For as long as human civilization has existed on planet earth, people have been sending and shipping things. From hand delivered love letters and The Pony Express to UPS and FedEx, we are constantly sending communication and products around town and around the globe. Everything must travel – even hazardous materials.
The Secretary of the Department of Transportation defines hazardous materials as any substances that pose an unreasonable threat. For each product or material that is obviously hazardous; oil, combustible materials, Looney Toon style bombs, The Hulk, etc, there is one that the general public may not even realize calls for hazmat treatment. The DOT breaks these ‘unreasonably threatening’ materials down into nine classes: explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, organic peroxides, toxic substances, radioactive materials, corrosives and miscellaneous dangerous goods.
These materials may be hazardous, but they still have to travel. In order to safely ship hazardous materials around the nation and world, companies must meet a series of shipping requirements. These requirements begin with their containment and the handling of hazmat containers.
In order to be air-worthy, a hazmat container must be “designed and constructed to prevent leakage that may be caused by changes in altitude and temperature during transportation aboard aircraft.” Additionally, airborne regulations include proper closures, use of absorbent materials and maximum quantities for passenger-carrying aircrafts. It is the shipper’s responsibility that their containers are compliant with their location of origin and the intended destination, labeled according to their hazmat class and handled by trained employees. Should anything happen, proper and thorough incident reporting is the first line of defense.
The transportation of hazardous materials requires an immense knowledge of not only the products being shipped but also the regulations, requirements and capabilities of all packaging and containment options. Every class of hazmat material and form of transportation has a different set of requirements. If you find yourself unsure about the containment and shipping of any hazardous materials, feel free to consult the team at Skolnik Industries or other sources such as the 49 CFR.
Skolnik’s staff and containment offering will certainly meet, if not exceed, both your expectations and the standards and UN requirements of hazmat transportation.