Recently, a truck (lorry as described in the UK story) was carrying aerosol cans that were being shipped as limited quantities. 

Aerosols, can be flammable, non-flammable, or toxic, and contain product that is under pressure. We know these products as hairsprays, lubricants, adhesives, etc. One would not expect them to be hazardous, but they pose a significant risk. 

Even though ground, air, and ocean regulations all allow them to be shipped as limited quantities, the danger still exists; as the emergency responders can attest to in the recent July 15 incident in the UK. Wow is all I can say, there is nothing left of the truck (lorry) and you can see the hundreds of canisters lying in the street!

Let this be a lesson to all that even the smallest amounts of hazardous materials/dangerous goods have to be handled with care. Treat every shipment like it will be sitting on your lap or as if you are flying your family along with it. 

If ever in doubt, contact ICC to discuss training options to help you feel more confident in what you do. It is not only about the fines and penalties but about keeping the world a safe place to live. 

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.