Hazard Class 101: Know How to Categorize Your Hazardous Materials

 

If you are involved in the shipment of hazardous materials, there are several regulations you need to know about and follow. One of the most important steps you must take as a shipper is properly categorizing your hazardous materials. Assigning the proper category indicates that you have packaged the materials properly and communicates to carriers exactly what type of material you are shipping. This, in turn, allows them to take the proper steps to safely transport the load. Continue reading…


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…