Many people who ship batteries or other common materials don't appreciate the hazards they pose - or the requirements for shipping hazardous materials. Identification of a hazardous material is the first step in safe shipping, and frequently the most difficult.
All batteries are subject to requirements in the HMR because they have two types of hazards: (1) the chemicals or other materials contained in the battery, and (2) the electrical potential of the battery.
The DOT's Hazmat Safety website includes details and guidance on hazmat identification and shipping. Violating hazardous materials regulations can result in civil penalties up to $100,000, criminal fines up to $500,000 and imprisonment.
The major responsibilities of hazardous material shippers are:
Determine whether a material meets the definition of a "hazardous material"
Proper Shipping Name
Hazard Warning Label
Emergency Response Information
Emergency Response Telephone Number
Blocking and Bracing
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