Aerosol Cans: Class 2 Labels

Aerosol Cans Packaging for Shipping

Hazmat materials are the most regulated and most complicated materials to ship through all modes of transportation. This is due to the dangers that they create that pose risks to people and the environment. There are certain precautions that must be taken when packaging and shipping aerosols. Aerosol cans can be dangerous because they are made up of compressed gas.


Hazmat Classes

The following classes were created by the United Nations & the Department of Transportation which divides 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 Makes Aerosol Cans Dangerous?

Aerosol cans can be potentially dangerous for shipping due to several reasons related to their contents, pressure, and potential for mishandling. This falls under class 2 for dangerous goods because under certain transportation conditions the cans can become hazardous and even flammable. Aerosol cans must be packaged correctly to prevent fines, combustion, and ultimately dangerous conditions for humans and the environment.


Key Points of the Dangers of Aerosol Cans

Here are some key points of the dangers that aerosol cans can have:

  1. Pressurized Content: Aerosol cans typically contain substances under pressure, such as gases, liquids, or a mixture of both. The pressure is necessary for the aerosol to function properly and dispense the product (e.g., deodorant, paint, cleaning agents). If the can is damaged or punctured during shipping, it can release pressurized contents, potentially causing harm or damage.
  2. Explosive Potential: Aerosol cans have the potential to explode or rupture if exposed to extreme temperatures or pressure changes during transit. For example, an explosion can occur if a can is subjected to high temperatures or direct sunlight.
  3. Flammable Contents: Many aerosol products contain flammable substances, such as hydrocarbons or alcohol-based stimulants. Flammable contents pose a significant fire hazard if the can is exposed to heat, sparks, or open flames during the shipping process.
  4. Chemical Exposure and Contamination: Some aerosol products contain hazardous or toxic chemicals. Leakage or breakage during shipping can result in exposure to these chemicals, endangering the health and safety of individuals handling the package, as well as those handling other packages nearby.
  5. Environmental Impact: Accidental releases of aerosol contents during shipping can also pose environmental hazards. Some aerosol substances can be harmful to the environment if they are released they can contaminate the soil, water bodies, or air.
  6. Combustible Materials Interaction: If aerosol cans come into contact with other combustible materials during shipping, such as oils, paper, or certain fabrics, there’s an increased risk of fire or explosion.

Aerosol cans must be packaged and handled according to specific guidelines, including proper labeling, appropriate packaging materials, and adherence to transportation regulations. Compliance with these regulations helps ensure the safe shipping of aerosol products and minimizes potential hazards.


Can you Ship Aerosol Cans?

Yes, you can ship aerosol cans! They must be properly packaged and shipped as dangerous goods along with the appropriate labeling, packing, and declaration. Additionally, they must fall under the UN1950 and UN1956 regulations.


Can you Ship Aerosol Cans Internationally?

Yes, you can ship aerosol cans internationally. Although shipping aerosols, particularly via air freight, can indeed be challenging due to safety regulations and restrictions imposed by transportation carriers. Aerosols are considered hazardous materials, primarily due to the compressed gases and potential flammable contents.

Aerosols are regulated by various international and national transportation regulations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. When shipping by air, certain aerosols are forbidden. Compliance with these regulations is mandatory and involves proper packaging, labeling, documentation, and handling.

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Aerosol Cans: Class 2

Class 2 Dangerous Goods Packaging

When packaging aerosol cans, you should keep the cans lined up in a box where the extra space is filled with inner packaging. On the outer packaging, the proper labels must be present with the class number, identification, and if applicable if it falls under limited or excepted quantities.

When packaging a Class 2 hazmat material, the proper packaging and labeling must be done. The Class 2.1 Flammable gas label is a red diamond with an outer white outline. It also has the number 2 in the bottom corner. At the top of the label there is an icon of flames with a line under it. The Class 2.2 Non-Flammable gas label is a green diamond with a white outline. At the top of the label is an icon of a gas cylinder, with the number 2 at the bottom.  In addition, the Class 2.3 Toxic gas label is a white diamond with a black outline.  At its top is an icon of a skull and crossbones, with the number 2 at the bottom. Failure to package and label properly can lead to delays, hefty fines or even fiery explosions.

The best way to package and ship your hazardous materials is with a dangerous goods packaging and shipping company.

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Class 2 Labels

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How to Package and Ship your Aerosol Cans with DGM Boston?

Reach out to a dangerous goods company, to help you with the packaging and shipping of your class 2 aerosol cans!

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.

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