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Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About Shipping and Transporting Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials
Here are some of the myths and misconceptions about hazmat transport in the U.S.
Update May 2015: (A new myth!) "Some Lithium Batteries are not restricted!" Wrong. All lithium batteries are restricted. Some small cells and batteries are excepted from certain hazard communications, packaging and training requirements, but all of them are restricted by all modes of transport. You must understand what the restrictions compel you to do. So a Safety Data Sheet (which isn't even required for articles like a lithium battery) which says "not restricted", or "not hazardous" is misleading. Here are some other myths and misconceptions:
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Most Common Causes of Hazmat Violations
Well, this is a matter of opinion, but from our experience in handling penalty mitigation cases, the most common scenario where someone ends up with a penalty involves some sort of product return.
A company normally uses but does not ship hazmat. Theyre not subject to the regulations unless theyre a shipper or offeror.
Once in a while a hazardous product will have to be returned to the vendor, thats when they end up in trouble!
Probably the 2nd most common cause of a hazmat violation is a company who uses untrained personnel in shipping hazmat. Often, the company has only one or two trained employees and if they call in sick, they may end of using someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
And finally, rounding out the top three is one we
see in our Hawai'i office a lot. Many violations involve products that
are sent by ocean initially and are not marked or labeled as hazmat because
of the IMDG Limited Quantity Exception for "consumer" type of
items. So, these items are received by the buyer of the goods and because
they are not marked and labeled as hazmat, the buyer may not realize that
when they have to ship them out by ground or air, they now must be marked
as hazmat and most likely labeled as hazmat as well.
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