Seminars on Sustainability, HazMat, and Infrastructure

The following in-person and on-line events address timely issues affecting MH&L readers. The topics these programs cover are in the news every day and the agendas are designed to help logistics professionals apply what they learn to their jobs.

Sustainability

Alcoa Corporation is hosting an interactive educational seminar on the bottom line manufacturing issues associated with profiting from environmental sustainability. The “Sustainable Manufacturing 2011 Program Series includes presentations on recycling, lean, and safety, as well as a facility tour demonstrating how Alcoa has implemented many sustainability initiatives.

This event will be offered twice: Alcoa Howmet in Dover, NJ on April 13, 2011 or Alcoa in Kingston, NY on May 4, 2011. Time for registration, continental breakfast, and networking is from 8 am - 8:30 am; the program runs 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; and lunch is included. Please reserve a space on or before 4/9/11 by: Registering online at: www.transitioningtogreen.com/manufacture or calling 973-984-0624. The fee for attendance is $295 per company for one or two attendees. Group pricing is offered on the registration form.

Hazmat

Shippers face rising enforcement and potential shipping delays under the new U.S. DOT Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures rule. The March 3, 2011 rulemaking gives U.S. DOT inspectors broader authority to stop, open, and detain non-compliant hazmat shipments during transit. All hazmat shippers, especially those transporting pharmaceuticals or other highly sensitive materials, must ensure all packages are in strict compliance with the rules. Failure to comply with the new rule will result in costly penalties, shipping delays, and returned shipments. Fines for non-compliance are now up to $55,000 per day, per violation for civil penalties and up to $110,000 per day, per violation for criminal penalties.

To help the regulated community ensure compliance, Lion Technology will offer several hands-on workshops featuring in-depth discussions of the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR) for ground shipping and the IATA and IMO Dangerous Goods Regulations for air and ocean shipping.

The locations and dates for Lion’s Multimodal Hazmat Training program on the DOT (ground), IATA (air), and IMO (ocean) rules are: St. Louis: May 2-5, Chicago: May 9-12, Detroit: June 14-17 and Cleveland: June 20-23.

Lion’s training on the DOT (ground only) rules are: Grand Rapids: May 9-10, Indianapolis: May 12-13, Cincinnati: May 16-17, Columbus: May 19-20, Pittsburgh: June 6-7 and Rochester: June 9-10.

The fee for the two-day DOT workshop is $695 per person. Each additional day (IATA or IMDG) is $495 per person. Registration includes course reference materials, networking luncheon, certificate of achievement, and one year of follow-up support. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, call (888) 546-6511 or visit www.Lion.com/HazmatShippers.

Transportation Infrastructure

Lawmakers in Congress are working on replacing the legislation governing federal surface transportation programs (known as SAFETEA-LU). However, a lack of consensus on how to fund those programs could make progress difficult this year. Whatever Congress decides will determine the role state governments will play in meeting transportation needs over the next several years.

This will be the focus of The Council of State Governments’ upcoming webinar, Federal Transportation Reauthorization, scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT April 11. This free webinar’s speakers include Peter "Jack" Basso of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Donna Cooper of the Center for American Progress and Ronald Utt of The Heritage Foundation.

To learn more about CSG’s Virtual Summit of the States, visit the summit’s home page. To register for the free event, visit the summit’s registration page.

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