Hazardous goods transport can be anything like lithium batteries, flammable liquids, harmful substances or even air bags, whose transportation takes place by road, rail and through water almost every day in all the part of the world. There is no precise definition for hazardous goods but basically these include crude oils, petroleum and other inflammable products which must be transported in sturdy containers which have proper registration numbers from hiring companies. Hence, for the collective safety, it becomes imperative that all the necessary preparations are taken for hazardous goods transport. Some of these necessary tips are:
- Careful Attention on Packaging: The most basic of all tips is that related to the packaging of the harmful good. Proper packaging can easily contain the threat initially before it even arises. It should be made sure that the package is without any breakage, or cracks etc. and has proper quality material through which the harmful good cannot come out of in any condition. This is the first and foremost tip that will mostly prevent any hazard during hazardous goods transport. The content of the chemical or the oil products, the rate of inflammatory quality that they have, customer regulations, transport management systems and certain basic information printed on the transportation documents are basic areas which need to be covered in this direction.
- Proper Licenses and Documents: Proper documents and all the licenses must be a complete necessity while transporting the harmful goods and materials. One should have all the proper permissions in order so that there are no unnecessary stoppages in the transit. Documentation should be in an according way to the guidelines prescribed by the concerned authority. This also removes the unnecessary hassles and delays in the hazardous good transport. They should also contain the names of the consignee and the consignor, and the proper UN Number without any spell or factual errors in it.
- Dangerous Good Declaration: The hazardous good transport should take place in such a way that they are carrying proper Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). A Dangerous Good Declaration is a very important document that requires all the fields to be properly checked in and filled and in case of any error, the shipment could outrightly be rejected during the transit. Hence, not only the details must be filled out correctly, but also the presence of such document throughout during the transit is necessary.
- Labels Should be Placed Upwards: One more major mistake which most of the transporters do during the hazardous goods transport is that they place the label of the good containing details either on the side mostly or placed downwards where as they should be placed on the outward side of the good. Labels are very important feature in this kind of transportation because, it is the label that distinguishes the hazardous goods from the normal goods that are transported. Hence, they should be placed at the most visible place, which is the outward side on the container it is placed inside of.
- Trade and Airline Restrictions: When it comes to hazardous goods transportation there are several trade restrictions which are put on these goods. These conditions must be understood well by the transporter and are necessary to be followed as well too. You can work with your freight forwarding company to understand such restrictions and take necessary advises from them to follow them too. The trade and airline restrictions vary from one country to another, and in certain cases where the level of danger is less in case of a good, or the goods are often packed in limited quantity, the rules might change from one territory to another. This also includes the adherence to the radiation emitting program.