The dangerous goods are those materials or items that possess inherent hazardous properties, which if not properly controlled can cause a potential hazard to health and safety of all living organisms as well as the environment.
They may be in the form of solid, liquid, gas, cold, hot, pungent, chemicals, mixtures, manufactured products and much more.
They can be classified and identified on the basis of their inherent properties such as explosive, poisonous, flammable, inflammable, etc. Dangerous goods handling with so
many classes, divisions, and sub-divisions is a quite tricky job. Following are certain tips, which are efficient enough to offer you dangerous goods solutions:
Knowledge About The Hazardous Goods
It is essential for you to know the nature of the goods you are handling, the risk it possesses and the regulations associated with its transportation. Sometimes seemingly harmless products may be harmful to the environment or living organisms if not handled properly during freight forwarding.
Adherence To The Dangerous Goods Regulations
There are several rules and regulations, restrictions, and processes involved in handling the dangerous goods logistics. Each mode of transportation consists of its own set of rules and regulations which you need to understand and follow strictly to avoid any accidents or mishappenings.
Knowledge About Dangerous Goods Packing Procedures & Protocols
The proper packing of goods is essential for any type of cargo to avoid the risk of damage. You need to be extra careful for the hazardous cargo as it comes with an additional risk.
It’s your responsibility to pack the dangerous goods adequately with the most appropriate packing materials. There should be a proper cushioning and lashing to avoid the risk of any leakage or damage due to its movement inside the container.
All dangerous goods should consist of appropriate labelling after proper packing and before the movement. The label consists of a code that indicates the risk or danger level associated with the contents of the container.
Training & Awareness
Knowledge and awareness of all the people involved in the logistics chain including packers, cargo handlers, equipment operators, hazardous goods approvers, documentary staffs, truckers, and much more are one of the major factors that influence the proper movement of the dangerous goods.
Each person involved should be aware of the rules and regulations related to cargo, ports, destination country, and the proper documentation required in the smooth movement.
As you can infer from the above details that shipping of the dangerous goods is a highly specialised service that requires serious consideration and implementation of various aspects to avoid the risk of an accident.
It is always better to appoint an expert and reputed logistics service provider like Stockwells. As a specialist in hazardous goods handling and movement across the borders, we are renowned for having expertise in packing and packaging requirements, procedures, documentation, etc. for a complete dangerous goods solution.