Moving hazardous materials has serious implications for your staff, company, and community. As a result, the successful transport of hazardous materials can be stressful. The right way to move hazardous materials starts with understanding the laws.
Hazardous Material Shipping Laws
Since 1975, when Congress passed the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA), the Secretary of Transportation has regulated the transportation of hazardous materials. To remain in compliance with these laws companies must be meticulous about:
- waste classification
- security planning
- and training
Documenting Hazardous Material Prior to Move Day
Every hazardous material your company intends to ship must have a Material Safety Data Sheet [MSDS]. This document will provide important information to shippers, buyers, and middlemen along the way. For example, can this specific hazardous material be transported on a passenger aircraft, etc.?
If your hazardous materials are traveling internationally, you’ll need an Intermodal Dangerous Goods form (IMDG). This document will detail, in detail, the contents of your parcel. For example; volume, the official chemical name of the material, its UN number, safety level, etc.
NOTE: The international shipment of hazardous goods can require creative routes. Not all hazardous materials are accepted in all countries. Research potential shipping routes to reduce complications.
Packing Hazardous Goods
Precision is vital when packing hazardous materials. Avoid compromising personal or environmental safety at all costs.
Hazardous materials should always be transported in secure containers. The use of “front edge lip” containers is highly recommended. This will help protect against potential leaks. Trucks and shipping containers carrying hazardous materials should be equally secure, while still providing effective ventilation.
When in Doubt Hire an Expert!
99% of the time moving hazardous waste is a job better left to the professionals. At Buehler, we take pride in figuring out a way to simplify our client’s lives and moves. To learn more about how Buehler can help your company move its hazardous materials, contact us today!