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…


Shipping Tips: Packing Peanuts vs. Air Pillows

When it comes to protecting items and filling voids in packages, there are several types of packaging material you can choose from. While packing peanuts were once the product of choice, more and more businesses are turning to air pillows instead. Both work well to cushion objects while in transit, and both are lightweight enough to do so without increasing shipping costs. With major retailers like Amazon making the switch to air pillows, though, many companies are realizing that they may be the better choice. Continue reading…


3 Myths about Gardening with Styrofoam Debunked

Talk to any gardener, and they will probably share at least one tip with you about how they use Styrofoam in their garden. Whether they have a flower bed, a veggie garden or even a container garden, there is a good chance they make use of Styrofoam in one way or another. And if they don’t, they probably still have a few Styrofoam gardening tips they learned from someone else that they would be more than happy to share with you. Continue reading…


What Makes Biodegradable Packing Peanuts Degrade?

We hear the term “biodegradable” quite often these days. With the ever-growing problem of overflowing landfills and waste making its way into our oceans and waterways, we have become increasingly concerned with producing products and materials that are classified as biodegradable. 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…