How to Determine the Right Shipping Tape for Packaging Hazardous Materials

 

When shipping hazardous materials, even the smallest details matter. You obviously need to choose boxes and containers that are suitable for your application and then label them properly, but there is one part you may not have even considered: the right shipping tape. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has rules in place for just about every aspect of shipping hazardous materials by air, ground and sea, so it should come as no surprise that there are regulations on the types of tape that can be used and how that tape should be applied. Continue reading…


All You Need to Know About Hazmat Placards

 

Transporting hazardous materials is serious business. Getting these potentially dangerous goods from point A to point B without incident is a huge concern, and there are several laws and regulations in place to ensure public safety. Carriers must be licensed, and all hazardous materials must be properly labeled.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that hazmat shipments be placarded in most cases, and if your business plans to transport hazardous materials, you are responsible for providing the carrier with the appropriate placards. Continue reading…


Know the New Hazmat Shipping Rules for 2018

For anyone working in the dangerous goods (DG) industry, the regulatory standards that seem to change on nearly a daily basis pose one of the greatest challenges. Several big changes have been implemented for hazardous materials shippers and carriers in 2018. Several new rules are in effect for hazmat air and vessel shipments now, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) plans to begin implementing additional new hazmat rules throughout the year. Continue reading…


How Common Are Shipping Hazmat Spills?

Hazardous materials are defined as any materials or substances that, when involved in an accident or misused and released in sufficient quantities, pose a serious risk to property and the health and safety of people. They may be poisonous, explosive, corrosive, flammable, radioactive or otherwise toxic. Because they are commonly used in numerous industries, the shipment of hazardous materials is common. While there are numerous regulations in place, accidents still sometimes occur during shipment. Hazmat spills that occur during shipment most commonly occur as the result of transportation accidents. Just how common are these types of spills during shipment? Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading…


How Can I Avoid Hazmat Spills?

For hazmat shippers, carriers, etc., spilling hazardous materials is always a major concern. Such spills are unpredictable and, when they happen, the results can be devastating. While most hazmat spills are small and may not make the evening news, the National Response Center answers almost 11,000 calls per year related to hazmat spills. That averages out to more than one call every hour. Continue reading…


Are Infectious and Diagnostic Packaging Safe for All Forms of Travel?

 

Shipping infectious and diagnostic material is highly and strictly regulated throughout the world whether transporting by air, rail, sea or land. This is because when shipping infectious or diagnostic material, there is always a risk of the packaging being damaged and other cargo being contaminated. Thus, it is very important to follow specific guidelines when shipping this type of material, which include proper packaging and clear labeling. Continue reading…


How Safe Are Biohazard Pouches?

If you transport medical samples as part of your business, you’ll understand the importance of safe and secure biohazard pouches to transport blood and other pathology substances. This ensures not only the security and integrity of the samples but also maintains the safety of anyone who may come into contact with the pouches, such as couriers or airport ground staff. Continue reading…