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15 Items That Could Require Hazmat Shipping

The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies hazardous materials (hazmat) by their ability to pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property during transportation through the supply chain. At press time, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) reported 2017 statistics with 4,390 in-transit hazmat incidents, causing $55,667,924 in damages.

Each hazardous material belongs to one of the following classes:

  • Class 1 - Explosives
  • Class 2 - Gases
  • Class 3 - Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 - Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 - Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
  • Class 6 - Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 - Radioactive Materials
  • Class 8 - Corrosive Materials
  • Class 9 - Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

If one of the items you plan to carry is included in one of these classifications, you will be required to follow hazmat shipping procedures. Some items are clearly hazardous, but below are some items you may not have known could be classified as hazardous. 

  • Adhesives that contain flammable solvents
  • Aerosol Products due to their explosive nature
  • Airbags that contain non-flammable compressed gas or explosive propellant
  • Alcohol 140 proof (70%) or higher alcohol 
  • Alcohol-based Perfumes due to their flammable nature
  • Barometers that contain mercury 
  • Dry Ice because it forms carbon dioxide and, when released, reduces the amount of oxygen in the air 
  • First Aid Kits that contain bio-hazardous materials 
  • Household Goods that contain strong bleaches, flammable liquids, acids and oxidizers
  • Mouthwash that contains alcohol
  • Nail Polish that contains acetone
  • Power Tools that contain hazardous batteries or dangerous liquids
  • Pressurized Caulking due to its explosive nature
  • Shock Absorbers that contain hydraulic fluid and compressed gas
  • Speakers that contain magnetized material

To ensure hazardous materials are transported safely, stay up to date on all hazmat regulations. Maintain proper training of employees to help ensure the shipment arrives at its destination safely and legally.