The transport of dangerous goods

The transport of dangerous goods is quite special. Of course, not everybody can transport these goods in their car without any protection, special regulations and insurance. But how should we define “dangerous goods”? How do we transport these goods? Dangerous goods are subject to transport, workplace, storage, consumer and environment protection regulations. This in order to prevent accidents! Let’s take a look at the transport of these dangerous goods.

In simple terms, dangerous goods are substances that can pose an immediate danger to people and/or the environment.

Dangerous goods are everywhere

We can find dangerous goods in almost every business, big and small. From the most obvious areas such as warehousing, pharmaceuticals, logistics and manufacturing to furniture manufacturers, workshops, swimming pool shops, printers, supermarkets, hardware stores and offices (list not limited).

Choose the best partner for your transport

In the transport of dangerous goods, there are a lot of safety issues involved. When choosing your transport partner, keep in mind that not every company will follow the strict standards of transporting dangerous goods. Invest your precious time and energy in detailed research. Your objective? Choosing the most trusted and reliable company. Here are a few tips that can help you in the decision making process.

  1. Service license: check if the company has a license for dangerous good transportation from the state or national board. If they don’t have a license and you get caught, you will be paying heavy penalties.
  2. Insurance policies: does the company have any reliable insurance policies? The protection of your goods (and your business) from unforeseen circumstances is key. You need a sufficient cover.
  3. Legal procedures and administration: choose a transport company that’s experienced with all of the legal stuff and paperwork.
  4. Tracking system: ask the transport company if they can provide your company with a tracking number so that you can be proactive in tracing and tracking the dangerous goods shipment.
  5. Communication: in times of emergency such as accidents during transportation or late shipment, your partner must have proactive assistance.

WE ALL WANT TO AVOID A “BOUUUUM”!

Most workplaces use and store a variety of chemicals. Workplaces such as offices and industrial related workplaces have a lot of potential consequences for its people, from burning a person’s hands with flammable cleaning to the destruction and loss caused by a large-scale fire or even the death of a person.

You have to be careful with everything you do because even simple things such as poorly placed electrical equipment or wrong ventilation can create an unthinkable disaster.

Dangerous goods can explode or ignite. They can be toxic, corrosive or have the capacity for sudden decomposition. Many chemicals found in businesses seem to be harmless, but if you don’t understand the risks and you’re not careful (store them in the wrong conditions, add heat or mix them), they can become deadly. This small mistake can become a huge catastrophe.

Questions?

We hope we succeed in giving you more insights on this subject. If you have any questions feel free to reach our Shippr team at “hello@shippr.be”. You can also connect with the team on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn!

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