One of the frequently asked questions we get about buying from Resin Obsession is why there are shipping restrictions on certain items. These items are considered a ‘hazardous material’ product and must be shipped according to very stringent guidelines.
What is different about shipping a hazardous material product?
Certain items we carry are designated as ORM-D products. Specifically, this means that it is a hazardous material that can be shipped in small quantities using a shipping service such as the post office or other commercial carrier such as UPS or FedEx. In order for us to ship large quantities, we would have to have a hazardous materials shipping license and include paperwork with every shipment. Businesses can get an exemption on shipping these products without a license and paperwork if they only ship small amounts at a time and go through the proper training.
How are these items shipped?
When shipping these items, we have to label them with a blue ORM-D sticker plus any additional recommendations, such as ‘up’ arrow stickers, on the outside of the package. These items can also only ship by ground methods, meaning it cannot travel by plane. The ground shipping methods we offer are USPS parcel post and UPS ground shipping. When using parcel post, in addition to using the ORM-D sticker, we also have to mark on the outside ‘surface shipping only’ to ensure that the package is not put on a plane.
Why can’t these products ship by air?
Since aerosol cans are packaged under pressure, they may expand or contract during flight and can explode. For the non-aerosol items, it is dependent on other factors, such as flash point of the item or whether or not it is considered corrosive. (Flash point is the temperature at which a substance may become volatile and explode.)
Why can’t the aerosol cans ship by USPS?
The post office will not ship any package containing an aerosol can, even if it is labeled as parcel post surface shipping only.