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Welcome to another issue of the DGTA newsletter. It has been a while, but we’re still here. Moving forward we want to provide you news and information that is relevant and useful. In each issue we will endeavor to provide you news on efforts that DGTA and its members are working for you to provide a voice for the dangerous goods trainer community. In this issue we provide an update on the DGTA’s participation in the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods 54th Session.

In addition, we will keep you informed on the latest dangerous goods news and regulatory activities and provide tools and perspectives on keeping your skills sharp in the classroom. If you have any sources of news or training resources that you think would be useful to share with the DGTA community, let us know.  

International Hazmat News

The UNSCOE TDG 54th Session

The United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods 54th Session is being held November 26 through December 4, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The DGTA holds expert status on the subcommittee. A few of the items that the DGTA provided comments on, from a DG trainer perspective,  include: (bullet listing of key items???)

US/North America Hazmat News

The US DOT Published Their Fall Regulatory Agenda

The US Federal government recently released their Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The official Agenda is published twice per year and provides updates and estimated completion dates for ongoing rulemakings. Included are the regulatory plans for US DOT PHMSA hazardous materials regulatory actions. A few highlights include:

  • Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable Trains [RIN 2137-AF08] —PHMSA is looking to expand the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRP) based on thresholds of liquid petroleum oil that apply to an entire train. A final rule is planned for November 2018.
  • Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft [RIN 2137-AF20] —This rulemaking would implement three emergency amendments made recently to the ICAO and IATA lithium battery air shipping rules. A proposed rule is planned for October 2018.
  • Harmonization with International Standards [RIN 2137-AF32] —This is the next installment of the biennial effort to maintain alignment with international standards. A proposed rule was planned for October 2018. Note: PHMSA published the proposed rule on November 27, 2018. Comments are accepted until January 28, 2019.

A full listing of the US DOT regulatory plans can be found at



The US DOT Increases Civil Penalties

On November 27, 2018 the US DOT published a final rule adjusting their civil penalties, including those under the hazardous materials regulations. This is an inflation adjustment required annually under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The adjustments increase the maximum civil penalties as well as the minimum penalty for training violations. The following table summarizes the changes:

Description Existing Penalty New Penalty
Maximum penalty for hazardous materials violation $78,376 $79,976
Maximum penalty for hazardous materials violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property $ 182,877 $186,610
Minimum penalty for hazardous materials training violations $471 $481


Source for Dangerous Goods Incidents

Social media is often a good place to go to stay on top of industry news. One such place for news regarding  hazmat/dangerous goods incidents is the Facebook Dangerous Goods & Hazmat group. DGTA board member, David Ritchie, serves as deputy editor for the group. Do you have other social media or news streams to help you stay on top of dangerous goods transportation news? Let us know and we’ll share with members in upcoming issues.

5 Essential Steps to Create Questions that Ensure Learners “Get It” James Summers, Langevin Learning Services [from Langevin’s “Train-the-Trainer Blog]

Why do instructors use questions in their training sessions? We use them to increase participation, provoke thought, motivate learners, or even summarize a topic. One of the most common reasons to use questions is to check for learner understanding. While asking questions may seem like a simple task, it is perhaps the most powerful tool we possess as instructors.

Asking the right questions could inspire our learners to new heights of vision and insight. A good question can inspire critical awareness, as well as help yield an unexpected level of understanding. Creating awe-inspiring questions takes the same amount of prep as your course content. READ MORE…