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Amazon is building dedicated warehouses for hazardous goods


Amazon reportedly is building dedicated warehouses for hazardous goods. (Richard Drew/AP)

Amazon reportedly is building dedicated warehouses for hazardous goods such as the bear repellent that exploded in a New Jersey facility last year and sent 24 employees to the hospital.

The retail giant already has an 80,000-square-foot test site in Virginia retrofitted to handle controlled goods and will open its first brand new 500,000-square-foot fulfillment center for hazardous items in Mississippi this summer, Wired reported Friday.

Items housed at the sites will include everything from bear repellent and nail polish to glitter hairspray and household cleaning products.

“We recognized there was a need for specially engineered buildings to help safely store some types of products,” Carletta Ooton, the vice president of health, safety, sustainability, security and compliance at Amazon, told the magazine.

These new warehouses will “better use technology to handle consumer goods that could be a health hazard to our employees,” she said.

The incident with the bear repellent involved a 9-ounce aerosol can that someone got punctured and dispensed pepper spray-style capsaicin fumes in the fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, the Daily News previously reported.

According to Wired, the can apparently popped out of it faulty clamshell packaging and probably hit the chain link fence that divided the Amazon employees from their robot counterparts.

In response, Amazon removed thousands of bear and pepper spray items from 30 fulfillment centers across the country and stapled their packaging shut, “to help protect against any accidental discharge,” Ooton said.

The new buildings customized for hazardous goods reportedly will include upgrades such as special sprinkler systems.

Their introduction may be overdue, Wired said, citing a CNBC report that said the company had received dozens of reports from the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety in 2018 alleging its packages violated regulations required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.