Technical Staff

DGAC's Technical Staff provides members with an opportunity to find answers to dangerous goods transport related questions.  If you have specific questions about the regulations, our Technical Staff is here to help you out.  Our experts are here to make suggestions, provide advice, and offer guidance that helps you make the correct decision in moving your hazardous materials. 

Meet the Technical Team!


Vaughn Arthur, DGAC President

 

Vaughn joined the DGAC staff in 1989 to provide administrative support for the training programs. DGAC staff was restructured in the early 1990s and Vaughn was named to the position of Director of Education and Training. He became DGAC’s principal classroom instructor in 1994 and took the helm as President in December of 2011.

Vaughn is a certified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA), has published articles in trade publications, and has contributed to course textbooks on hazardous materials transportation. In addition to training courses and conference presentations, he has been an invited lecturer at the International Maritime Academy in Trieste, Italy and at PIRA, International in the UK.  He and his family reside near Washington, DC.

Vaughn joined the DGAC staff in 1989 to provide administrative support for the training programs. DGAC staff was restructured in the early 1990s and Vaughn was named to the position of Director of Education and Training. He became DGAC’s principal classroom instructor in 1994 and took the helm as President of the organization in December of 2011.

Vaughn is well known as a trainer in the industry and has been teaching dangerous goods professionals how to properly use the regulatory texts for over two decades.  As those of you who have had him as a trainer know, he is very knowledgable when it comes to the IATA DGR, 49 CFR, and IMDG Code. 

His ability to explain the regulations to both new Dangerous Goods professionals and seasoned veterans has been honed over his many years in the classroom.


Delmer Billings, Technical Director

  • Delmer (Del) Billings joined DGAC early in 2014 as the Interim Technical Director. 

  • Del is an expert in dealing with questions related to the 49 CFR (HMR - Hazardous Materials Regulations).
  • Prior to joining DGAC, Del served in several capacities during his more than 35 years of service with the Department of Transportation, both with PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and the Office of Motor Carrier Safety. 

Most recently, Del retired from the USDOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety serving as the Senior Regulatory Advisor, Standards and Rulemaking Division. Del was responsible for directing and mentoring rulemaking actions to incorporate special permits and approvals into the Hazardous Materials Regulations and well as generally managing other regulatory issues and various special projects.


 Mike Morrissette, Technical Adviser

Mike Morrissette
 
Mike Morrissette joined the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council in 1995 as Technical Director and was elected President in 2005. He retired as President in 2011, but has remained on staff as a Technical Adviser.

Prior to joining DGAC, Mike has spent 25 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in various positions involving regulations development for the mirtime transport of dangerous goods.  During his tenure with the Coast Guard, he served as Vice Chairman of the IMO's Bulk Liquids and Gases Sub-Committee. Mike still actively participates as a DGAC delegate to various IMO meetings.

If you have questions related to IMO (IMDG Code), Mike Morrissette is your guy.


E. Andy Altemos, Staff Associate

Edward A. Altemos has held key positions in the hazardous materials regulations development field with the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Transportation (DOT) and at the international level. At DOT he was responsible for all activities relating to the development of international hazardous materials transport requirements in all modes of transport. He represented the United States before various international organizations involved in the development of such regulations, including the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He provided guidance to shippers and carriers on domestic and international hazardous materials transport requirements. Immediately prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Altemos was employed by ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, where he was responsible for world-wide implementation of international regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials in aircraft.

Jerry Cox, DGAC Counsel

 

Jerry Cox has been involved with the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (formerly HMAC) in various capacities since 1981 and has successfully defended several companies accused of hazardous materials violations.  In addition to handling DGAC's corporate legal matters, Mr. Cox provides members free initial consultations on highly technical legal and regulatory requirements and problems.

As Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator John C. Danforth, Mr. Cox played a key role in congressional consideration of amendments to the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act involving federal preemption of state and local routing restrictions. When he returned to private practice, Mr. Cox became DGAC's Registered Agent and participated in DGAC meetings and global conferences. His work for several clients has eliminated or substantially reduced civil penalties and litigation costs.

In addition to his DGAC responsibilities, Mr. Cox also helps clients deal with a wide variety of issues involving the U.S. Government, foreign governmental organizations (especially in Europe) and several international standards-setting bodies.

Mr. Cox has been admitted to practice in several state and federal courts. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and University of Virginia School of Law.