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REGULATIONS & PROCEDURES FOR SHIPPING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS


The regulations and procedures for shipping “hazardous” materials apply to all individuals involved with the transportation/shipping of hazardous materials. This includes all those individuals who arrange for transport and/or may engage in any of the following activities involving hazardous materials:
  • Filling packages
  • Marking and labeling packages
  • Preparing shipping papers, handling, loading, securing and segregating packages within a transport vehicle, freight container or cargo hold, and transporting.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts and enforces all hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation laws in the United States. Compliance with DOT regulations is a requirement for any person who offers a hazardous material for transportation.

Penalties for non‐compliance:
Penalties for non‐compliance with the rules are significant and could result in the following fines: Up to $250,000 and up to a year jail sentence for individuals; up to $500,000 per incident for organizations. The major carriers are trained and should be available to help departments in ensuring hazardous materials shipments are properly packaged, marked, labeled and have appropriate shipping papers.

ENSAT provides assistance to firms with the proper packaging, labeling manifesting and Training for the shipment of hazardous waste and materials.  

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