According to the United States Department of Transportation, more than four billion tons of hazardous materials is shipped in the US each year. Many of the materials are shipped in bulk but a large percentage of this number is transported by individual shipments. Hazardous materials and dangerous goods are defined as articles or substances that, when transported, are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property. Since these materials are hazardous, it is critical that whoever is handling the materials is up-to-date on all aspects of hazardous material shipping. The federal government requires every dangerous goods shipper to have training before sending the item off to FedEx or any air carrier. This includes certification, documentation, and correct marking and labeling tactics.
U.S. Department of Transportation Permit
Wrap and Send is permitted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to transport hazardous liquids and solids in commerce. Each person who obtains this permit must receive training on the requirements and conditions of this special permit. The safety analyses performed in the development of this special permit only considered the hazards and risks associates with transportation in commerce.
Wrap and Send is also certified by FedEx’s “1-Day Dangerous Goods “Recurrent” Seminar.” A class specifically designed for experienced shippers that covers all aspects of shipping dangerous goods by air, including general familiarization identification, classification, packaging, marking, labeling and documentation.
Packaging & Labeling
Wrap and Send specializes in the packaging of hazardous materials and dangerous goods shipments under all regulations. Inner and outer packaging are packed, secured, and cushioned to prevent breakage, leakage and movement during transportation. The packaging is then completed with the appropriate marking and labeling. Each label specifies the hazardous material contained in the packaging. By following specific packaging and labeling regulations, the process is then ready to be shipped by whatever transportation means are required.
The rules that govern transportation of dangerous goods are always changing and Wrap and Send adapts quickly and correctly to these changes. There are specific regulations and protocols that govern shipment in the United States and it is the obligation of the shipper to know, understand and apply these regulations to every shipment containing hazardous materials.