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Release of hazardous materials can damage property and the environment -- or worse yet, cause injuries and death. That's why it's important for shipping employers to keep a workplace clean. Because of the dangers associated with shipping hazardous materials, it's critical to enforce safe practices when employees package so that hazardous materials stay safe inside packaging during transportation. Here are a few tips to keep top of mind:

Tip #1: Remind employees to pick the right container

The correct container is key to determining correct packaging, hazard class/division of materials, and more. It's important the package they select is authorized for the material they want to ship, too.

Tip #2: Employees better not top it off!

Hazardous liquids are capable of expanding when warmed or heated. For that reason, ensure employees are checking that containers have enough vacant space or outage (also referred to usage or vapor space).

Tip #3: Make sure it's closed

In addition to the requirements for vapor space, containers of liquid hazardous materials must be tightly and securely closed. In addition, make sure to remind employees that the packages need be sufficiently cushioned.

Finally, combination packaging containing certain hazardous liquids must contain absorbent materials to absorb any leakage. Where absorbent material is required and the outer package is not leak-tight, employees must also use leak proof liner, plastic bags, or other means of containment.

Shipping hazardous materials in anything less than fully certified packaging not only risks damage to the environment, but also puts your business in a situation where costs could add up.