica which can cause Silicosis. It is approximated that 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work. Over time workers have come to count on OSHA to adopt standards to be enforced in the workplace. These standards aid in the reduction of the risks to workers from contracting illness or injury in the workplace.

Let’s review what crystalline silica is. Crystalline silica is an important industrial material found largely in the earth’s crust and is commonly found in the likes of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. It is found in materials that we see every day in the construction of roads, buildings, and sidewalks. Silica dust occurs in the workplace when operations involve cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone. It can also Continue Reading…