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Labelmaster Partners with The Dangerous Goods Office Ltd. & Viking Packing

International Dangerous Goods Specialists Join Hazmat Solution
Provider as Strategic Partners to Help Companies Comply with Shipping
Regulations and Maintain a Safe Global Supply Chain

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Consulting?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#Consultinglt;/agt;–Labelmaster,
the leading provider of products, services and technology for the safe
and compliant transport of dangerous goods (DG) and hazardous materials
(hazmat), today announced the addition of two new strategic consulting
partners – Geoff Leach, principal of United Kingdom-based The Dangerous
Goods Office Limited, and Dave Weilert, president of Viking Packing. The
partnerships enhance Labelmaster’s comprehensive suite of services and
products to support the safe and compliant transport of dangerous goods
around the globe.

Geoff Leach has become an internationally-recognized specialist on the
transport of dangerous goods. His background includes 30 years at the
United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), where he was head of the
CAA’s Dangerous Goods Office and served as a UK member of the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel –
and was elected Chairman in 2007. In 2014, Leach left the CAA and, in
partnership with Viking Packing, formed The
Dangerous Goods Office Ltd
, which offers aviation dangerous goods
training and consultancy to the industry and regulators around the
world. In 2016, Leach received the George L. Wilson Award, which is
considered the highest form of recognition for an individual based on a
lifetime of achievement in advancing the cause of safety in the
transport of dangerous goods. Geoff continues to attend ICAO meetings on
behalf of the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC).

“Dangerous goods shipping is complex and challenging, making it
important for shippers to have the right resources and processes in
place,” said Leach. “The partnership of The Dangerous Goods Office and
Viking Packing with Labelmaster presents a tremendous opportunity to
help companies shipping dangerous goods establish safe and compliant
practices and identify process gaps that put their global supply chain
at risk.”

As president of Viking Packing, Weilert has helped the company become a
leading manufacturer and distributor of packing solutions. Weilert
acquired Viking Packing in 2005, helping the company expand its
capabilities, products and services, as well as partner with Leach to
form The Dangerous Goods Office Ltd. Weilert added, “In addition to the
consulting support and industry expertise Geoff will provide, Viking
Packing will work to supplement Labelmaster’s packaging solutions to
deliver even greater value to its customers.”

Addressing Today’s DG Shipping Challenges

With thousands of items classified as “dangerous” and regulations
continuing to expand, shipping hazmat can have serious operational,
financial and environmental ramifications for companies. Yet, despite
the importance of compliance in the supply chain, there is a general
lack of confidence among DG professionals in their organization’s
ability to meet changing compliance mandates. In fact, according to a
recent Labelmaster
global survey
of dangerous goods professionals:

  • 51 percent found it challenging to keep up with the latest regulations
  • 28 percent were not confident or unsure that they can ensure DG
    regulatory compliance across their organization
  • 15 percent believe their company’s infrastructure ability to quickly
    adapt to regulatory and supply chain changes is “lagging behind the
    industry;” 65 percent said it is “current, but needs updating”

For many, these challenges are tied to inadequate infrastructure and
training. In fact:

  • 28 percent rely solely on manual processes for hazmat compliance
  • 25 percent feel that their training does not adequately prepare
    employees to comply with DG shipping regulations

Labelmaster President Alan Schoen said, “The risk associated with
shipping and handling dangerous goods is greater than ever;
unfortunately, many organizations put their company’s operational
efficiency, competitive agility, reputation and bottom line at risk by
not having the necessary knowledge, infrastructure and training to
ensure compliance across the supply chain. Partnering with The Dangerous
Goods Office Ltd and Viking Packing supports our commitment to helping
our customers simplify the complexities of DG transport by offering the
industry’s best packaging, services and guidance to handle and ship
hazmat in a safe, compliant and efficient manner.”

To learn more about Labelmaster’s consulting service, visit: www.labelmaster.com/services.

About Labelmaster

For more than five decades, Labelmaster has been the go-to source for
companies – big and small – to navigate and comply with the complex,
ever-changing regulations that govern the transport of dangerous goods
and hazardous materials. From hazmat labels and UN-certified packaging,
hazmat placards and regulatory publications, to advanced technology and
regulatory training, Labelmaster’s comprehensive offering of
industry-leading software, products, and services helps customers remain
compliant with all dangerous goods regulations, mitigate risk and
maintain smooth, safe operations. Labelmaster's dedication to supporting
its customers' operational and compliance needs is enhanced through its
unmatched industry expertise and consulting services, which serve as a
valuable resource for customers to answer difficult and commonplace
regulatory questions. Whether you're shipping hazardous materials by
land, air, or sea, Labelmaster is your partner in keeping your business
ahead of regulations and compliant every step of the way. To learn more,
visit www.labelmaster.com.


Stephen Dye
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