15 Items That Could Require Hazmat Shipping

April 13, 2017 Comments Off on 15 Items That Could Require Hazmat Shipping

The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies hazardous materials (hazmat) by their ability to pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property during transportation through the supply chain. At press time, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) reported 2016 statistics with 5,578 in-transit hazmat incidents, causing $56,025,026 in damages.

Each hazardous material belongs to one of the following classes:

Class 1 – Explosives
Class 2 – Gases
Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
Class 4 – Flammable Solids
Class 5 – Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
Class 6 – Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
Class 8 – Corrosive Materials
Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

 

If one of the items you plan to carry is included in one of these classifications, you will be required to follow hazmat shipping procedures. Some items are clearly hazardous, but below are some items you may not have known could be classified as hazardous.

Adhesives that contain flammable solvents

Aerosol Products due to their explosive nature

Airbags that contain non-flammable compressed gas or explosive propellant

Alcohol 140 proof (70%) or higher alcohol

Alcohol-based Perfumes due to their flammable nature

Barometers that contain mercury

Dry Ice because it forms carbon dioxide and, when released, reduces the amount of oxygen in the air

First Aid Kits that contain bio-hazardous materials

Household Goods that contain strong bleaches, flammable liquids, acids and oxidizers

Mouthwash that contains alcohol

Nail Polish that contains acetone

Power Tools that contain hazardous batteries or dangerous liquids

Pressurized Caulking due to its explosive nature

Shock Absorbers that contain hydraulic fluid and compressed gas

Speakers that contain magnetized material

To ensure hazardous materials are transported safely, stay up to date on all hazmat regulations. Maintain proper training of employees to help ensure the shipment arrives at its destination safely and legally.

 

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