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…

Handling Hazardous Materials? 6 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in Hazmat School


Working with hazardous materials is a dangerous job that requires extensive training. In addition to ensuring your own safety, completing certain types of training ensures that you are in compliance with the United States Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. If your job requires you to handle, package or transport such materials, the regulations likely require that your employer provide certain types of training prior to allowing you to perform job functions that involve hazardous materials. Even if you are self-employed or only handle or ship these materials infrequently, it is still important to undergo the proper training. 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…

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…

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.