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…

Find Out What Happens When Organs Are Donated

We have all watched the organ transplant scene in a medical drama film where a transplant team member runs down the hospital hallway to the operating room carrying a heart in a conventional cooler intended for keeping sandwiches fresh and beer ice cold. While organ transport methods may have used a beer cooler in the past, over the last 60 years the organ transplant procedure has developed into a very sophisticated and precise scientific process including the use of shipping containers designed explicitly for organs. Continue reading…

How Do Our 5-Gallon Bucket Heaters Work?

Bucket heaters are a versatile and convenient heating solution with a range of applications. Whether you need to heat liquids for brewing, warm food, keep honey in a liquid state, maintain products at specific temperatures for storage, prevent freezing or heat oils, bucket heaters are just what you need. Continue reading…

Newest Member on the “No-Fly” List – Smart Luggage

On Friday, Dec. 3, American Airlines and other U.S. carriers unilaterally announced that “as part of safety management and risk mitigation,” smart bags, also known as smart luggage, would not be allowed on their planes if the lithium ion battery couldn’t be removed. The policy change took effect on Jan. 15., and the industry is fighting back.

According to, Tomi Pierucci, CEO of Bluesmart, and other smart luggage manufacturers vowed to fight the ban, planning to work with carriers directly to acquire exemptions. No changes have been implemented, yet.

The decision to ban smart luggage came as a result of the updated IATA regulations and concerns over lithium batteries on aircrafts. If punctured, the batteries have the potential to ignite in airplane cargo holds. The bags are still allowed allowed in passenger cabins.

Smart luggage isn’t the only technology banned from flying. View a list of other smart items that have made the “no-fly” list.

  • Smart balance wheels/boards such as Hoverboard, Airboard and Skateboard

  • Self-balancing wheeled devices such as Ninebot

  • Battery-assisted bicycles such as e-bikes

  • Wheeled vehicles or motorcycles

  • Electrically-powered scooters

  • Riding, motorized suitcases

These items would have to be packaged and transported as dangerous goods, instead. 

All About Our Justrite Safety Cans

justrite can isolatedJustrite safety cans provide a safe, quality product that has been carefully tested to ensure compliance with all federal and state codes and regulations.

Justrite has led the industry since 1906, providing storage products for hazardous materials that minimize the risk of spills, fires, and environmental pollution.

About Justrite

Justrite began manufacturing safety cans in 1906. The company marketed safety cans to store kerosene and miners’ lamps.

During World War II, the U.S. Defense Department had a large contract with Justrite for the production and delivery of lamps and cans used by the Navy and Air Corps. Products such as the 3-D Head Lamp, dating from 1937 and used by Navy maintenance men in the cramped spaces of ships and submarines, and the A-3 flashlight dating to 1942, used by the U.S. Army Air Corps, have become collectors’ items.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has set specific standards that meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and with which Justrite products comply.

Specifically, NFPA Code 30 and OSHA 1920 define a safety can as having a maximum capacity of five gallons, spring closing lid, and a cover for the spout that will bleed off any internal pressure should the can be exposed to fire. The can design must eliminate one or more of the three requirements for combustion: heat, oxygen, or fuel.

Justrite cans also meet all the strict California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, which have been adopted by or are going through the legislative process for standards compliance changes in 16 other states.

Justrite safety cans have been exhaustively tested and meet or exceed all requirements.

Flammable versus Combustible

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Justrite meets the standards for containers for flammable and combustible liquids. Flammable liquids have flash points below 100° Fahrenheit, with a vapor pressure of less than 40 PSI.

Combustible liquids have flash points at or above 100° Fahrenheit.

Testing Agencies

Several third-party testing agencies have rigorously tested Justrite cans. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), one of the most prestigious scientific testing agencies since 1896, has certified the Justrite safety products. Factory Mutual (FM), who along with UL is the most universally recognized global scientific testing agency, has also certified the products.

How the Justrite Can Works

Each can has a dual-density flame arrester and self-closing, leak-proof lid. Denying oxygen to the contents of the can prohibits combustion. The gasketed lid ensures the seal remains intact.

The lid has a spring-loaded mechanism that automatically closes.

Justrite has added a pressure relief vent that will automatically vent should the pressure inside reach between 3 and 5 PSIG. This prevents a rupture or explosion of the contents in the event of a fire.

Additional Safety Features

The company constructs the safety cans from materials that are chemical and corrosion resistant. Each can has an extra thick bottom to help further contain any liquids that may remain in the can for extended periods of time. A thicker bottom resists punctures if the can is set down on an uneven or jagged surface.

The precision-made arrestor screen prohibits any debris from flowing up the nozzle, an important addition in the event of a flashback.

The nozzles length exceeds the standards, giving you a faster, safer flow when filling.

Ergonomic Design

The can design makes pouring and handling much simple and easier than other brands. The trigger mechanism does not require finger muscles. Instead, the way the can is built leverages the liquid’s weight against the way the can opens to allow you to pour loads of 60 pounds or more with minimal effort.

It has a full-fisted grip and a swinging handle to help make pouring even easier.

Types of Safety Cans

red justrite safety can isolatedJustrite cans come in various capacities and models, making them convenient for storage depending on your needs. In addition to the largest permitted, 5-gallon containers, there are one-gallon, 2-gallon, 2 ½-gallon, and even 1-pint containers.

Type I cans have metallic bodies while Type II cans may have non-metallic construction.

Construction Materials

For Type I cans, Justrite uses 24-gauge premium coated steel, with chemically resistant features that permit you to store gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and a number of other liquids.

The sides of the can have a set of reinforcing ribs so that if you bump or bang the can, you don’t risk puncture or breakage.

The spout is also constructed of heavy-gauge steel, resistant to scratches, dings, or nicks.


As required by OSHA, most Justrite safety cans are red with a wide yellow band for stenciling so you can easily identify the contents. This is critical, especially when you have several different flammable or combustible liquids in storage. Blue is commonly used to store kerosene, and yellow stores diesel fuel.

Our Best HAZMAT Cabinets

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HAZMAT — or hazardous materials — storage cabinets protect against fires, spills, contamination, and accidental poisonings. Unlike standard storage cabinets, manufacturers build these with specific distinctive features and to certain specifications. Continue reading…