IMO announced that mandatory compliance with the forthcoming IMDG Codeamendment will start on June 1, 2022.
IMO plans to release Amendment 40–20 in early 2021. The new Code may be applied voluntarily after January 1, 2021.
Under normal conditions, Amendment 40-20 would have been published in Fall 2020. Compliance with a new IMDG Code amendment is voluntary in the first year following publication (i.e., 2021) and mandatory in the second year following publication (i.e., after January 1, 2022).
As of January 1st, 2021, the new international safety mark for “LTD QTY” shipments by ground transport in Canada must display this label.
It is important to make sure you and your employees understand when a limited quantity label is required and why. This will avoid refused shipments and protect your business from infractions.
This communication is intended to remind stakeholders that the following temporary certificates will not be renewed beyond January 31, 2021:
TU 0750.1: Training
Note: This temporary certificate allows individuals who had been trained and held valid training certificates on March 1, 2020, to continue handling, offering for transport, or transporting dangerous goods with expired training certificates.
A dangerous goods compliance audit provides a review of key compliance areas such as:
- Vendor SDS information as it relates to your dangerous goods inventory and shipping
- Internal measures to ensure proper shipping procedures are in place
- Dangerous goods quantity limitations, eg, LTD QTY shipments
- Packaging procedures
- Carrier restrictions
Although now more than 50 years old, the Li-Ion battery is still constantly improving: scientists are continuously pushing the limits and boundaries of current Li-Ion technology by experimenting with new ways to combine electrolytes, anodes, and cathodes to create a battery that is more energy-efficient, more cost-efficient, and much safer than its current form.
From using relatively cheaper (yet safer) materials like Silicon and Vanadium oxides to creating ‘nanostructures’ within the cells to create more surface area, scientists are thinking of new ways to improve the current Li-Ion batteries energy capacity and safety measures.
Separately in the U.S. on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report warning of serious adverse events, including death, associated with ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol.
From May 1 through June 30, 15 cases of methanol poisoning were reported in Arizona and New Mexico, associated with swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Four patients died, and three were discharged with visual impairment.
Health Canada says frequent use of hand sanitizer containing methanol may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches.
The interim policy applies to the following types of products imported from the United States only:
- cleaning products used mainly to clean, bleach or scour surfaces (but not products used to polish, protect or improve the appearance of surfaces)
- laundry and dishwashing products used mainly to clean (but not fabric softeners or other such products)
These products may be sold to Canadian work places with U.S. labelling and safety data sheets (SDS). Important information will still be present, but the product labelling and SDS may appear different.