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…

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.