SAAMI Logistics and Regulatory Affairs Committee (SLARAC)
The SAAMI Logistics and Regulatory Affairs Committee (commonly called “SLARAC”) works to shape the constantly evolving transportation and storage regulations, both international and domestic, so that SAAMI products can be distributed economically, securely, and safely throughout the world. Education is a key function and SLARAC is dedicated to providing science-based information to regulators. The committee also keeps SAAMI member companies up-to-date on applicable changes in regulations.
SLARAC works closely with domestic and international regulatory bodies. Domestically, this involves the Federal Departments of Commerce, State, Transportation, Labor, Homeland Security, and Justice. In addition, SLARAC participates in the development of industry standards through their membership in the following organizations:
- International Code Council
- International Fire Code
- National Fire Protection Association
- Dangerous Goods Advisory Council
- International Society of Explosive Engineers
SLARAC relationships extend to foreign Governments as well as participation on The United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and The United Nations Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
SLARAC has produced two educational videos which dispel the myths as to the hazards that take place when small arms ammunition and/or smokeless powder are subjected to adverse conditions such as severe impact or to fire. The video, “Sporting Ammunition and the Firefighter” demonstrates sporting ammunition involved in a fire or subjected to severe impact. The companion video, “Smokeless Powder and the Fire Service” shows the effect of smokeless powder subjected to the same conditions.
The tests, patterned after the United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria, indicate that any projections would not significantly hinder firefighting or other emergency response efforts in the immediate vicinity of the package.
The videos, which have been widely circulated to fire departments, Governmental agencies, port authorities and airport safety departments, are highly recommended as additions to any library of safety publications.
Also, a product of the SLARAC Committee are the following informative brochures (See Informational Publications & Advisories):
- Lead Mobility at Shooting Ranges
- Recommendations for Safe Ammunition Storage and Handling
- Smokeless Powder (Properties & Storage)
- Sporting Ammunition Primers (Properties, Handling & Storage for Handloading)
- Sporting Firearms (Safe Handling Considerations and Shipping Guidelines for Interstate Transportation)
Transition from ORM-D to LQ
SAAMI conducted a seminar in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 14, 2013 featuring the change from ORM-D to LQ Ammunition and other SAAMI products and shipping methods. Updates from officials representing Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) were presented.