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Identifying Hazardous Materials

Your first step is for you to identify whether your shipment contains hazardous materials. This category includes adhesives, aerosols, alcoholic beverages (140 proof or higher), ammunition, car batteries, dry ice, fireworks, gasoline, jet fuel, lighters, lithium batteries, matches, nail polish and remover, paint, solvents, certain chemicals, toiletries and more. A list is given below to assist you in recognizing a hazardous material.

If you are not sure that your freight meets the criteria for hazardous materials or which hazardous material identification and classification applies to your shipment, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation at 1 (800) 467-4922.

Per regulations, Northern Air Cargo is not able to assist you in identifying or classifying your materials. This is specifically the shipper’s responsibility. The manufacturer of the product will have the ability to classify a material and usually is the best source for this required information. Obtaining a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) could provide you with necessary information.

For materials that are not already classified, third-party testing facilities may be available to perform these services. Never offer an unidentified, undeclared, or unclassified material for shipment. The DOT/FAA can and does impose severe penalties for such actions, including civil penalties and criminal prosecution of shippers. When in doubt, do not ship!

LITHIUM BATTERIES:   As of March 22, 2016, Northern Air Cargo accepts lithium battery shipments only under the provisions of IATA. All other hazardous materials shipments will be accepted as usual under 49CFR and IATA.

Once your material is classified, if you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with Northern Air Cargo, please call the NAC Hazardous Materials Specialists at (907) 771-6132 or (907) 249-5186.

NAC Hazardous Materials Form – Please fill out form and print a copy.

Below is a table to assist you in recognizing hazardous materials.

AerosolsIndicates the presence of compressed gases expelling itself or a liquid, powder or paste.
Aircraft Parts/COMATMay indicate the presence of chemical oxygen generators, flammable liquids/solids, corrosives, compressed gases, radioactive materials in aircraft parts and accessories, or general company materials.
Automobile Parts (car, motor, motorcycle)May contain cellulose paints, wet batteries, shocks/struts with nitrogen, air bag inflators/air bag modules, etc.
Breathing Apparatus/SCUBAMay indicate compressed air or oxygen cylinders.
Camping EquipmentMay contain flammable liquids, gas, or solids.
ChemicalsOften found to be hazardous.
Cryogenic (Liquid)Indicates low temperature, low pressure, or non-pressurized gas such as Argon, Helium, Neon, and Nitrogen.
CylindersMay indicate compressed gas.
Dental ApparatusMay contain hazardous chemicals such as resins or solvents.
Electrical EquipmentMay contain magnetized materials or mercury in switch gear and electron tubes.
Electrically PoweredMay contain wet batteries apparatus (wheelchairs, lawn mowers, golf carts, etc.)
Frozen Fruits, VegetablesMay be packed in Dry Ice (Solid Carbon Dioxide).
Household GoodsMay contain hazardous materials such as paint, aerosols, bleaching powder, etc.
InstrumentsMay conceal barometers, manometers, mercury switches, rectifier tubes, thermometers containing mercury.
Laboratory/TestingMay contain various hazardous chemicals.
Machinery PartsMay include hazardous chemicals (adhesives, paints, sealants, solvents, etc.)
Medical Supplies/Equipment (Test Kits)May contain various hazardous chemicals.
PharmaceuticalsMay contain various hazardous chemicals.
Photo SuppliesMay contain various hazardous chemicals.
RefrigeratorsMay contain various hazardous chemicals.
Repair KitsMay contain various hazardous materials (adhesives, solvents, cellulose paints, organic peroxides, etc.)
Samples for TestingMay contain various hazardous materials (including infectious substances).
Swimming Pool SuppliesMay contain acid, chlorine.
Switches in Electrical Equipment or InstrumentMay contain mercury.
Tear Gas DispensersContains irritating material or pepper gas which is forbidden on passenger aircraft.
ToysMay be made of celluloid or other flammable material.
Tool BoxesMay contain Flammable gases, liquids, adhesives, Cleaners, Corrosives, Oxidizers, etc.
VaccinesMay be packed in Dry Ice (Solid Carbon Dioxide).
Lead Acid BatteriesCommon in cars, electric wheelchairs, some continuous computer power sources, and other applications. These batteries contain highly corrosive acid and can cause fires from short circuits.
Non-Spillable BatteriesTested, proven non-spillable batteries are allowed to be shipped as non-hazardous within the U.S. Batteries and packaging must be marked "NONSPILLABLE" or "NONSPILLABLE BATTERY".
Lithium and Lithium Ion BatteriesBoth rechargeable and non-rechargeable power sources, common in computers, cell phones, cameras and other small electronic devices. If dropped, crushed or short-circuited, these batteries can release dangerous amounts of heat and may ignite, and are dangerous in fires. Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries.
Common BatteriesAlthough common dry cell (e.g., AA, C, D batteries)
may not be regulated as hazardous materials, all
batteries can cause fires from short circuits if batteries and terminals are not protected. When shipping batteries, you must protect all terminals against short circuits by completely covering the terminals with an insulating material (e.g., by using electrical tape or enclosing each battery separately in a plastic bag).
Protect Batteries and Terminals for TransportShort circuits can cause fires. Package the batteries to keep them from being crushed or damaged, and to keep them from shifting during handling. Always keep metal objects or other materials that can short circuit battery terminals securely away from the
batteries - e.g., by using separate inner box for the
Preventing FiresAny device with installed batteries must not turn on
while in transport. Protect switches that can be
accidentally activated, or remove the batteries and
protect the terminals. Even very simple devices like flashlights or rechargeable drills can generate a dangerous quantity of heat if accidentally activated.
Recalled or Recycled Batteries
Electronic Items for Repair
Never ship recalled or recycled batteries by air.
Repair items, such as computers and cell phones,
should be sent without batteries.