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Shipments of goods considered dangerous for transport

Many commonly used products, which may seem insignificant to us, are subject to transport regulations, as they are (surprisingly or not) classified as hazardous materials.

Certain paints, certain cleaning products, battery-powered tools, powerful magnets, corrosive products, coal, matches, propane, chlorine and certain fertilizers are just a few examples of hazardous materials that require special packaging and management. during their transport.

As specialists in industrial packaging, we've found that many companies ship products without knowing that they fall into one of the 9 regulated hazard classes. Still others are aware that they are shipping hazardous materials, but don't classify them correctly, fill in the forms properly, pack them according to the rules laid down, or even neglect to comply with the laws governing the transport of this type of product.

Do you pack and ship materials considered hazardous?

Since many everyday products are classified as hazardous, it's quite possible that your company has already packed and shipped products classified as dangerous without even knowing it.

At CPCQ, we can help you determine:

  • whether your merchandise is classified as a hazardous product;

  • whether it requires special management according to the laws and regulations in force.

Preparing for the shipment of hazardous products is complex and requires specialized knowledge, as failure to comply with regulations can lead to serious consequences such as injury, property damage, fines and even legal action.

What is a hazardous material or hazardous product?

All products and substances that have physical or chemical properties that may pose a risk to human health and safety or to the environment are considered hazardous products.

For example, it can be chemicals, gases, corrosive or flammable liquids as well as radioactive substances.

Exemples de matières dangereuses : pile au lithium, allumettes, engrais, produits infectieux
Some examples of hazardous materials: lithium batteries, matches, fertilizers, infectious products, etc.

The role of the hazardous materials packaging consultant (TDG,IATA, ICAO,IMDG)

The Dangerous Goods Packaging and Transport Consultant is an expert whose job it is to ensure the safety of people, property and the environment when transporting dangerous goods.

His job is to assess the risks associated with the mode of transport and the products being transported, while taking into account factors such as the level of danger, the quantity, the concentration and the environmental conditions.

CPCQ uses the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to determine whether or not the products you need to ship are regulated for the transportation of your hazardous products. We then determine the packaging, labeling and documentation requirements for transport. We manage the packaging and preparation for shipment of hazardous materials for the three main modes of transport: air, sea and land.

In addition, as a hazardous materials packaging consultant, we can help your employees with packaging procedures to ensure that everything is in order and that they have not forgotten anything.

Air transport of hazardous materials

With regard to air transport, the hazardous materials packaging consultant must ensure that hazardous products are packaged in such a way as to meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He also follows the IATA guide to verify state discrepancies and operator discrepancies, ensure that shipping forms are correctly written and that they comply with regulations for the transport of dangerous goods by air.

Maritime transport of dangerous goods

For maritime transport, the hazardous materials packaging specialist must comply with the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Among other things, he must ensure that the products to be packaged are compatible and do not require segregation. In addition, he must assess the safety of the packaging to ensure that it is able to withstand extreme weather and environmental conditions during transport. He must therefore check that the packaging used complies with the standards of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, that is to say that the shipping documents are correctly completed, and that the marking and labeling of both packaging and containers are compliant.

Land transport of hazardous materials

When transporting dangerous goods by land, the hazardous materials packaging consultant must ensure that the packaging used meets the standards of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), and that the shipping documents are completed correctly. He must also ensure that transport vehicles are correctly identified according to the type of goods being carried.

In short, the work of a hazardous materials consultant is complex and requires specialized expertise. If your business needs to plan for the shipment of hazardous materials, it is essential to work with an experienced packaging consultant to ensure that everything from packaging to delivery is done safely and in compliance with applicable laws.

Contact CPCQ today at 1.888.687.6111 for more information about packaging and transporting hazardous materials.

CPCQ for all your TDG needs

If you need help in determining whether your products are hazardous, or in ensuring their compliance when being transported, do not hesitate to contact the CPCQ team.

We will let you benefit from our recommendations and expertise in packaging and preparing hazardous materials for shipment.

Whether your shipment is to be transported by air, sea or land, our hazardous materials consulting service will help you classify, package and label your shipment correctly, and properly complete the documentation required to authorize the safe transport of your hazardous products.

For further details, visit our page about Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) services.


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