FAA Office of Hazardous Materials Safety
We ensure and promote the safe transportation of dangerous goods in air commerce through activities that include regulatory oversight of dangerous goods carried by the flying public or transported on aircraft. We apply risk-based decision-making principles and a Safety Management System approach to identify and address prioritized risks.
You have an important role in protecting the aircraft. It starts with cargo safety. Anything added to an airplane can introduce risk. Dangerous goods, also known as Hazardous Materials, and other cargo can contribute to catastrophic incidents when things go wrong. The risk starts well before the airport. Cargo safety and preventing undeclared dangerous goods is everyone's responsibility.