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Steven Charles Hunt
Steven Charles Hunt
Steve Hunt is President of ShipMate, Inc., an internationally recognized dangerous goods training and consulting firm. Prior to starting ShipMate, Inc., he was the Chief of the Port Facilities & Container Inspection Divisions for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office in Los Angeles-Long Beach. He helped write many of the current rules for the transport of dangerous goods, including HM-181 and HM-126F. Hunt is currently developing a series of online training courses through ShipMateUniversity.com and HazMatU.org. For more info: +1 (310) 370-3600, [email protected]
Articles by Steven Charles Hunt
        “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” —Jack London Club store packaging has many advantages over conventional retail packaging. Many club stores (a large…
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Readers are probably already aware that there is a significant difference in how “aerosols” are defined by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the rest of the…
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I recently read that the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was filing suit against a major telecom company for disciplining several employees after they submitted complaints about hazardous working conditions or filed claims…
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The deadline for marking and labeling of products according to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Globally Harmonized System for Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012) is not…
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In the July 2013 issue of Spray, I detailed the increase in minimum and maximum civil penalties published in the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) final rulemaking, HM-258, on…
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  I began my career as a Dangerous Goods Consultant more than 20 years ago when I was working at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office in Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA. I was the…
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Many years ago I had developed a written procedure titled Receiving Government Inspectors. This was in response to an isolated incident whereby the client had badly mishandled the inspector’s visit by refusing a lawful inspection…
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The deadline for completing the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Globally Harmonized System for Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012) training is rapidly approaching. All employers must train…
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  On occasion, I will receive a frantic call from a customer whose shipment of dangerous goods has been frustrated for one reason or another. Such is the case this past week, when a forwarder…
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“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”  Benjamin Franklin The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its…
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Occasionally, I will receive a phone call from a rather upset and anxious client who has experienced some difficulty booking cargo with an airline or steamship line. Invariably, there is a difference in interpretation of…
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  I recently completed a dangerous goods compliance review at a client’s warehouse. On the first day, I reviewed their permits and licenses; examined several packages for compliance with domestic and international regulatory requirements; interviewed…
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  Many years ago, I worked at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. I was part of a small group that was responsible, in part, for reviewing special permit applications for those applicants that…
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  I am actually writing this article while sitting on a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand. I am here on a much-needed vacation. Knowing that I have to pay for this luxury, I brought my…
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I recently received a phone call from a client that had been shipping aerosols by vessel for years. They claimed that their shipment was stopped because it was not properly classified for transportation. I was…
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Two significant milestones toward global harmonization were reached recently. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) has eliminated the Consumer Commodity, ORM-D-AIR marking as of Jan.1, 2013, and Transport Canada (TC) has published its proposed amendments…
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The Jan. 19, 2011 final rule, HM-215K, published by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is, perhaps, one of the most significant rulemakings since its landmark rulings, HM-181 (adopts the international standards for hazardous…
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