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What Is Required for Hazmat Shipping?

Written on: October 17, 2022

Trust C3 Logistics to Transport Your Hazardous Materials Safely

hazmat shipping new jersey If you are looking for a logistics and transport company to manage your hazardous material (HAZMAT) transportation needs, C3 Logistics offers the knowledge and experience you seek.

We stand out in our comprehensive approach to managing the logistics and transport of your hazardous materials.

The transportation of hazardous materials, which need specific shipping and handling procedures to reduce risk, is referred to as HAZMAT shipping. This includes solids, liquids, and gases that might cause injury if not handled correctly.

C3 Logistics transports the following hazardous materials:

How is HAZMAT Transportation Regulated?

There are national as well as international agencies that regulate how hazardous materials are transported. For example, the International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) is a United Nations agency. It sets and governs the standards for international air transport of hazardous materials.

There is also the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a non-government entity. It oversees private sector standards for HAZMAT transportation involving commercial airlines.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) handles the transport of HAZMAT within the United States. Most of the federal regulations come from Title 49 of the Department of Transportation codes. Title 49 covers a wide range of regulations for HAZMAT transportation including:

There may also be state and municipal HAZMAT transportation regulations that impact how your HAZMAT transport is done. C3 Logistics will expertly manage your HAZMAT transport so that it meets all international, federal, state, and local regulations.

What are the Classifications of Hazardous Materials?

The classification of a hazardous material regulates how it can be transported.

Class 1: Explosives. These materials have a high likelihood of exploding and include items like live ammunition, dynamite, fireworks, and water emulsion blasting agents. No Class 1 materials can be transported via air transport.

Class 2: Gases. These are gases that have been compressed and stored for transport. Examples of Class 2 materials include propane, lighters, oxygen, natural gas canisters, and aerosols. These gases must be transported via surface transport.

Class 3: Flammable and combustible liquids. Flammable and combustible liquids are liquids that will ignite when they encounter a flame. Class 3 materials include gasoline, ethanol, paints, acetone, perfumes, and varnishes.

Class 4: Flammable solids. Materials that fall under this classification are those which will ignite and burn when they meet a flame, such as sulfur, magnesium, sodium batteries, and matches.

Class 5: Oxidizer and organic peroxides. An oxidizer is a chemical or substance that causes combustion when exposed to oxygen. An organic peroxide, on the other hand, is an organic compound with two oxygen atoms joined together—a chemically unstable substance that gives off flammable vapors.

Materials that are Class 5 include hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, sodium nitrite, and ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

Class 6: Poison and toxic substances. Poisonous materials are non-gaseous solids, liquids, or semi-liquids that can cause serious injury or death if swallowed or inhaled.

This also includes infectious substances known to contain pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Examples of this classification include tear gas, biological materials, and forensic materials.

Class 7: Radioactive materials. Radioactive substances that fall under this classification are materials that release radiation into the environment at a level greater than 0.002 microcuries per gram and include enriched or depleted uranium and x-ray machines.

Class 8: Corrosive substances. A corrosive substance is a liquid or solid that causes damage to human skin or rapidly corrodes steel or aluminum. Examples that would fall under this classification include batteries, battery fluid, drain cleaners, and sulfuric acid.

Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous materials. Some hazardous materials don’t fit Classes 1 through 8, so they are put in this category. Class 9 materials include vehicles, lithium batteries, and dry ice.

C3 Logistics is ready to handle your business’s HAZMAT transport needs across the Midwestern and Eastern United States. Contact us today—we’re standing by and ready to assist.