In order to fulfill correctly the dangerous goods shipping papers, first you will have to check if the hazardous materials that you are transporting are on the list of dangerous goods in your state, and in the state of delivery. Determining the UN number and the proper shipping name is of a big importance.
In general, the proper shipping name represents the standard name that is describing the dangerous material and its composition. For correct determination of the dangerous materials, you will have to pay attention to the following questions. The answers will lead you to the correct classification.
- Is it a pure substance or a defined mixture?
- What is its predominant hazard substance?
- What is its state: solid, liquid, or gas?
- What shall technical names be given to the generic entries?
Thereupon, each shipping paper shall contain the following points:
- Hazard class number;
- Packing Group;
- Type of packages;
- UN identification number;
- Quantity of dangerous goods;
- Emergency telephone number;
- Shipper and consignee’s name and contact info;
- Signed certification by the shipper;
Since the shipping paper is a basic hazard communication tool, it shall contain all these information that I have listed, as well the shipping papers shall send proper and true information on cargo compatibility to the motor carrier. So, before you exit the office pay attention that you took all papers with you.
Yet, you should pay attention to the Environmental Protection Agency EPA and DOT, since they have coordinated a manifest that is regulating the duplication of documentation systems that are serving for identification of hazardous materials that are being transported on the highways.
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A point often overlooked by shoppers and hazmat truck drivers is that the emergency response information shall be:
- Available for use away from the package;
- Printed in English;
- X-referenced to a separately available emergency response guidance document;
- Attached as a separate document;
Dangerous materials or also known as DOT hazardous materials are regulated by the Secretary of Transportation. All regulations that are being issued by the Agencies are applying to truckers that are transporting the dangerous materials.
Moreover, dangerous goods transportation is better coordinated nowadays, since there is a strict classification of the dangerous goods. So these 9 classes of dangerous goods that I have spoken about in this article comprise pure chemicals, mixtures of substances, manufactured products or articles that can cause harm to people, animals, as well as to the environment.
So hazmat truck drivers, bear in mind that transporting dangerous materials is nothing like transporting conventional power only loads (and far different from playing fire truck games) as well you will have far more responsibilities then, for example, tow truck drivers have.