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5 Key Tech Innovations in Shipping Hazardous Materials

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How is technology aiding us in shipping hazardous materials? Find out the innovations that are making hazmat shipping easier.

The total expected spending on value addition through tech in the USA this year is $4 trillion. Different industries have been keen on injecting more capital into research and development. This is evident as businesses seek new ways of maximizing profits.

Developments in technology are also focusing on the need to enhance safety and security. The safe transportation of hazmat is an example of the advancements in technology. The shipping of this injurious material has been a recurrent public health concern in the past. But, how is technology aiding us in shipping hazardous materials in the modern context? Find out the innovations that are making hazmat shipping easier.

What Is Hazmat?

You must have heard the term hazmat but do not know what it stands for, right? Well, hazmat is an abbreviation for hazardous material. The Environmental Protection Agency categorizes explosives, gases, combustible liquids as hazmat. The other categories include infectious substances and radioactive materials.  

All these substances present negative impacts on health. The risk to the environment is also high in case of unregulated exposure.

1. HazSMART Technology

Hazmat transportation entails significant risks and concerns throughout the process’ lifecycle. One of the hardest things to tackle in the wake of an apparent hazmat crisis is the ability to make decisions. You may also experience apparent challenges related to the facilitation of emergency support during such instances.

With the introduction of HazSMART technology, this concern may be a thing of the past. The technology provides support during the entire transportation lifecycle. Shipping of hazardous material requires an extent of preparedness for any eventuality.

With this technology, the shippers and carriers have access to adequate and real-time information. The data can guide the decision-making process in case of a crisis.

The technology assesses then provides supportive information on the safest routes to use when shipping hazmat. If you are in the process of shipping hazardous content, this may be a critical point to start from, as a risk assessment procedure. You’ll have all the information you need about local restrictions. You also have information about probable traffic along specific routes.

With this technology, it is easy to identify at-risk populations. You will also have the privilege of developing prior rapport with the various emergency response units beforehand.  These unique safety considerations ensure that you take preventive measures in the unlikely event of an accident

The HazSMART technology provides the requisite planning tools you may need. The innovation also offers the integrated support you may require to ship the hazardous material safely and securely.

2. KIT-B

Chlorine is among the hazmat contents. Exposure to excess chlorine can lead to concerns about cancer. Low levels of chlorine gas exposure leads to nose, throat, and eye exasperation. However, in the case of high levels of chlorine exposure, other extremes concerns such as damage to the lungs and excess coughing may occur.

These concerns show the extent of the impact that chlorine may have in case of leakages during transportation. The Kit B design seeks to address the risk of exposure to chlorine during shipping. Its redesign in the year 2014 was the first in ensuring the containment of leaks whenever containers are torn during shipping.  

Hazmat shipping presents the risk of leakages whenever such materials are in transit. Chlorine can leak through the valves or the sidewalls of the containers leading to significant risks. The Kit B devices and tools ensure timely valve and sidewall capping to ensure appropriate control of any potential dangers.

The technology is the only certified chlorine emergency kit for ton chlorine containers. You may need to consult hazmat certified carriers to understand the extent of the leak and the most effective capping approach. 

3. Radiation Detectors 

The process of shipping radioactive materials can be potentially harmful to the handlers and the people along the transportation routes. The risk of the atomic blast during the transportation of hazmat content is high. The long –term health implications of radioactive exposure can be detrimental to health in the long-term.

One of the effects of exposure to radioactive materials is the risk of damage to living cells. Such exposure can have extremely negative implications on public health. The ionizing radiation has extreme impacts on health in cases of extended exposure.

Dosimeters and dosimetry tools are some of the radiation tools that are useful when monitoring such ionizing radiation. This ensures that as you transport your highly hazardous material, you can detect any possible emissions. Radiation detection is an essential part of the hazmat shipping process.

4. Using Smart Road Technology When Shipping Hazardous Materials

One of the recent technologies in the hazmat sector is Smart Road Innovation. The process of transporting hazmat content often requires a well-defined route and reroute in case of an emergency. However, most times, this option faces limitations because of the dynamics around tracking and monitoring. 

Tracking the shipping of hazardous material is essential. This is because it ensures adequate preparedness in the event of an emergency. Smart road technology can be useful in monitoring your hazmat during transit.

You have the advantage of using smart GPS devices and sensors to detect any leaks while on the road. With this technology, it is easy to detect potential red flags. The monitors then provide timely support information to GIS data systems. The systems can contact emergency services to respond to a potential crisis.

5. Anti-Collision Systems  

The process of shipping hazmat content may be prone to instances of collisions. Shipping hazardous material may expose those in the shipping route to potential explosions.  One of the most dangerous situations when shipping hazmat would be an unanticipated accident.

Speed is the most common reason for collisions when shipping hazardous materials. A forward-collision warning system offers advanced safety technology when shipping such material. With this technology, you can check the vehicle’s speed when shipping such content.

The system then warns the driver of any impending crash. You are also able to detect any close contact with other cars that would lead to a collision. You are warned of potential contact with vehicles or other objects when shipping hazmat content.  

Technology has changed the way industrial operations occur. One of these innovations relates to the changing approach to shipping hazardous materials. You no longer have to fear the risk of collisions, leaks, or spills when shipping hazmat.

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