FAA Proposes $170,000 Penalty against Optisource International for Hazardous Materials Violations

FAA Proposes $170,000 Penalty against Optisource International for Hazardous Materials Violations
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April 7, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $170,000 civil penalty against Optisource International for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that Optisource offered three undeclared shipments of hazardous materials to the United Parcel Service (UPS) on March 18 and 19, 2013 for transportation by air to Puerto Rico and Canada.

The Puerto Rico shipment comprised six boxes that each contained 16 ounces of ink remover, which is a flammable liquid. One of the shipments to Canada contained eight 16-ounce bottles of the ink remover and the other shipment was a container of flammable aerosol lens spray.

The FAA alleges that the shipments in question were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked or labeled in accordance with USDOT regulations.

The agency also alleges that Optisource failed to provide emergency response information with the shipments and to ensure that its employees had received required hazardous materials training.

Optisource has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

All hazardous materials sent using commercial transportation must comply with USDOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. These regulations apply to those who offer, accept, or carry hazardous materials to, from, within, and across the United States.