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[post_content] => It can’t be easy being responsible for managing dangerous goods or hazmat compliance these days. Despite decades of work to refine and harmonise the regulations, there are still major differences between the modes and between countries, while new requirements pop up with depressing regularity – and not just in the area of lithium batteries.
Nowhere is that more true than in North America and in this issue, which includes our regular focus on what’s going on in that region, we look at some of the events and services that are out there that are designed to help the stressed-out hazmat professional do their job better.
We look back, for instance, to this year’s COSTHA Annual Forum, where senior regulators from around the world were on hand to explain the latest changes to the transport regulations – and why they are happening. COSTHA does a great job of getting those regulators in town to talk to industry and help dutyholders understand their responsibilities. It was also illuminating to see the number of hoops they have to jump through to move hazmat through Latin America.
We also look forward to this month’s ChemEdge event, the National Association of Chemical Distributors’ annual conference and trade show. Chemical distributors have to worry about the transport regulations but are also impacted by other provisions, not least the CFATS anti-terrorism standards. It is, though, noticeable that industry favours CFATS and NACD has had to lobby hard to get it extended at a time when the authorities in Washington are convinced that industry deserves to have what they regard as a regulatory burden eased.
Distributors also have to worry about the US EPA, and this year are faced with new and revised responsibilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations. This is one area where hazmat professionals will probably need to rely on expert assistance, something highlighted in this issue by Lion Technology.
For those working in the area of bulk liquids tank storage, the annual ILTA conference and trade show provides the opportunity to catch up with regulatory and technical developments and, as our report reveals, there was plenty to talk about this year, not least in terms of site security, safe management practices and the upcoming update to API 2350.
The North American hazmat environment does present some unique challenges, and the current surge in new business in terms of the production and export of crude oil, NGLs, LPG, LNG, ethane and ethylene is creating not just a lot of work but also a lot of new hazards. However, as all of the events we are reporting reveal, there are also many of the same issues that are facing the industry in the rest of the world.
For instance, the attraction and retention of talent is a major worry – and this is not just in terms of hiring and keeping truck drive. Getting youngsters interested in a career in the chemical industry or chemical logistics is just as much a challenge in the US as it is in Europe. But the growing use of digital technology – another global trend – may help by updating the image of the sector. Peter Mackay
[post_title] => Letter from the Editor: Let's talk
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Letter from the Editor: Let’s talk
// By Peter Mackay on 29 Jul 2019
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