It seems we are always involved with training. Today our staff is receiving the training, this time on hazardous material shipping. The federal government requires that all HazMat shippers undergo training every three years to ensure that they are familiar with the regulations and their changes.
Unfortunately most life saving equipment is classified as hazardous material. Life rafts contain compressed gas cylinders, lithium batteries, pyrotechnics and flammable liquids (repair kit cement). EPIRB’s use lithium batteries, inflatable life jackets have CO2 cartridges and compressed gas cylinders have, you guessed it, compressed gas.
Any time an item considered hazardous material is put in to commerce, commercial transport, it must be properly packaged and labeled and the shipper must provide the correct documentation. This is true if we deliver a life raft on one of our trucks or if a customer ships a life raft to us on a freight truck.
Keeping track of all the rules, regulations and changes is a lot of work but an important part of my job. After all we are in the safety business and it would be horrible if something we did caused a truck driver or customer to get hurt.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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