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Dangerous Goods sent to the Public and Pose a Risk

Dangerous goods are those that pose a risk to health or safety and it’s easy to understand why some of these good are dangerous. For example, most people wouldn’t ship gasoline or methane because they can obviously explode, but other products are shipped without understanding the potential risk. The risk is magnified if a business is shipping them. Here are some commonly shipped dangerous goods and why they are a risk.

Explosives

Perhaps the most well known category of dangerous goods is explosives. These goods have a chance of exploding during transport, which obviously could lead to injury for one or multiple people. While gasoline and blasting caps obviously belong in this category, there are a few products that you may not immediately consider explosive. For example, air bag inflators and fuses are classified as explosives. If you’re part of a business and trying to ship products like this, consider brushing up on dangerous goods packaging to avoid penalties.

Flammable Liquids

Much like with explosives, these liquids can cause harm by combusting during transport. Obvious products here include alcohol, diesel fuel and kerosene. You might be surprised to know that perfumes and adhesives are also considered flammable and should be treated with caution.

Toxic and Infectious Substances

Toxic and infectious substances can be incredibly dangerous if they are inhaled during transport or if they leak out. This is a broad category that includes items such as cyanide, all forms of acids and bases and mercury compounds. There are also some unexpected products here, such as nicotine products and dyes. Make sure that your products are properly secured and that you are following federal law so that you don’t get penalized.

Conclusion

There are a total of nine classes of dangerous goods, but as this small list has shown there are a number of dangerous products that you may be shipping as if they were regular goods. Having your packages tested and knowing the classifications of dangerous goods will ensure that you don’t accidentally ship something that can cause harm.