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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.

placard regulations

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:

  1. Table 1 Placards: Placard for any amount

  2. Table 2 Placards: Placard for 1,001 pounds or more of aggregate gross weight.

Our team of HazMat experts is well-versed on the hazmat placard regulations and will ensure our carriers are using the proper signage on any trailer hauling hazardous materials.


Shipping hazardous materials can be stressful, but with proper planning and communication, and with the help of fitzmark’s team of hazmat experts, your hazardous material shipment can and will run smoothly.

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For more information regarding hazardous materials and their transportation, the following organizations provide a wealth of important information:

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Occupational Safety and Health Administration