Safely Shipping Hazardous Materials

by | Jan 25, 2016 | Transportation and Logistics

When it comes to hazardous goods shipping, it is important to understand the facts. It can be a complicated process if you are not sure where to begin. It requires a significant attention to detail and the following of specific procedures. Many rules and regulations have changed since September 11 and have made the process more complicated than ever before. The International Air Transport Association governs hazmat shipping on global and federal levels. There are so many requirements that it can be hard to keep up. Here is some information that you may find useful.

Classify before Shipping

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the maker of any product to create a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which will identify the physical properties of the material along with possible exposures and risks. The process will go by much more smoothly if you keep accurate data on the contents of your shipment.

Distribution Environment & Regulations

It is extremely important that you identify which modes of transportation will be used to deliver your products to their specific destination so you can then proceed with the proper regulatory steps. You also must know the complex regulations and requirements that are in effect for each mode of transportation. These rules will vary depending on the location. If you do not follow compliance, then you could suffer the consequences of undelivered packages, and large monetary fines.

Packaging for Protection & Documentation

Proper packaging is the most important factor when it comes to the safe transportation of materials that are hazardous. Hazmat packages that leak can create very serious safety risks for transportation workers as well as the environment. It is important that you use the proper amount of packaging, shipping containers, absorbent materials, and secure closures, so that nothing leaks outside of the package causing a hazard.

Make sure that you keep track of your shipment as well as the description of its contents via detailed paperwork. This will help you to keep track of the shipping process and ensure that it is handled properly throughout its journey.

Communicate with Your Carrier

Make sure you are aware of the requirements and limitations of hazardous materials from your specific carrier. Understanding their rules will ensure the safety of your package. Make sure you also stay in communication with your carrier just in case there are any problems you need to be made aware of.

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