How To Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes When Shipping Dangerous Goods?

How To Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes When Shipping Dangerous Goods?

Shipping dangerous goods requires strict adherence to regulations and best
practices to ensure the safety of individuals, the environment, and property.
However, there are common mistakes and pitfalls that can lead to accidents, non-
compliance with regulations, and serious consequences. 

Failure to Properly Classify Dangerous Goods:
One of the most critical mistakes when shipping dangerous goods is failing to
properly classify them. Improper classification can lead to incorrect packaging,
labeling, and documentation, resulting in non-compliance with regulations.
Ensure that you accurately classify the dangerous goods based on their properties
and consult the Transportation Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) or relevant
guidelines such as the ICAO (Air regulations) or IMDG Code (Marine) for guidance.

Inadequate Packaging and Insufficient Containment:
Proper packaging is crucial to prevent leaks, spills, or damage during
transportation. Using inadequate or incorrect packaging materials can result in
accidents and endanger the people handling the shipment. Follow the packaging
requirements outlined in the regulations, including the use of suitable containers,
cushioning materials, and seals to ensure the safe containment of dangerous

Incorrect Labeling and Incomplete Documentation:
Accurate marking/labeling and complete documentation are essential to
communicate the potential hazards associated with dangerous goods. Failure to
properly mark and label packages correctly and or failing to include necessary
documentation can lead to confusion and compromise the safety of everyone
involved. Double-check that all the markings and labeling are properly affixed to
each outer package. Ensure that all dg documents are completed properly and
contain all the sufficient information.

Failure to provide adequate Training and Knowledge:
Insufficient training and knowledge regarding the handling and transportation of
dangerous goods can lead to serious mistakes. It is essential that all personnel
involved receive proper training on the regulations, best practices, and
emergency response procedures. Regularly update their knowledge to stay
aligned with any changes or amendments to the Dangerous Goods Regulations.
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all involved are properly trained.

By avoiding these common mistakes when shipping dangerous goods, you will
ensure compliance with the regulations and maintain the safety of everyone
involved. Proper classification, packaging, labeling, documentation, training, and
collaboration are essential elements of a successful dangerous goods shipment.

At GEMC, we provide customized training solutions to meet your business needs.
Email us at or call us at 1866.271.4362 to stay in compliance