Why is hazmat packaging so complex? And how do you get it right?
Read on to learn what regulations govern Dangerous Goods packaging and how to interpret them. A packaging partner with deep expertise can help you think “inside the box,” and keep your shipments safe and compliant.
What seems like a simple objective—ensuring the packaging used for Dangerous Goods shipments will prevent the escape of the materials (solids, liquids or gasses) contained within—gets very complicated very quickly.
And using the wrong or substandard packaging can lead to a host of negative outcomes:
- Rejected shipments (and unhappy customers)
- Fines ($500–$16,500 per violation)
- Negative press for your company
- Injuries, death and property damage
All packaging for DG shipments—whether it’s standard packaging off the shelf or something custom-created for your needs—must be UN-certified.
When you’re browsing all the packaging options out there, you’ll come across the term
which describes the relative degree of danger a material represents. You’ll need to know this when picking your packaging.
You can usually find the Packing Group in section 14 of your Safety Data Sheet (SDS), or look in the Hazardous Materials Table in 49 CFR Part 172, find your material and look at column 5, where you’ll see a I, II or III.
Then, make sure the packaging you select is approved for the specified Packing Group or higher (i.e., Group III
shipments can go in packaging rated for Group II or Group I, but not the other way around).
Labelmaster offers a complete line of Performance Plus brand UN-certified packaging components and kits to meet nearly any DG shipping need for every mode of transportation. And we can offer expert guidance on the selection and use of these solutions.
of popular UN packaging for immediate shipment
Combination packaging kits assembled or unassembled, with or without inner containers
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Infographic | Unpacking the Mysteries of DG Packaging