The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Waste Class 1 Explosives category contains a wide range of potential threats. Many substances within this category are designed to cause an explosion.
Other substances carry inherent explosive properties due to their chemical makeup. Regardless, business owners should trust a properly licensed and experienced hazardous waste management company when looking to work with or dispose any of the volatile Class 1 materials.
Instantaneous Hazards: Division 1.1 Explosives are organized based on their potential to cause mass explosions. Even a small ignition source will cause the entirety of a Division 1.1 substance to react instantaneously with violent and terrible force. Gunpowder, certain fireworks, and rocket fuel are ally easily recognizable example of Division 1.1 Explosives. Likewise, trinitrotoluene (better known as “TNT”) is an example that is commonly utilized in a number of industries for its explosive properties
Non-Explosion Dangers: Not all Hazardous Waste Class 1: Explosives substances are dangerous due solely to their explosive properties. For example, the risk from of a Division 1.2 Explosives comes from the substance’s tendency to emit dangerous projectiles with its explosive force. Numerous forms of ammunition and grenades are designed to project harmful shrapnel upon explosive impact. Similarly, Division 1.3 Explosives carry the threat of a fire hazard in addition to projection or explosive properties. The flash powder used in pyrotechnics and fireworks is a common example of this type of explosive hazard.
Reduced Risks: Division 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 Explosives carry lessened risks compared Division 1.1 explosives, but are still dangerous in their own right. Division 1.4 substances, like those found in signal flares, cause minor explosion that are mostly contained to their own packaging. Division 1.5 chemicals have the potential to cause mass explosions (like 1.1 Explosives) but are inert in most conditions. Likewise, 1.6 Explosives carry both minimal sensitivity to ignition and will not produce a mass explosion.