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Amazon’s New Hazardous Product Warehouses

June 18th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

The shipping industry has to take the necessary precautions with hazardous materials to ensure the safety of the packaged materials, environment, handlers and the facilities the packages are being stored in or routed through. There’s no way around it. Any shortcuts could lead to costly disasters. Even if you’re a shipping and fulfillment giant, like Amazon.

According to a recent report, Amazon has decided to build separate warehouses for their hazardous goods. This decision was made after an accident involving a hazardous product in late 2018 resulted in the hospitalization of 25 warehouse workers.

The hazardous material in question? Bear repellent. Immediately following the accident, Amazon not only hit the drawing board to come up with a future solution, they also pulled thousands of cans of bear repellent, pepper spray and similar products from their fulfillment centers for the time being. Moving forward, these products will be in more secure, leak-proof packaging and will only be handled by humans and not the warehouse robots.

Furthermore, Amazon is holding the manufacturers of these products to a higher standard of safety when it comes to the packaging.

The new hazardous material-specific warehouses and fulfillment centers were already in the planning stage when the bear repellent incident occurred, but the accident certainly reinforced the need and escalated the timeline. The first of these warehouses will open this summer.

The new warehouses will boast special sprinkler systems and designated storage areas for flammable products, aerosols and oxidizers. Additionally, the staff at these centers will receive special hazardous material training, particularly on what to do in the case of a spill. As a further precaution, deliveries from these warehouses will be ground-transport only, no planes.

Ship It: Hazmat Containment and the DOT

June 11th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: HazMat

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.