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How Are You Going To Ship Your Hazardous Material?

December 4th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Determining that you have a hazardous material to ship is the first step of safe and compliant transportation. Many companies are unaware that items that they are about to ship are classified as hazardous materials and must meet the shipping requirements of the US Department of Transportation (CFR 49). Now more than ever it is important to ensure that hazardous materials are transported in full compliance with the regulations. Notwithstanding, finding someone to help with proper classification and packaging can be easier said than done. DOT contends that classification is the shipper‘s responsibility and will not confirm classification. Few in the Hazmat community are available to help with the classification, packaging selection and the transport process. Issues such as new product development, changes in formulation, changes in packaging, and mode(s) of transport can all effect compliance. To help with all these issues, we recommend contacting Frits Wybenga of Dangerous Goods Transport Consulting, Inc. in Rockville, MD. Frits retired from DOT in 2005 after dedicating most of his professional life to domestic and international hazmat transport issues. He welcomes the opportunity to consult with those in need of advice on hazmat transportation. Contact Frits at: Tel: 301.929.1668 or email to: f.wybenga@comcast.net.

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