If your business ships anything that falls under the hazardous materials classification, it’s important that you have the right packaging. There are strict guidelines involving the shipment of hazardous or dangerous materials set in place by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). Knowing that you comply with these rules will help ensure the safety of people who come into contact with your product and its packaging.
Packaging Requirements for Hazardous Materials
Generally speaking, most hazardous materials will need to be packaged in something called “performance packaging.” This can be complicated as the requirement for performance packaging includes several different elements.
- There must be an inner container for your product
- You must use materials that are cushioning and absorbent around the product
- The outer packaging must be tested and certified to contain your specific type of hazardous material
- You may need a competent authority approval for your product or packaging
There are also additional requirements for products that are shipped via an aircraft. These are typically more restrictive than the rules for ground shipping. Additionally, some hazardous materials are also required to be in special permit packages.
These regulations may also change over time, so you must keep abreast of the law. New technologies are constantly evolving that improve and change the way that hazardous materials packaging should be regulated. Having your packaging materials tested regularly can help ensure that you stay in compliance with the rules set forth by the USDOT.
If your current packaging doesn’t meet the standards, not only do you risk penalties and ramifications, but you can do tremendous harm to the environment and other people. It’s important to ensure that your products arrive safely at the desired location, without hazardous implications. Be sure to have your packaging materials tested often to avoid and keep informed of changes in the law.