Crucial to the production and marketing of industrial chemicals, fuels, and agricultural chemical products is the ability to move the precursors and products safely and compliantly through the supply chain. The transport of such goods is governed by a complex network of national and international regulations, programs that have extremely broad applicability across many industries. Any company involved in transporting dangerous or hazardous materials, even at very small quantities, is required to comply with the regulations or seek a waiver. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) regulatory experts help clients identify, classify, label, and ship all manner of dangerous goods by land, air, or sea, and manage the sometimes bewildering cross-border inconsistencies in international regulatory requirements. As a complement to B&C’s capabilities, our consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®), with offices in the U.S., European Union (EU), and China, offers additional international expertise so that our clients are well-served by an extensive network of support globally.

What We Do

  • HazMat and Dangerous Goods Services
    • Conduct compliance audits and develop and assist in implementing corporate compliance programs
    • Assist in product classification and evaluation of whether a shipper, carrier, or shipment is subject to HazMat/dangerous goods regulations
    • Ensure compliance for shipping documentation, labeling, packaging, and marking
    • Prepare and review SDSs
    • Assist in the understanding of the correlation of GHS in relationship to shipping HazMats and dangerous goods
    • Provide DOT mandated HazMat training
  • Training
    • Dangerous goods/HazMat transportation
    • Hazardous goods handling
    • Packaging requirements for dangerous goods/HazMats
    • ADR awareness training
    • Classification and identification of dangerous goods/HazMats
    • Dangerous goods/HazMat documentation
    • Security
    • Basic chemistry and chemical naming
    • Chemical awareness training

Our Experience

B&C and Acta professionals have decades of involvement in the manufacture, handling, and transport of chemicals. They are scientists, business leaders, and regulatory experts with a wealth of experience at global chemical companies, government agencies, and regulatory bodies; they employ the broad perspectives gained from working across the full regulatory stakeholder spectrum to the benefit of our international client base. Our global presence, with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, ensures we have experts certified and credentialed in local markets, an invaluable resource for companies that operate across national borders. We understand the complexities of international shipments and the nuances required when dealing with competent authorities. When a client faces a HazMat or dangerous goods issue, we resolve the matter quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to our clients’ operations.

Karin Baron, M.S.P.H., based in the U.S., provides consulting services on classification and labeling requirements under various international and national legislations, including U.S. DOT, IATA, International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) (United Nations (UN) model as well as international adaptations), and ADR. In the area of HazMats, Ms. Baron assists in navigating the nuances between the various classification criteria and the correlations that can impact local and international shipping particularly with respect to labeling and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) generation.

David Peveler, Ph.D., located in the U.S., is a chemist with expertise in Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) product registration and labeling matters, DOT classification and labeling issues, and product safety (OSHA/GHS and Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) compliant SDSs and labels).

Heather Collins, M.S., based in the U.S., has expertise with classification and labeling requirements under various international and national legislations, including U.S. DOT, IATA, IMDG Code, OSHA, GHS (UN model as well as international adaptations), and ADR.  Ms. Collins has extensive experience and knowledge of the hazard evaluation processes for the efficient and comprehensive determination of transport requirements and preparing GHS compliant SDSs.

Karen Lorusso, a U.S.-based Regulatory Consultant, understands the various requirements of transportation of dangerous or hazardous goods and has experience with DOT, IATA, IMDG, ADR, and the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG).

Scott J. Burya, Ph.D., a U.S.-based Regulatory Chemist, managed compliance activities for a multinational coating manufacturer and is trained in the classification and labeling of hazardous materials according to DOT, IATA, and IMDG codes.  Dr. Burya assists clients in identifying applicable classification exceptions and developing testing strategies for complex product lines.

Representative Engagements

  • Designed and implemented a HazMat management program for a U.S. steel manufacturer and conducted audits to assess overall compliance and program implementation.
  • Classified the products of a Fortune 50 U.S. chemical company per DOT HazMat regulations. Was responsible for the management of product HazMat classifications in the corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
  • Implemented a HazMat training program and trained HazMat employees at various plant locations.
  • Reviewed the transport classification of products manufactured by an international company with sites in the EU to assess any irregularities in classification and labeling when moving product globally.