Tips for Transporting Hazardous Materials

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Tips for Transporting Hazardous Materials

If you are a company that has to do with transporting hazardous materials, either regularly or just a single time, it’s important to know how to do so safely and effectively to prevent any problems during transportation. Envirocare Hazmat has experience working with these types of materials, and knows how to provide you with the safest and most effective shipment options, helping you minimize paperwork and pay attention to every detail along the way. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1: Know the Rules & Classifications

Hazardous materials (hazmat) shipping is governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (federal level), and the International Air Transport Association (international level). It’s important that you understand the process for classifying and declaring what is in your shipment so you can properly fill out the paperwork. You should already have a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to accurately identify hazardous materials.

2: Know and Follow All Regulations

Before you ship anything, make sure you research what type of transportation would be appropriate to ensure the highest level of safety and compliance. It’s also essential that your team is trained in their job-specific responsibilities. Take all necessary steps to ensure that the transport is done safely to avoid hefty fines, delivery complications, and other problems—or better yet, work with a transit company that has plenty of experience and can help you do it right.

3: Use Optimal Packaging

Packaging your contents appropriately is the key to making sure your materials arrive safe and sound, plus it means you most likely won’t have to deal with the risk of leaks or other problems. Make sure your packaging has the right level of cushioning, correct containers, and is securely closed prior to transporting it.

4: Keep Detailed Paperwork

Perhaps the biggest mistake companies make is in the details—not having the right paperwork or not having it filled out appropriately. If you ever wonder whether you should document something, the answer is yes.

The rules and regulations are constantly changing for hazardous material transit, so it’s important to keep track of the changes or work with a company like Envirocare Hazmat; we are constantly keeping up with security regulations to help you stay on top of what is needed.