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Robert Smith

Robert M. Smith is CEO and senior instructor of CARGOpak Corp. based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Robert is a dangerous goods and hazmat specialist with more than 30 years experience as a consultant, UN POP designer, and dangerous goods and hazmat training facilitator.  His company consults with clients on various hazmat compliance issues  as well as develops and conducts training on dangerous goods/hazmat transport both domestically and internationally through a variety of training formats including web-based, on-site, and public classes.  Robert has assisted a broad range of clients in dangerous goods/hazmat transport compliance through the United States, Canada and abroad.

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DOT Increases Penalties for Non-Compliant Hazmat Shipping

Robert Smith | April 28, 2014 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat

As a hazardous materials trainer and consultant for nearly 30 years, I am always amazed by the complacency some companies that ship hazardous materials have towards the gravity of the hazmat regulations. At the risk of sounding like an alarmist, if not done properly, a routine shipment can cost a shipper an awful lot of money.

Time and time again, usually after the fact, the guilty shipper will say things like: "We only ship this stuff occasionally." Are we supposed to gather it's only hazardous sometimes? Or, "We've always ship it this way and never had a problem," assuming two wrongs make a right.

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Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

Robert Smith | March 16, 2014 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat, Export Compliance

According to current estimates, global manufacturers produce more than four billion lithium batteries every year. We use them extensively in all facets of our lives, and I personally can't imagine living without some of the gadgets they power.

As demand for lithium batteries has grown, so has concern about their safety. Regulators are closely examining all procedures for shipping these batteries. Why? Some battery consignments have overheated and caught fire. Once ignited, they can cause other nearby batteries to overheat and catch fire as well. These fires are very difficult to put out and produce toxic and irritating fumes.

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Keeping Up with Changes to the Dangerous Goods Transportation Regulations

Robert Smith | February 2, 2014 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat, Export Compliance

Staying current with your training certification is only part of your responsibilities as a hazmat/dangerous goods shipper. It's equally important to keep well-informed about any changes to the regulations and how they might affect your business.

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