Archive for October, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: How Truck Drivers Can Find Safe Parking During Tropical Storms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is on the way. As a trucking company, it is important that your truck drivers have safe parking during the tropical storms.

Hurricane Sandy will  be hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Corridors starting today. During this highly publicized storm, your truck drivers need to make driving safety a top priority.

It is your responsibility to make sure all your drivers out on the road have a safe haven for parking in Maryland  during this severe tropical storm.

MMTA members can find safe parking during Hurricane Sandy by using the State Highway Administration’s Emergency truck parking portal here.

The emergency truck parking portal includes a mobile app that can be easily downloaded from any smartphone. The mobile app will help keep your drivers out of harm’s way by helping them locate safe parking nearby rather than struggling to find parking on dangerous ramps and roadsides.

The Maryland Motor Truck Association rather your drivers be safe than sorry. It’s your duty to do your best to keep your hardworking drivers safe. Give them the right information.

If you have any questions about safe truck parking, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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About The New ACC Location And Processing Rules

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

On Monday October 15, 2012 The Maryland Port of Administration (MPA) opened a new Access Control Center (ACC) for the issuance of annual MPA terminal identification badges and vehicle decal permits. The new ACC location is 2001 Broening Highway, Balitmore, Maryland. This location will be a one-stop shop for the issuance of badges and decals.

In other words, all new or renewal MPA identification badges and vehicle decal permits will be issued at the ACC Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

No requirements to obtain a badge have changed but processing is slightly different. Now, badge applications will not be accepted in person or by fax at the ACC.

Completed badge applications must be submitted to the Office of Security in one of the following ways:

  1. U.S mail
  2. Put in a designated drop box outside the Office of Security at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, 2700 Broening Highway, Bldg. 97B, Suite 203, Baltimore Maryland.
  3. Attached by email in PDF file format and forwarded to mpasecurity@marylandports.com.

All approved applications will be sent to the ACC within 3 business days after the date received and retained on file at the ACC.

The ACC does not accept cash payments for replacement badges.

There’s a $25 badge replacement fee that has to be paid by check or money order made payable to the MPA as well.

For more information call MPA at 410.633.1152 or email at mpasecurity@marylandports.com .

If you have any questions about MPA identification badges, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: MMTA’s E-News marylandports.com

About the eManifest Program

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

If you’re a truck driver that makes frequent to Canada, you need to get familiar with Canada’s new border rules.

Starting Thursday November 1,2012,  the United States of America’s truck drivers that haul low-risk cargo into Canada must register and submit an eManifest an hour or more prior to arriving at Canada’s border.

If truck drivers do not register and submit to an eManifest, they cannot enter Canada.

What is the eManifest? It’s an electronic document that provides information on the shipper, cosignee address, delivery name, delivery address, cargo description, package type, gross weight, and customs data.

To register for the eManifest program, truck drivers need to visit the Canada Border Services Agency ( CBSA) website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/ .

After registration,  the eManifest has to be electronically sent through Electronic Data Interchange or a web based portal from the CBSA website.

Truck drivers can only use the portal if they obtain a portal business account from CBSA and enter a carrier code.

If you have any questions about Truck Transportation, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:  MMTA’s E-News! – eManifest Program

About The New Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There’s a new 1910.1200 Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or (SDS) have been used for 30 years to inform workers of the physical health hazards of hazardous chemicals they could be potentially exposed to.

In the United States of America, MSDS is codified under the 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication system.

In March of this year, the OSHA modified 1910.1200 so that the code may align with the United Nations Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The alignment of the two systems will reduce the burden companies have with the care of hazardous chemicals by increasing the quality and consistency of information about chemical hazards and the protective measures that go along with workplace management and transportation of hazardous materials.

In the new 1910.1200 regulations, there are three information communication ways to inform workers of chemical hazards: Labels, Written Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Training.

The Container Labels have the following six components: Product identifier (name or number), Signal words of danger or warning, Hazard Statement, Red Bordered diamond shaped pictograms, Precautionary Statement and Identity of Distributor/ Manufacturer/ Importer by name, address and telephone number.

The SDS consist of 16 sections and 12 out of 16 sections are mandatory:

Section 1 Identification
Section 2 Hazard(s) Identification
Section 3 Composition / Information on Ingredients
Section 4 First-aid measures
Section 5 Fire-fighting measures
Section 6 Accidental release measures
Section 7 Handling and storage
Section 8 Exposure controls / Personal protection
Section 9 Physical and chemical properties
Section 10 Stability and reactivity
Section 11 Toxicology information
Section 12 Ecological information (non-mandatory)
Section 13 Disposal considerations (non-mandatory)
Section 14 Transport information (non-mandatory)
Section 15 Regulatory information (non-mandatory)
Section 16 Other information including date of preparation of last revision.

The Training has the new Hazard Communication Labeling information and SDS new mandatory format. The biggest change is the new container information for the hazard communication labels. This is good news for workers because the label information contains standardized information (exact same information) no matter the provider.

If you have any questions about Transporting Hazardous Chemicals, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: The New 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
GHS Container Labels

Sussex County: Virginia To Increase Tolls On I-95

Friday, October 5th, 2012

If you are a truck driver than frequently travels in and out of Virginia, you should know that Virginia is proposing to increase tolls on I-95 between the mile markers 20 and 24 in Sussex County.

The planned toll of the proposed increase tolls on I-95 is $12 with an additional $6 toll for exit and entrance ramps before and after the new proposed toll plaza.

Sounds outrageous? You’re not alone with the belief the Virginia Department of Transportation, also known as the VDOT Proposal, is a highway robbery. Many people believe the increase of tolls on I-95 are a waste of taxpayer money, slows down economic development of Virginia and the tolls will force major diversions in traffic to roads not suited for handling high volumes of traffic. A petition to oppose this increase in tolls is being collected.

To show your support for the petition opposing the increase tolls on I-95, sign the petition at http://virginiatollfree95.com/ .

If you have any questions about VDOT Tolls and Trucking Services, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:  MMTA’s E-News! Say “No” to VA Tolls