It goes without saying that many of the products that are developed, used, and benefit the economy consists of hazardous materials. While these things are inherently dangerous and harmful, it is vital that they get to the places that they are needed. As a company that produces hazardous material, it is vital that a means for handling and shipping these products be developed and adhered to. The U.S. and other countries are very specific in how hazardous materials are to be transported. Let’s examine some common mistakes that companies shipping hazardous materials make.
Ship Packages As Intended
One of the key things that companies shipping hazardous materials must remember is to remain consistent. Materials and packaging are tried and tested to function with specific shipping methods. Any deviation, such as shipping liquids by air that has only been packaged and tested for ground transport, can lead to a breach. That can lead to both health and legal ramifications that are negative.
Pressure Test Packaging When Air Transport Is Used
Another mistake that companies commonly make is that they fail to test everything that they should. When shipping a hazardous liquid, primary concerns focus on ensuring that it won’t leak during shipping. When these packaged materials are shipped by air, air pressure must also be taken into account. Not doing so can result in packaging and containers housing the hazardous material to fail during flight.
In many operational systems, the weakest link comes down to human error. There are numerous protocols and standards that are required of employees handling hazardous materials to be aware of. For this reason is vital that employees are trained and certified for this knowledge. Their train should be an ongoing process and outside groups may want to be brought in for distribution testing.
Staying diligent and aware of the common mistakes that companies make when handling and shipping hazardous material is the best way to avoid making them. Ongoing training and consistency are the keys to logistical success in this regard.