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Why We Respect the Hazardous Materials Regulations

December 9th, 2009 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

An offset to our industrial culture is that we live among hazardous materials.

We need to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and the general population from the adverse effects of hazardous materials. Government regulations are very specific about what and how hazmats need to be safely stored and transported. Following the regulatory requirements can be difficult, sometimes confusing, sometimes open ended, but if you don’t follow these regulations, you are endangering all types of life, and risking regulatory fines, litigation, and even incarceration. During our current economic climate, with companies looking to reinvent themselves, I urge you to not lose sight of the importance of regulatory compliance for dangerous goods storage and shipments. Budgets are tight, most profits are down, and this is not the time to cut corners on compliance. Verify that any hazmat packaging supplier is providing appropriate, compliant containers. Like anything else, there are minimum specifications to be met and be sure that your suppliers are delivering the mil-thickness and quality of the steel that was ordered. Know your suppliers, tour their facilities, and be confident in their product integrity. In other words, find someone you can trust and stick with them – it will pay off in the long run.

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