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…


Six Reasons to Pack an Air Pillow in Your Next Shipment

 

When you need void filler for a package, air pillows are the way to go. E-commerce giants have embraced air pillows because they are affordable and easy to use. Customers love them because they are way less messy than other shipping materials and they’re more environmentally friendly. Air pillows are versatile, they don’t take up much space in your warehouse and they make excellent void fillers. Continue reading…


Understanding the Emergency Response Guidebook: Why It Is Essential

 

If you are involved in the transport of dangerous goods or hazardous materials, being familiar with the “Emergency Response Guidebook” is essential. This book serves as a “guidebook for first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods/hazardous materials transportation incident” and is used in the United States, Canada and Mexico by emergency responders — including police officers, firefighters and paramedics — when there is a transportation emergency that involves hazardous materials. Continue reading…


Shipping Hazardous Materials in IBC Containers: What You Need to Know

 

When shipping hazardous materials, you’ll need to follow numerous regulations and meet many requirements. These regulations and requirements are in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved in transporting hazardous materials and to prevent dangerous spills during transit. Intermediate bulk containers — or IBCs — are commonly used to ship hazardous materials because they are affordable and feature a modular design that makes them easy to stack and secure for transportation. 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…


Port Hurricane Preparedness Plans: The Ultimate Checklist

 

Hurricane season is the most dangerous time of the year for East Coast ports. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, the Atlantic hurricane season spawns an average of 10 named storms. Of them, approximately six become hurricanes, and two to three develop into major hurricanes. Ports in cities like Miami and New Orleans must take steps to ensure that they are prepared to deal with major storms and their aftermath. Continue reading…


4 Types of Hazardous Waste and How to Properly Dispose of Each

 

When it comes to properly managing and disposing of hazardous waste, understanding the exact types of waste your business creates is vital. Due to strict regulations, hazardous waste cannot be simply thrown out with the rest of your trash. Instead, it must be disposed of in a manner that complies with strict government policies. Continue reading…


Class 3 Flammable Liquid Class: All You Need to Know

 

When transporting hazardous materials, how do shippers correctly label their cargo? There are numerous classifications for a wide range of materials that are classified as hazardous or dangerous for a number of reasons, including explosiveness, causticness, and flammability. The class 3 flammable liquids class contains liquids with flash points of no more than 60.5 degrees Celsius or 141 degrees Fahrenheit. It also contains molten materials in their liquid phase with flash points that are no greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because there are numerous products and materials that fit into this class, understanding how to properly label and transport them is extremely important. Here are a few things you need to know about the class 3 flammable liquid class. Continue reading…


3 Ways of Ensuring Your 55 Gallon Steel Drum Makes It from Point A to Point B

 

While intermediate bulk containers are quickly becoming the container of choice for shipping liquids and granulated product, 55-gallon steel drums are still widely used in the shipping industry. These drums are affordable and can be used to transport a wide variety of materials. Ensuring that your drums make it from point A to point B safely, however, requires a bit of care. Though durable, they can be damaged while in transit if they are not prepared properly. In addition to damaging the drum itself, the materials contained within could also be damaged. Major damage to drums can also result in leaks. This, of course, is a huge problem when you are shipping dangerous goods. 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…