Dangerous goods are any item or substance which, if not handled or packed properly, could pose a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. There are nine classes of dangerous goods, and knowing which one your item falls under will give you a clearer picture of how to pack, label and transport it.
Some goods that are classified as hazardous materials may surprise you, such as aerosols, perfume or anything containing lithium batteries – like phones or laptops.
There are nine classes of dangerous goods, plus a few sub-classes. The class your product falls under will affect how you pack, label and transport it.
(Like fireworks or flares)
(Like aerosols or camping gas)
(Like compressed oxygen)
(Like oxygen difluoride)
(Like solvents or paints)
(Like calcium carbide)
(Like fibreglass repair kits)
(Like blood tests or medical trials)
(Like smoke detectors)
(Like bleach or drain cleaner)
(Like lithium batteries, magnets or dry ice)
If you’re not sure whether they are or not, ask the manufacturer or supplier for a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). If it shows or mentions a UN number in chapter 14, you’re shipping dangerous goods.
Check out our video on how to ship dangerous goods. Alternatively, your chosen shipping carrier should be able to provide you with all the information you need.