Make no mistakes, products are classified as dangerous goods if they could be hazardous during transport or when they leak or spill.
Take a look at this scenario; Company “A” manager hired a new shipper and didn’t give him any TDG training. The shipper sent two separate ammonia acid shipment without proper labels or documentation.
When the driver was stopped for an inspection, he wasn’t allowed to continue his trip until the dangerous goods were properly labelled, marked and documented. Who do you think was most responsible for this situation?
An untrained (new) shipper that shipped two separate ammonia acid without proper labels or dangerous goods documentation. The driver, who was trained and certified in TDG, who did not realize the shipment contained dangerous goods, and accepted the shipment. Or Company “A” manager who was in charge of the company?
The answer is of course Company “A” manager!
Everybody involved in transportation has to understand the hazards of dangerous goods. This includes shippers, handlers, drivers and first responders. It’s up to the shipper to know whether an item is flammable. Toxic, corrosive, etc. and to find out how it should be classified under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations.
The driver shouldn’t accept a shipment until all the classification details are listed on the shipping document. Emergency responders might needs this information.
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