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GHS - HAZCOM 2012 - Are YOU Ready?
HazCom 2012: helping to make the world smaller for first responders
OSHA’s Adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
Bernadette Lindquist, PhD, DABT, Ashland Inc.
Keith Silverman, PhD, MPH, Ashland Inc. and National TRANSCAER® Task Group
The United Nations (UN) has long recognized that a common approach for
classifying and communicating chemical hazards would serve as the foundation
for effective national chemical hazard communication programs across the globe.
Learn More About GHS by reviewing:
HazCom 2012: helping to make the world smaller for first responders OSHA’s Adoption
Airgas Container Emergencies Program - ACE Program
ACE Program is designed to aid emergency responders in recognizing, identifying and understanding the basic components of cylinders, containers and cargo tank trucks used to transport Airgas chemicals. It addresses objectives for non-bulk and bulk containers used in the NFPA 472 Standard -- Professional Competencies For Responders To Hazardous Materials and WMD incidents.
To access this FREE online training program visit: www.airgasACE.com
Update on CI Review of TGO Technologies ChlorTanker™
On behalf of The Chlorine Institute:
In September 2011, TGO Technologies issued advertisements in various publications,
including the Washington Post, promoting the ChlorTanker™, which is described as a secondary containment housing for use on chlorine bulk shipment and storage. These ads include misleading claims regarding the Chlorine Institute Emergency “C” Kit and encourage stakeholders to sign a petition against use of the C-Kit, as this product is intended to be used as a replacement. At the 2011 Fall Meeting, CI’s Transportation Issue Team chartered a task group to conduct a thorough technical evaluation of TGO’s equipment and determine if it is a concept that could be considered for use in industry.
Since that time, CI has corresponded with TGO several times attempting to gather additional information. We have provided information to TGO at request, primarily CI publications. At the current time, TGO has not answered all of the questions the task group needs answered in order to complete a comprehensive evaluation. Many questions and concerns remain regarding TGO’s product. Also, TGO appears to be using the CI “study” as an additional marketing tool, misunderstands the Institute’s mission relevant to safe transportation of chlorine and continues to promote its product by providing misleading allegations regarding use and training of the C-Kit, as made evident by TGO’s most recent direct marketing effort to industry stakeholders on April 4.
The primary concerns that remain relevant to the ChlorTanker™ include:
· The equipment and its intended use are not fully compliant with DOT hazmat regulations;
· It has not been approved by the AAR for use in chlorine tank car service;
· It appears that the product has not been tested and proven as an effective piece of equipment for its intended use; and
· Recommended instructions for proper use of this new piece of equipment have not been developed and, therefore, cannot be made available to potential users. In fact, TGO has stated that the responsibility for developing such procedures lies with the users (i.e. chemical companies).
Because CI’s questions remain unanswered, after multiple attempts, we have sent a final response to TGO stating that CI will cease further technical evaluation and conclude communication. We did offer to consider further evaluation in the future if TGO provides evidence that it is pursing the appropriate steps for using its product in service (i.e. seeking AAR approval, developed recommended instructions, etc.).
Attached you will find a revised C-Kit briefing paper. The original briefing paper was distributed in December 2009 in response to TGO’s marketing outreach at that time. The briefing paper has been revised to address issues that surfaced during the recent communications between CI and TGO.
Learn More /docs/general/Sponsors/2012-04-09 - CI Bulletin - Updated C-Kit Briefing - FINAL.pdf
Please contact Robyn Heald, if you have any questions:
Robyn Heald, Director, Transportation & Incident Analysis, The Chlorine Institute, Arlington, VA, 703.894.4123, rheald@CL2.com, www.chlorineinstitute.org
PHMSA Releases DOT Chart 15
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
A Guide for Assessing Community Emergency Response Needs and Capabilities for Hazardous Materials Releases
This Guide is the result of a Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP)
project managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. This Guide is designed to assist emergency response planning organizations at all jurisdictional levels in assessing their needs for hazmat emergency response, in assessing their capabilities to respond, and in identifying and addressing any significant shortfalls in coverage. Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Programs Guide
Announcing the NEW Pipeline Emergences Second Edition
The National Association of State Fire Marshals, working with a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, releas an updated and enhanced second edition of the Pipeline Emergencies curriculum.
PHMSA's first priority is safety - they want to help provide you, the emergency responder, with the information that you need about pipelines and the materials you carry within your response area. They also want to help you protect yourself if you’re ever called to a pipeline emergency.
Find out more about Pipeline Safety by following the Official U.S. Government Website for Pipeline Safety. This is an excellent resource for everything you need to know about Pipeline Safety.
Crisis City (Kansas) provides state-of-the-art training facilities to all emergency response and support agencies, whether in one of its classrooms or on any of the training venues. Crisis City is a multi-use, fully functional training complex for local, state, and federal responders, Emergency Management professionals, public and private industry safety professionals, and military operations in support of civil authorities. Learn more by visiting Crisis City.
A new publication “What You Should Know: A Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program” is now available for download from the PHMSA
The Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) has compiled and released the Complete Training Guide for Ethanol Emergency Response, to help prepare ethanol producers, transporters and first responders who may experience or come in contact with an ethanol-related emergency.
CHLOREP Informational Bulletin KIT C Application with Next Generation Fittings CHLOREP BULLETIN Kit C Application with Next Generation Fittings Finall.pdf
Learn more about the Midland ERK and C Kit Mounting to the NGRTC “Enhanced Fittings” Package Midland ERK and C Kit Mounting to the NGRTC Microsoft PowerPoint -.pdf
U.S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DOT Chart 14