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OnShip HazMat Shipping

What are Dangerous Goods?

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s definition of HazMat or Dangerous Goods is, “any substance which may pose an unreasonable risk to health and safety of operating or emergency personnel, the public, and/or the environment if not properly controlled during handling, storage, manufacture, processing, packaging, use, disposal or transportation.”

In the main categories of dangerous goods, you will find these items:

  • Gasses

  • Toxic Gas

  • Flammable Solids

  • Corrosives

  • Radioactive Materials

  • Explosives

  • Combustible Liquids

  • Flammable Liquids

  • Oxidizers/Organic Peroxides

  • Poisons

In fact, many everyday household items are regulated. Millions of dangerous goods are shipped each day, and around 20% of all shipments are hazardous materials.

Here’s a short list of products many people use every day that have the potential to be classified at dangerous goods:

  • Paint

  • Nail Polish

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Smoke Detectors

  • Alcohol

  • Batteries

  • Adhesives

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Aerosols

  • Shock absorbers

  • Bleach

  • Charcoal

  • Barometers or Thermometers

  • Airbags

  • Dry Ice

  • Magnets

  • Electronics

  • Engine Parts

  • First Aid Kits

  • Ink

  • Lighters

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Mosquito Spray

  • Perfume

  • Power Tools

  • Sealants

  • Smoke Alarms

  • Turpentine

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Rubber Scraps

  • Wood Scraps

Are you in compliance? Contact us for expert advice on HazMat & Dangerous Goods shipping. Staying compliant avoids shipping delays, penalties and fines when shipping dangerous goods. Good luck and Good OnShipping!


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