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One of the true pleasures of the Dangerous Goods Symposium is hearing experienced hazmat professionals explain complicated issues so clearly everyone can understand them. New shippers in the audience have often been heard to say, "Okay, now I get it. Now I know how to make this happen in my operation."

Now you can have that experience with nothing more than a set of headphones: Welcome to Hazmatters—the Dangerously Good Hazmat Podcast!

HazMatters - The Dangerously Good Hazmat Podcast, listen to Hazmat experts discuss the latest issues facing the Dangerous Goods industry.




Hazmatters - The Dangerously Good Hazmat Podcast


Hazmatters LogoJanuary 6, 2021 // Episode 08 // #SouthAmericanDGRegulations, #SouthAmericanHazmatTraining, #MERCOSUR
Harmonizing Hazmat Regulations throughout South America

Just four years ago, regulations for road transport of Dangerous Goods in South America were based on seven different versions of the UN model regulations spanning almost 20 years. A single product could be classified in one way in one country and another class in a neighboring country—so shippers had to change placards and documentation with every border crossing.


That situation is now much simpler, thanks to efforts by Diego Gotelli—Director of the Chemistry Information Center at CIQUIME—to harmonize South American hazmat regulations.


MERCOSUR, the largest free-trade agreement bloc in South America, has agreed to a new agreement based on the 17th version of the UN Model Regulations, establishing a harmonized framework governing packaging, documentation, inspections, violations and sanctions.


Labelmaster now offers an online training course covering these MERCOSUR regulations in English, to help North American shippers transport Dangerous Goods to and through South America safely, efficiently and compliantly.

» Listen to Episode 08


Hazmatters LogoDecember 15, 2020 // Episode 07 // #COVID-19-vaccine-transport, #dry-ice-packaging, #UN1845, #liquid-nitrogen-transport, #UN1977
The Dangerous Goods Implications of Shipping COVID-19 Vaccines (Part 2 of 2)

Safely transporting hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be a massive and phenomenally complex cold chain logistics challenge. Distributing that much vaccine within the tight temperature and time parameters required for efficacy will be an unprecedented job.


Because COVID-19 vaccine doses need to be transported at ultra-cold temperatures to remain effective—negative 70°C or colder—shipments will require dry ice containers. And while COVID-19 vaccine doses are not considered hazmat, dry ice is governed by Dangerous Goods restrictions when travelling by air.


In this podcast, Labelmaster Senior Manager Jay Johnson, an expert on cold chain packaging and logistics, shares his insights into the challenges of dry ice transport, along with the completely different challenges associated with transporting COVID-19 test samples.


Dry ice sublimates into huge volumes of carbon dioxide, which will cause sealed containers to explode and create an asphyxiation risk in closed rooms. While pharma and supply chain veterans are accustomed to mitigating these risks, COVID-19 distribution will likely involve many people who don’t have the same training or experience.


COVID-19 test samples, unlike vaccines, are classified as Dangerous Goods. They are Category B infectious substances, and they present their own packaging and logistics challenges.


Labelmaster offers a comprehensive selection of temperature controlled packaging suitable for transporting both COVID-19 vaccine doses and test samples.

» Listen to Episode 07


Hazmatters LogoDecember 10, 2020 // Episode 06 // #COVID-19-vaccine-transport, #dry-ice-packaging, #UN1845, #liquid-nitrogen-transport, #UN1977
The Huge Challenge of Shipping COVID-19 Vaccines (Part 1 of 2)

Safely transporting hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be a massive and phenomenally complex cold chain logistics challenge. Distributing that much vaccine within the tight temperature and time parameters required for efficacy will be an unprecedented job.


Labelmaster Senior Manager Jay Johnson, an expert on cold chain packaging and logistics, shares his insights into what makes this challenge so enormous.


COVID-19 vaccine doses are not themselves Dangerous Goods, but they will need to be manufactured, transported, stored and kept at ultra-cold or even cryogenic temperatures to remain effective. That means dry ice or liquid nitrogen will be involved, —and both are governed by Dangerous Goods restrictions that will impact how vaccines are transported. Labelmaster offers a comprehensive selection of dry ice vaccine packaging suitable for transporting COVID-19 vaccine doses.

» Listen to Episode 06


Hazmatters LogoJuly 6, 2020 // Episode 05 // #dangerous-goods-transport, #international-dangerous-goods-regulations, #IATA-regulations
Compliance and the Human Factor

In Dangerous Goods, the focus must always be on compliance. Yet even in today's increasingly digital age, the hazmat supply chain contains many human interactions and touch points. How do DG pros account for the human factor in compliance—and how does a global pandemic affect those efforts?


We posed those questions to James Wyatt and Desiree Perez—two experts in Dangerous Goods air transport. Hear their answers in this fascinating podcast!

» Listen to Episode 05


Hazmatters LogoJune 15, 2020 // Episode 04 // #labelmaster-software, #dgis-software, #hazmat-shipping-software
Shipping Hazmat from Home

With millions of workers now working from home to slow the spread of COVID-19, organizations at every link of the supply chain are figuring out new processes on the fly. And, as always, Dangerous Goods make everything more complicated.


At times like these, your technical infrastructure can make all the difference. Hazmatters spoke with Mike Graves, VP Product Management at Pierbridge, about the disruptions supply chain organizations now face—and how the right technology can help solve them.

» Listen to Episode 04


Hazmatters LogoJune 1, 2020 // Episode 03 // #lithium-batteries, #counterfeit
The Danger of Counterfeit Lithium Batteries

In 2010, a fire aboard UPS Flight 6 caused a crash that cost the lives of both pilots. Investigation of the cargo revealed the presence of significant quantities of substandard lithium ion batteries, yet no shipper of those batteries was ever held to account. Labelmaster Consulting Partner Geoff Leach has devoted his career to preventing this sort of incident. In this podcast, he addresses several important questions.

» Listen to Episode 03


Hazmatters LogoMay 4, 2020 // Episode 02 // #hazard-class-3, #limited-quantity, #shipping-hand-sanitizer
Shipping Hand Sanitizer Safely and Compliantly

Senior Consultant Alicia Saenz discusses the regulations governing shipments of hand sanitizer, and how shippers can most efficiently comply with those regulations.

» Listen to Episode 02


Infections Substances LabelApril 27, 2020 // Episode 01 // #hazmat, #infectious-substances, #COVID-19
Shipping COVID-19 Patient Specimens Safely and Compliantly

Labelmaster Senior Manager Jay Johnson describes the steps shippers must take to ship COVID-19 patient specimens safely and compliantly.

» Listen to Episode 01




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