Canada’s Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, recently proposed new amendments for the regulation of dangerous goods. This said proposal mainly focuses on the broadening of the coverage of the original reporting requirements, and the enhancement of the current emergency response and risk analysis procedures.
The increasing number of rail derailment is becoming a safety concern and pushing government bodies to implement tougher maintenance standards and stricter inspections for railroad tracks. This, to prevent derailments of freight trains, especially those carrying hazardous materials such as volatile crude oil.
Mining has been one of the most important industries in Australia. It made great impacts not only on the national economy but in immigration patterns as well. In early 1840s, silver and copper began to be mined and in 1851, deposits of gold was discovered in New South Wales and Victoria.
Thailand - The Transport of Ministry aims to solve aviation safety problems, which have been becoming urgent because of the alarming increase in air disasters in the past few weeks. This includes using Article 44 to recertify 41 airlines before July of this year.
Thieves are at it again; stealing dangerous good products by accident. Last April 17 in Mexico City, it was reported that there were car thieves who stole a container from a truck not knowing what was really inside. Unknown amongst them, the container consists of a dangerous radioactive isotope called Iridium 192 which is commonly used in industrial radiography for non-destructive testing and medical x-rays.
Members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on to the government to impose criminal acts on those companies and individuals who are misdeclaring their shipment of dangerous goods.
In Melbourne, Australia, the Carmichael Mine of Indian multinational company, Adani, was defended in the Queensland court as a project that would not directly affect the world’s largest coral reef system, which is the Great Barrier Reef. A case was filed against the 16.5 billion dollar project by an environmental lobby that believes that the extracting of coals of the Carmichael Mine will have a terrible effect on the said natural reef, causing environmental, economic, and social problems.
Following an internal safety assessment, Qantas and Jetstar will no longer accept shipments of UN34Following an internal safety assessment, Qantas and Jetstar will no longer accept shipments of UN3480 lithium ion batteries. This restriction will take effect on 1 April 2015.80 lithium ion batteries. This restriction will take effect on 1 April 2015.
On 23rd February, a chemical spill in a family’s apartment located in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada took the life of an eight-month old baby. Four other children were in a critical condition after exposure to Phosphine, a pesticide used to kill bed bugs.
There are currently six sets of regulations on dangerous goods handling and transportation in Western Australia. In a few months time, these will be consolidated in one uniform reform, whose goal is to enhance safety, Bill Marmion, Mines and Petroleum Minister, announced recently.