For Immediate Release
May 9, 2014
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100; Email: Kathleen.Bergen@faa.gov
ATLANTA, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $63,000 civil penalty against Skinfix, Inc., of Halifax, Nova Scotia, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA alleges that on July 10, 2013, Skinfix shipped a quart of ethyl alcohol on a UPS aircraft from Bedford, Nova Scotia to Chatsworth, Calif. Workers at the UPS package sorting facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered that some of the alcohol had leaked through the shipping box. Ethyl alcohol is considered to be a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid.
Investigators determined the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and it was not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The box also contained no hazardous material inner packing, such as inserts or absorbent materials, and failed to protect against a release of hazardous material into the environment under normal transportation conditions.
The FAA alleges that Skinfix offered the shipment without providing emergency response information, and that the company failed to properly train its employees in packaging and shipping hazardous materials.
Skinfix has given the FAA additional information to consider before making a final determination about the case.