Sunday, October 21, 2012

Storage and Transportation of Dangerous Goods

You must store and transport dangerous goods in specialized containers that are manufactured to certain specifications. Packaging of such goods must be done in compliance with the state regulations as mispackaging or another error can lead to a disaster.
Packing dangerous goods is an issue significantly different from the packing of normal goods. Packing and shipping regulations are stringent and you have to take care that these are followed in both word and spirit. A slip up would attract harsh penalties or severe consequences to others and you will certainly be not pleased with that.
There is a long list of items that are classed as dangerous goods and all these have distinctly different regulations regarding storage and transport, so you need to very sure what rules you have to follow. It could be a truck carrying hazardous chemicals or a ship transporting radioactive material. You must know exactly how to deal with these scenarios and ensure total compliance with the law.
As you do not transport such goods every day, you must double check the regulations and, if you have any confusion, you must consult with the appropriate authorities. Usually, you would need a special license to store or transfer these goods.
Goods that need special arrangements are usually segregated in three categories - Explosives & highly combustible items, Chemicals, Medical items and nuclear items. You need containers with certain specifications for storing such items. These will ensure that dangerous goods can be transported with ease with little or no security or safety risks as long as the specifications are met.
Containers used for the transportation of hazardous materials are hazmat boxes. These come in convoluted urethane foam for the protection of fragile products shipped within a corrugated box, ensuring that the dangerous goods are stored and transported safely.
The packing of such goods must also be done by trained personnel. They will know how to handle such materials minimizing the associated risks. When done by untrained people, handling and packing such materials will always carry a higher risk.
Separate containers come for storing different kinds of materials. For instance, there are innovative and flexible solutions having a variety of inner containers for storing lab samples. However, you must make sure that these fall within the required maximum gross weight of inner packaging as well as gross weight of the completed package to ensure overall safety.
There are two types of packaging styles - Combination and Single packaging. Combination packaging involves one or more types packaged together, inserting cushions in between for proper transportation. Single packaging, on the other hand, involves only one container.
Get your containers from vendors who have sufficient packaging experience in design, testing and customization of the packaging of dangerous goods. They will sell these using tags like UN approved packaging, DOT approved packaging, etc. Procure the containers from a manufacturer who has appropriate certification. It is in your best interest to avoid

1 comment:

  1. This post was very informative. Are there different types of training that are needed for the three categories of dangerous good? I'd assume that there is. However, I could be wrong.