Hidden Dangerous Goods

What are Hidden Dangerous Goods

Have you ever wondered what hidden dangerous goods are? And why exactly they are important?

There are more than 3 billion tons of dangerous goods that are shipped throughout the United States every year, although this does not account for hidden dangerous goods.

 

What are Hidden Dangerous Goods?

Hidden Dangerous Goods are goods that are either intentionally or unintentionally improperly shipped with or without knowing they are dangerous goods. Many of the incidents that occur in hazardous material transportation are a result of hidden dangerous goods.

An example of a hidden dangerous good is dry ice. There have been instances where fruits, vegetables, seafood, and medical vaccines were transported on dry ice but declared only as a food shipment. Shippers have mis-declared shipments like this as “food”, but the shipment should be declared as a class 9 miscellaneous substance because of the dry ice. Dry ice is dangerous because as it melts it turns into carbon dioxide gas, this could lead to carbon dioxide poisoning or death of humans, not to mention horrendous burns to the skin if contact is accidentally made!

 

What are the Classes of Dangerous Goods?

There are 9 classes of dangerous goods that were created by the United Nations & the Department of Transportation which divide hazardous materials up into different categories. These categories determine what the material falls under and how it must be packaged and shipped.

 

9 DOT Hazardous Classes

  1. Explosives
  2. Gases
  3. Flammable Liquids
  4. Flammable Solids
  5. Oxidizing Agents & Organic Peroxides
  6. Toxic & Infectious Substances
  7. Radioactive Substances
  8. Corrosive Substances
  9. Miscellaneous

 

What are Considered Hidden Dangerous Goods?   

A lot of common household goods are classified as dangerous goods. If these dangerous goods are not identified and properly packaged and shipped, they could be extremely dangerous to people and the environment. Hidden dangerous goods are products that are either intentionally or unintentionally missed as dangerous goods.

Some examples of common hidden dangerous goods are:

  • Lithium batteries
  • Epoxy
  • Dry ice
  • Paint
  • Torches
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • First Aid Kits
  • Refrigerators
  • Photography Supplies
  • Medical Supplies
  • Magnets
  • Machinery Parts
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Acetone
  • Breathing apparatuses

There are many more hidden dangerous goods that can be included on this list. It is important to do your research on whether you are going to be transporting a potentially dangerous good. Failure to properly package and ship a dangerous good could lead to very hefty fines.

Hidden Dangerous Good Paint Tubes
Paint Tubes

 

Hidden Dangerous Good - Breathing Oxygen Machine
Breathing Oxygen Machine

What are the Fines for Hidden Dangerous Goods?

The following administrations increased their hazardous materials penalties starting on January 6, 2023. These hefty penalties show how important it is to properly package and ship dangerous goods.

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FFA)

    • The violation of the hazardous materials transportation law penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The violation of the hazardous materials transportation law resulting in death, serious illness, severe injury, or substantial property destruction penalty increased from $209,249 to $225,455.
    • The maximum penalty for violation of the hazardous materials transportation law relating to training increased from $89,678 to $96,624.

 

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

    • The violation of the hazardous materials regulations and safety permitting regulations with the transportation or shipment of hazardous materials penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The maximum penalty for violation of hazardous materials regulations and safety permitting relations regarding training penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The violation of hazardous material regulations and safety permitting regulations regarding the packaging or container of the dangerous good penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The violation of hazardous materials regulations and safety permitting regulations regarding death, serious illness, severe injury or destruction of property penalty increased from $209,249 to $225,455.

 

  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

    • The maximum penalty for ordinary hazardous materials violations penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The maximum penalty for aggravated hazardous materials violations penalty increased from $209,249 to $225,455.

 

  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

    • The maximum penalty for hazardous materials violation penalty increased from $89,678 to $96,624.
    • The maximum penalty for hazardous material violation that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property from $209,249 to $225,455.

 

How to Package & Ship your Dangerous Goods with DGM Boston?

Reach out to us to let us help you, package and ship your dangerous goods. If you are unsure if the goods you need to ship are considered dangerous good or not, let us do a consultation!

At DGM Boston, we understand that hazardous materials require special handling and packaging to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That’s why we specialize in providing hazmat packaging services that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of hazardous materials, including chemicals, batteries, and medical waste.

Contact us today to help you package and ship your dangerous goods!