Regulatory Helpdesk: December 25

Lithium Batteries & Hazard Communication

Welcome back to the Regulatory Helpdesk where we answer your dangerous goods & hazmat questions. Due to the Holiday week, we have only 2 FAQ’s worth sharing.

Check back weekly, the helpdesk rarely hears the same question twice.

More Lithium Batteries

Q. We want to ship a 63 W-hr lithium ion battery.  Are there any issues with packaging 2 or more together in the same container under IATA 2018 and 49CFR?  If 2 or more are ok what is the limit?
A. Under IATA you have 2 options and it will be up to you as the shipper to make the decision as to how to handle your shipment. As you know the 65 w-h battery falls into the excepted type. Now, for IATA that puts you in either Section II or Section IB. By the way, be sure to grab the recently published Addendum!

For Section II batteries there is a change for this year. As per usual, there are several changes to the operator regulations. Also, these batteries cannot be packed in the same outer packaging as any other dangerous goods. 

The rest of the section still applies in PI 965. You are not allowed to offer more than 1 package prepared under Section II in any single consignment or shipment.

If you are using an overpack, you can only have one package of these batteries in the overpack. The overpack cannot Continue Reading…

What Is a CAS Number?

Here at ICC Compliance Center and depending on your application, we may ask you for a CAS number. When we create labels on demand for your exports, among other services, we will ask you to provide us with the chemical name and CAS number and then we are able to provide as few as 100 GHS compliant labels  and/or a compliant SDS.

Compliant GHS Chemical Label:

Compliant GHS chemical label

A CAS number or CAS Registry number is a unique identifier for every chemical substance dating back to 1957. The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is the responsible entity that is responsible for assigning a unique number to every chemical described in scientific literature.

A CAS number itself has no meaning. Its primary use is to avoid confusion between chemicals with similar names, or individual chemicals that may have multiple names. It is also used to identify the chemical when a generic or trade name is used.

A CAS Registry Number is separated by hyphens into three parts, the first consisting of up to seven digits, the second consisting of two digits and the third consisting of a single digit.

In short, the CAS number can be particularly useful in database searches because it allows you to search a database and easily pull every record for that particular substance or chemical. For example, “Methanol” is known by multiple names such as methyl alcohol, methyl hydrate, hydroxymethane and Continue Reading…

ICC’s GHS Hazcom 2012 Training Classes

ICC Compliance Center is excited to announce training dates for courses related to OSHA’s Hazcom 2012 (GHS standard). Classes are scheduled in our Niagara Falls, NY and Houston, TX training centers, and are soon to be scheduled around the country in the fall. We have four classes to choose from: A half-day General Awareness class; a one day “What’s Changed?”; a two day Manager/Supervisor class and a three day GHS Classification class. On-site training classes and webinars will be available soon.

We have four classes to choose from, depending on your interest. A half-day General Awareness, a one day What’s Changed, a two day Manager/Supervisor and a three day GHS Classification class.

Over the past few decades, the United Nations (UN) has been attempting to create a system with similar goals, that would be used (with possible minor modifications) on a world-wide scale. This system is called the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS.

OSHA has responded by modifying the hazard communication standard to reflect many of the concepts found in the GHS. These elements include: classification of hazardous substances, information to be provided on labels, and information to be found on material safety data sheets (or, as the GHS calls them, safety data sheets).

Training is the first deadline in the phased in final rule that was effective May 26, 2012. Training on the new elements Continue Reading…