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If you ship hazardous materials or chemicals, you play an integral role in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure. You need to block and brace any package that isn’t permanently attached to your vehicle. However, you also need to be mindful while you prepare your packages for shipment.

A new way of thinking

Before you load any hazardous chemicals or materials, think about the consequences of loading them incorrectly. The more you think this way, the less likely you’ll take shortcuts or avoid blocking and bracing materials. Although it’s your mission to make it home safe at the end of that day, you’re also responsible for the safety of others on the road.

While you likely know how to block and brace materials, you need to be aware of incidents that may occur. Examples of hazardous materials incidents that may occur include:

  • A package of hazardous materials shifts inside a trailer, which damages the package and results in a leak or spill (causes an accident on the road).
  • A package is not sealed correctly.
  • A package seal fails at some point in the transportation process.

Keep in mind that improperly sealing a container or package could cause an accident resulting in severe injury or death to pedestrians on the road. You could also cause severe damage to the environment.


Spills and releases that cause injuries, and leaks that contaminate the environment, initiate a host of reporting requirements. Notify management so they can determine whether an incident qualifies for immediate reporting.