Here at All Points Transport, our qualified and expert teams deal with hazmat packaging as a regular course of doing business. They are extremely familiar with everything that needs to be done to get those packages safely on to their next destination, and we trust that they will do the right things to make sure the packages get where they need to go. All of that said, we know that many others have questions about hazmat packaging and how it is handled. Thus, we want to take on some of the most frequently asked questions about hazmat packaging.
What kind of packaging do I need for a hazardous material?
There are numerous state, local, and federal guidelines about what packaging material must be used when shipping hazardous materials. These regulations must be followed to the letter to avoid any potential negative consequences from an inspection or something of that nature. Most companies recognize that they cannot take a chance on something like that, and they will do what they need to to avoid such fallout. The specific material that must be used for packaging these materials depends entirely on how dangerous the substances contained within are. The more dangerous the substance, the stricter the rules are about what needs to be placed inside the packaging.
What is a combination package?
A combination package is what a transportation company uses for the final leg of the journey for hazardous materials delivery from a service such as FedEx, UPS, or the USPS. Combination packages are lab-tested to ensure they can withstand the transportation journey that they must go on. Additionally, these packages must be extra secure because parcel delivery workers will handle them, and they must remain safe at all times while on the job. Failure to watch out for their security could put them at risk of a very dangerous situation.
After this packaging has gone through all of the necessary tests, it is printed with a label deeming it safe to transport, and then the shipment is sent wherever it needs to go throughout the country.
Who is ultimately responsible for package integrity and safety of a shipment?
The responsibility for the safety of any package ultimately falls on the shipper. Many hands may become involved in the movement of that package throughout time, but it ultimately is up to the shipper to make sure they have followed all the laws and regulations designed to keep shipments safe. If they can honestly attest that they have done so, then everything should work out just fine. There are plenty of reasons to be cautious as a shipper when sending packages where they need to go, but you can certainly feel a little more at ease as long as you know that you have followed the regulations set forth by the government. Yes, it is frustrating to deal with things like that, but those regulations are set up for a specific purpose, and you should take them seriously.
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