Shipping Hazardous Materials

hazardous materials transportation placardsWithout safe ways to transport hazardous materials, operations like energy producers and medical facilities would run into trouble. Nearly all industries have to deal with hazardous materials at some point — and that usually means getting it from one place to another. In order to do that safely, protective measures are needed, including specialized shipping containers.

What Materials Are Hazardous?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, hazardous materials are “those materials designated by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation as posing an unreasonable threat to the public and the environment.” There are nine classes of hazardous materials:

Class 1: explosives
Class 2: gases
Class 3: flammable liquids
Class 4: flammable solids
Class 5: oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
Class 6: poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances
Class 7: radioactive material
Class 8: corrosives
Class 9: miscellaneous dangerous goods

As their names suggest, each class of material can cause quite a bit of harm without the proper safety measures.

Hazardous Material Labeling

One important safety measure is the labeling of hazardous materials before it can be transported. An example is the placarding requirement, as described by the FMCSA: “Each bulk packaging, freight container, unit load device, transport vehicle, or rail car containing any quantity of hazardous materials must be placarded on each side and each end” with placards specific to the particular type of hazardous material within. These are meant to let people know that hazardous materials are present; such information is helpful during loading and unloading, and critical during an emergency.

Hazardous Material Containers

ISO Container for Shipping Hazardous Materials
20′ High Cube Open Side Dangerous Goods Container

Aside from labeling, another safety measure is using the correct iso containers for shipping hazardous materials. BSL Containers offers two options for those in need of such containers.

  • The 10’ + 8’ feet container set consists of a mini container and a larger container the mini container can be loaded into to minimize shipping costs. It’s ideal for storing dangerous goods, liquids, and chemicals.
  • The 20’ high-cube open-side dangerous goods container is much larger and can transport the same types of materials as its smaller counterpart. Its sides swing open to give easy access to all of its contents.

Both containers come with customization options, including interior and exterior color variations, tie bars and rails, and forklift pockets. They both sport hazmat flooring, as well, adding to their safety. All units also come with a Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) certification plate, which mark the containers as safe to travel. Further customization is available as well.

To learn more, contact BSL Containers today.