What are Dangerous Goods? DGM Services Houston answers common Dangerous Goods Questions

If you work in the transportation or supply chain industry, chances are you will eventually encounter Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Materials/Substances. When that occurs, you should reach out to a trained, professional Dangerous Goods Management company. Contacting DGM, ensures that the Hazardous Materials you need to ship, whether locally or overseas, arrive safely and adhere to Dangerous Goods regulations.

Many companies choose to have their staff trained in Hazardous Materials, which is also a great option for anyone in the shipping or manufacturing industry.

Here are a few frequently asked questions we encounter from our customers:


1. What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous goods are articles or substances that when transported, are a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment. These substances usually have explosive, toxic, infectious, flammable, or corrosive properties. This can range from explosives, ammunition, chemicals, and more.


2. What are the nine classes of dangerous goods?

Class 1 – Explosives


1.1 – Explosives with a mass explosion hazard
1.2 – Explosives with a blast/projection hazard
1.3 – Explosives with a minor blast hazard
1.4 – Explosives with a major fire hazard
1.5 – Blasting agents
1.6 – Extremely insensitive explosives
Class 2 – Gases


2.1 – Flammable Gas

2.2 – Non-Flammable Gas

2.3 – Poisonous Gas

Class 3 – Flammable Liquids

Class 4 – Flammable Solids


4.1 – Flammable Solids

4.2 – Spontaneously Combustible

4.3 – Dangerous when Wet

Class 5 – Oxidizing Agents and Organic Peroxides


5.1 – Oxidizing Agent

5.2 – Organic Peroxide Oxidizing Agent

Class 6 – Toxic and Infectious Substances


6.1 – Poison

6.2 – Biohazard

Class 7 – Radioactive Substances

Class 8 – Corrosive Substances

Class 9 – Miscellaneous


3. Where can I find information on transporting dangerous goods?

There are many resources to consider when deciding if a material is hazardous or not, and how to safely ship that material. If you are trained in the IATA Regulations, it is best to refer to their latest DGR Manual. However, many of our customers choose to consult with our DG Specialists.

With air regulations constantly changing, it can be difficult for an organization to ensure compliance with all the legal shipping requirements. That’s where DGM comes in. We have the capability to cover operations for all classes of dangerous goods. Our trained Dangerous Goods Specialists will handle every aspect of your shipment. From inspection, documentation, packaging, and labeling according to UN Criteria.  We also offer dangerous goods training and consulting.


4. What are considered hidden dangerous goods?

Cargo that falls under this category may contain hazardous articles that are not immediately apparent. Products such as automobiles, camping equipment, film crew or media equipment, pharmaceuticals, and much more could be hazardous when shipped. You can refer to 2.2 Hidden Dangerous Goods in the IATA DGR to see a full list of these materials. If you aren’t sure if your product is hazardous or not, contact one of our DGM locations today and we will be more than happy to help!

Rejected Shipments Leaving You Frustrated?

The Trouble with Rejection

Rejected shipments are shipments that did not meet Dangerous Goods Regulations in some way, such as incorrect shipping papers, damaged packages, wrong markings and labels, or other mistakes. International and national regulations are constantly changing, making it increasingly difficult for an organization to be sure they are compliant with all the legal shipping requirements.

Something as simple as an incorrect shipping label can stop your shipment in its tracks. This simple mistake can cost your business thousands of dollars in fees, expenses, and costly delays. Not only is there a high financial risk, but also risk of compromising customer’s trust.

The Next Step

Once your shipment is rejected, what is the next step? Call DGM!

Our DG Specialists can travel on-site and run your rejected shipment through a dangerous goods checklist to ensure your shipment complies with the regulations. DGM will properly prepare your rejected shipment and get it on its way! DGM’s portfolio of services cover operations for all classes of dangerous goods. Including explosives, radioactive material and infectious substances.

DGM has been safely preparing dangerous goods shipments for 30 years and has offices in over 40 countries around the world. DGM also carries the most comprehensive insurance policy in the industry which allows DGM to be shown as the shipper on behalf of the actual shipper on the shipper’s declaration. You can rest at ease that your shipment will be properly prepared without risk of rejection.

As your dangerous goods provider, DGM can help you secure more dangerous goods shipments, retain customers, and save money.

Prevent Future Rejections

Prepare your team to keep HAZMAT shipments in compliance with the new and changing regulations. Sign up for our dangerous goods training and receive instruction from our world-renowned, highly accredited trainers. Our trainers offer years of practical knowledge, and apply relevant, hands-on experience to each course.

DGM’s trainers coupled with our global network of DGM’s locations allows us to handle all your training needs; in the classroom or online. DGM also offers custom-tailored training courses prepared specific to your company’s needs and will come to your facility anywhere in the U.S. to perform the training.

Please visit our training calendar below or contact us for your specific requirements and we will be happy to provide a specific project pricing quote.

4 Reasons to Choose DGM for Dangerous Goods Training

DGM is an IATA Accredited Training School that offers comprehensive training courses for shippers, freight forwarders and the transportation industries.

DGM’s World Class Training Programs are designed to help your company meet both regulatory and industry standards, while providing your employees with firsthand knowledge of the best practices to use when shipping your Dangerous Goods. You may be wondering, what makes DGM a better training option than our competitors? Well, here are 4 reasons to schedule your upcoming Dangerous Goods training with DGM:

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  1. IATA Premier Circle Membership – DGM has received the IATA Premier Circle membership award for the past 2 years in recognition of outstanding performance in delivering IATA training programs.
  2. Certified trainers with hands on experience – Our DGM trainers are IATA Accredited certified trainers with over 20 years of experience in the transportation and hazardous materials shipping industry.
  3. Personalized on-site training – DGM will come to you! If you have 6 or more students who require Dangerous Goods training, we offer private on-site training at your facility. Our four locations across the coast allow us to serve a wide range of customers and cater to on-site training anywhere in the United States.
  4. Tailored, customized training to meet your needs – DGM will tailor training to your specific needs and customize to your unique circumstances. In addition, we offer a wide range of classes, and you may choose online, on-demand, or instructor lead classes. The possibilities are endless.

The DGM network has been awarded once again the “Premier Circle Member” acknowledgement by IATA for its professionalism in delivering dangerous goods training programs and commitment to student success, adding yet another reason to train with DGM! Congratulations to everyone in our network for this achievement!

Schedule your training with DGM and experience personalized, professional training that will prepare your staff to identify and handle Dangerous Goods. Our 2018 calendar is now available, and classes are filling up fast!

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