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What do you need to know to ship hazardous?
The 4th of July fireworks are good fun for those spending time with friends and enjoying the show. Unfortunately, not everything is fun when it comes to transporting fireworks or hauling other hazardous material.
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) are ever-present in the 21st century. From medical equipment, to flammable gases, corrosive agents, and even nuclear waste, Americans are surrounded by HAZMAT daily.
More than 94 percent of daily hazmat transporting is
shipped by truck.
So, what exactly is considered hazardous material? The Department of Transportation has categorized hazardous materials into classes listed as the following:
Class 1 = Explosives
Class 2 = Gases
Class 3 = Flammable liquid and combustible liquid
Class 4 = Flammable solid, spontaneously combustible, and dangerous when wet
Class 5 = Oxidizer and organic peroxide
Class 6 = Poison (toxic) and poison inhalation hazard
Class 7 = Radioactive
Class 8 = Corrosive
Class 9 = Miscellaneous
what else should you know about transporting hazardous materials? Here are some requirements every shipper should know regarding hauling hazardous materials.
Every driver interested in moving hazardous materials must go through the proper training.
Being a commercial driver is not enough to haul HazMat. Extra steps are needed to ensure strict safety standards.
A separate application is necessary for HAZMAT certification. The requirements include:
Being 21 years of age, providing proof of identification
Supplying proof of citizenship (or legal residence)
Completing medical/eye exams
Passing a HAZMAT knowledge test
During the application period, an intensive TSA (Transportation Security Administration) background check takes place.
At FitzMark, we employ a roster of trusted and experienced Hazmat haulers to handle our client’s hazardous loads with particular care and meticulous attention to detail.
It is important (and the law) to have the trailer clearly marked with the Placard of the hazardous material. The hazardous material marker must also be documented in the shipping papers, which the carrier must always have.
The DOT placard regulations are fairly simple. The hazmat regulations break placards into two distinct groups each with their own requirements:
Table 1 Placards: Placard for any amount
Table 2 Placards: Placard for 1,001 pounds or more of aggregate gross weight.