The hazards of shipping hazmat

If you work for a company that handles and ships out hazardous material, then aligning your freight with the DOT regulations for LTL shipping can be confusing. Here are some quick tips to help get your freight picked up and stay moving:

1) Each BOL is required to have the UN#, proper DOT product description, (chemical name in paranthesis if applicable) hazard class #, and finally packing group - if applicable.

2) Shippers are asked to provide the drivers with placards to mark their vehicle of the hazardous product type they are carrying. This assists crews who might be responding to an incident and drivers loading freight of various product types. For example: drivers wouldn't load food and poisinous materials in the same trailer.

3) Itemizing your BOL(s) that include multiple hazmat products is crucial - if you are shipping a drum, pails, and totes of different 'compounds' then your BOL should have each hazardous item listed on its own line. Hint: in special instructions you can list the over all pallet count.

4) What if your freight experiences a spill or contamination incident? An emergency contact needs to be listed that the carrier can reach 24/7.

5) Not sure if your freight/paperwork is up to par? Always reach out to your local carrier directly. Drivers are also trained on proper shipping, and what they need to get your freight loaded and moving.