Transportation of Dangerous Goods – What you need to know

When it comes to transporting dangerous goods, you can’t afford to take any shortcuts. Improper handling, storage and transportation can be dangerous to the people involved (e.g. truck drivers), bystanders along the route and to the environment.

Transporting dangerous goods requires the right training, equipment and compliance to ensure goods arrive safely and that no-one and nothing is put in danger in the process.

Transport of dangerous goods is also highly regulated at a government level, and failing to follow guidelines set out in the Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations can be costly.

If you’re looking for freight companies in Melbourne with experience transporting dangerous goods, there are several things you need to know.

What are classed as dangerous goods?

Understanding the different classifications of dangerous goods is important. Each classification carries different guidelines for labelling, handling, storage and transportation.

In broad terms, dangerous goods are substances that are corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, and oxidising or water reactive.

There are nine classifications for dangerous goods, with some classifications broken down in to sub-classifications.

Class 1. Explosives

 

 

 

These include substances with a mass explosion hazard such as TNT and gunpowder.

Class 2. Gases: Compressed, Liquefied or Dissolved Under Pressure

 

 

 

These are broken down into:

  • 2.1 Flammable gases (e.g. acetylene and most aerosols)
  • 2.2 Non-flammable, non-toxic gases (e.g. helium and oxygen)
  • 2.3 Toxic gases (e.g. chlorine)

Class 3. Flammable Liquids

 

 

 

These are liquids that can burn and have a flash point (not boiling point) below 60.5°C (e.g. acetone and kerosene)

Class 4. Flammable Solids

 

 

 

These are broken down into:

  • 4.1 Flammable solids (e.g. phosphorous)
  • 4.2 Substances liable to spontaneously combust (e.g. phosphorous)
  • 4.3 Substances that, when they come in contact, emit flammable gases (e.g. sodium and water)

Class 5. Oxidising Agents and Organic Peroxides

 

 

 

These are broken down into:

  • 5.1 Oxidising agents (e.g. ammonium dichromate)
  • 5.2 Organic peroxides (e.g. ethyl methyl ketone peroxide)

Class 6. Toxic and Infectious Substances

 

 

 

These are broken down into:

  • 6.1 Toxic substances (e.g. cyanides, arsenic compounds)
  • 6.2 Infectious substances (e.g. vaccines and pathology specimens)

Class 7. Radioactive Materials

 

 

 

These are substances that spontaneously emit radiation greater than 70 kilobecquerel per kilogram.

Class 8. Corrosive Substances and Articles

 

 

 

These include both acids and bases/alkalis that can react dangerously (e.g. hydrochloric acid, batteries containing acid).

Class 9. Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

 

 

 

These are substances that don’t fit into any of the above categories (e.g. dry ice, asbestos).

Trust only Licensed Transporters

Handling dangerous goods requires strict safety practices, training and certification and a range of specialised safety equipment.

If you’re looking to transport any of the substances listed above, you need to make sure your freight company is properly licensed, trained and equipped to handles these goods.

Not all transport companies are able to handle all dangerous goods, so it’s important to discuss your transport requirements ahead of time.

You also need to be aware of the various packaging, labelling and storage requirements for the different classifications of dangerous goods. A quality, licensed dangerous goods transporter will be familiar with the compliance processes and safety procedures for handling dangerous goods from start to finish.

Talk to the Experts

If you’re looking for an expert transport company in Melbourne experienced with the transportation of dangerous goods, contact Just Clik Express. We have extensive experience transporting a range of dangerous goods including flammable liquids, flammable solids, explosives, corrosive substances and more.

To find out more about our dangerous goods transportation and handling services give us a call on 1300 644 397 or contact us online.

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