Procedures for Shipping Hazardous Materials

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Procedures for Shipping Hazardous Materials
Procedures for Shipping Hazardous Materials

For many people, uttering the phrase “hazardous materials” conjures mental images of nuclear waste, human blood, and things that explode. But many of the items that we rely on each day, such as bleach, hair spray, and cell phones, also earn the same distinction. Having a solid grasp of the additional freight requirements for shipping these products makes all the difference in client satisfaction. Here are the procedures for shipping hazardous materials and what they mean for your company.

Classify the Materials

The first thing to do when transporting any hazardous materials is to identify the classification for the item. There are a total of nine different categories that products can fall under, and each group comes with unique requirements. The nine different classifications are:

  • Class 1: Explosives
  • Class 2: Gases
  • Class 3: Flammable Liquid and Combustible Liquid
  • Class 4: Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, and Dangerous When Wet
  • Class 5: Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide
  • Class 6: Poison (Toxic) and Poison Inhalation Hazard
  • Class 7: Radioactive
  • Class 8: Corrosive
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous

Select Appropriate Packaging

Be sure that your packaging is appropriate to the individual hazardous material you are transporting. This includes using performance packaging that follows the manufacturer’s instructions for inner packing and closing materials when necessary. The purpose of performance packaging is to contain the hazmat in the event of an emergency.

Prepare Shipping Papers

When preparing the paperwork, don’t forget to include hazard communications with your products that detail the specific hazmat. When required, be sure to fill out the additional paperwork and provide information such as the hazard class, quantity, and emergency contact information.

Check Carrier Requirements

Finally, be sure to check with your carrier to ensure you meet any additional requirements and follow all appropriate procedures for shipping hazardous materials they have in place. This can include specific insurance, pickup times, and price adjustments for taking on the additional risk.

At Diversified Transportation Services, we understand the challenges of shipping hazmat products around the globe. We are a proud 3pl provider that works with our network to create the best prices and procedures for each stage in the freight delivery process.

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