Hazmat Shipping - Ground Shipping Guide

Ground Transport of Hazardous Materials

A Guide to Safe and Compliant Hazmat Shipping

Trucking As hazmat shipping regulations change overtime, it's important to stay informed on regulatory updates, hazmat packaging, required documentation, labels and markings and training available to you as a hazmat shipper. Below, find a guide to the essential factors to keep in mind for safe and successful ground transport of dangerous goods.

  1. Monitor for Regulation Updates
    You do not want to be blindsided by an update to a regulatory requirement and have your shipment refused or fined. It's not always realistic to monitor government websites on a daily basis to keep an eye on these updates. Fortunately, Labelmaster has a long history of expertise in hazmat transportation. We monitor regulations so you can check in with us for the latest regulatory updates and the most recent ground transport publications including Early 49 CFR, Government 49 CFR, MasterRegs 49 CRF, GSI 49 CFR and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  2. Complete Shipping Forms Accurately

    Hazmat shipping papers play a crucial role in the transport of dangerous goods. To avoid making errors by completing these forms manually, shipping forms software is available for use. Labelmaster's DGIS Express hazmat shipping software programs streamline the process of filling out Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods, UPS, FedEx, IMO and Multimodal dangerous goods form and more.

    You'll also find a complete selection of driver forms and vehicle inspection forms required by 49 CFR.

  3. Train Hazmat Employees

    Hazmat Labels, Placards, and Markings Infographic DOT General Awareness and Function-Specific training is required for each hazmat employee. The more each person involved with hazmat shipping understands about the regulations and the process, the better. A common reason for the rejection of a hazmat shipment is an untrained employee. To ensure every package is assembled accurately, an investment in hazmat shipping training is worthwhile. To learn more, browse our hazmat and hazwaste transport training programs.

  4. Select the Proper Packaging
    Appropriate hazmat packaging is not just a matter of compliance; it's also a matter of safety. Browse our complete selection of UN certified packaging or consult our battery packaging guide to identify hazmat packaging appropriate for your needs.
  5. Be Familiar with Required Hazmat Labels, Placards and Markings
    At Labelmaster we offer a wealth of resources to make it simple to select the appropriate hazard class labels, DOT placards and hazmat markings for your hazmat shipments. Labelmaster's Placard Finder and Label Finder as well as a variety of other product finders guide you directly to the placard or label appropriate for your application.

    In addition, the DOT hazmat placard table and UN Number reference table can help you locate your UN Number and DOT proper shipping name. Also see our hazmat labels, placards, and markings infographic.

Hazmat Incidents and Damages by Mode

DOT PHMSA reports hazmat incidents across the United States. The following infographic documents hazmat incidents and total damages as a result of hazmat accidents. Proper packaging, labeling, marking, and placarding are vital to safetly shipping hazmat.

Hazmat Incidents By Air, Highway, Railway, and Ship

Click the Hazmat Incidents Infographic to enlarge the image.