Shipping Hazardous Materials Freight: A Comprehensive Guide

Shipping hazardous materials freight is a complex and challenging process that requires specialized knowledge and expertise. It is essential to work with a 3PL company that has experience in handling and shipping hazardous materials, both nationally and internationally. Whiplash is an experienced 3PL company that can help retailers manage the dispatch and shipment of dangerous goods. The U.

S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires anyone shipping hazardous materials to be trained and certified. Even if someone else handles your shipment for you, you are responsible for properly packaging and labeling hazardous materials and for providing the required documentation. Fines for non-compliance and possible legal action can be imposed if you are found to have deliberately ignored hazardous material shipping regulations. Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) offers in-person and online training courses for UW personnel shipping hazardous materials.

Consult the list of hazardous substances and reportable quantities when shipping hazardous materials. EH&S offers a training class on shipping hazardous materials, which meets the requirements of the US DOT. You must recertify every two years. We also offer online classes for those who only ship certain dangerous goods, such as dry ice, category B biological substances, or dangerous goods in exceptional quantities. EH&S, in coordination with several other university units, offers assistance to trained UW students and staff who need to ship hazardous materials.

This includes training on shipping hazardous materials, advice and assistance on shipping hazardous materials, including classification of hazardous materials, labels, evaluation and regulatory interpretations, regulatory link between federal agencies and shippers, in the event of an audit or investigation. If your laboratory is shipping hazardous materials to other laboratories or locations, EH&S strongly recommends shipping materials directly from the supplier to the site, rather than shipping dangerous items from a laboratory at the University of Washington. Using a supplier to ship hazardous materials to a laboratory or other researcher is more efficient and almost always less expensive, as most carriers will add a surcharge for dangerous goods to the usual shipping costs. Sellers have all the shipping supplies on hand and tend to have a more streamlined process, as they ship chemicals and products on a regular basis. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) defines dangerous goods as items or substances that may pose a hazard to health, safety, property or the environment and that are on the list of dangerous goods in this Regulation or that are classified in accordance with the Regulations. The Department of Transportation defines hazardous materials as a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined may pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and that it has designated as hazardous under section 5103 of the federal Transportation of Hazardous Materials Act (49 U.

C.). The term includes hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, marine contaminants, materials at elevated temperatures, materials designated as hazardous in the table of hazardous materials (see 49 CFR 172.10), and materials that meet the criteria for defining hazard classes and divisions in part 173 of the subchapter. USPS ships HAZMAT products, although there are restrictions on domestic and international HAZMAT shipments. You can't send items such as matches, sprays, tobacco products, glue, perishable items, and more through any type of USPS mail. Contact your local post office to find out if they can help.

Read their list of prohibited and mailable products here. FedEx provides extensive information on how to ship hazardous substances, in addition to providing training on hazardous materials that meet federal requirements for handling and shipping dangerous goods. Depending on the carrier you work with, ask them about all the requirements for shipping hazardous materials before you start shipping dangerous goods. However, some items are completely prohibited both by land and by air (see Domestic Shipping Prohibitions & restrictions and International Shipping Prohibitions & Restrictions for more information). FedEx offers training and guidance on how to ship hazardous materials, including how to obtain approval to ship hazardous materials, information on shipping batteries, services and restrictions accepted.