Recently as I was leaving my building, I overheard a relatively new hourly who tends to do exactly as he is instructed tell his part-time sup. About a leaker and say he needed a haz-mat responder. This was at the very end of the sort, and our building has a single person assigned as a haz-mat responder on that shift. (though there are 2 or 3 others to fill in as needed in practice that never happens). Knowing that area of the building there is about a 98% chance that the leaker was a non-ormd box of shampoo, soap or lotion going to a local distributor of nature save natural products. The lone haz-mat guy is also in an area of the building under this part timers supervision, and likely swamped with his non-hazmat related loading. The sup also is typically a fairly good sup in terms of meeting numbers and looking out for his employees. However in this case he made what I would consider a fairly glaring mistake of telling the hourly "there is no leaker, send it!" and then confirming this statement to the hourly without even looking at the package. I understand the pressures to keep hours down and this one package of what was likely nothing would have stopped one belt for about 20 minutes and added at least an hour with clean-up and reboxing and such to the responders time and his hourly rate is rather high. I know its not procedure to have the sup come and see that it is a slimy box of shampoo and take it back to the hazmat responders area to rebox and do the paperwork on when the responders trucks are loaded and the day is ending but I would have been ok with it. But telling an employee who he knows will listen to him to pass on a leaking damaged package without knowing what was inside for certain (he knows that it is extremely likely to be be a soap or lotion) to the receiver really rubs me the wrong way. Even worse is that it was in an area of the building where he could have been overheard by many other far more senior people if they were paying attention. I would like suggestions for the best way to handle this situation as the part-time sups coworker.