Hazmat Labels: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 USC 6921 to 6939e and regulations at 40 CFR 262.31 to 262.34

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Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 USC 5101 to 5127 and regulations at 49 CFR Part 172

Transporting hazardous materials:

Pretransportation requirements: 40 CFR 262.31 to 262.33

Hazardous Materials Table (HMT): 49 CFR 172.101

Labels: 49 CFR 172.400 to 172.450

Packages requiring labels: 49 CFR 172.400

Special packages: 49 CFR 172.402 to 172.404

Labeling exemptions: 49 CFR 172.400a

Label placement and design: 49 CFR 172.406

Examples: 49 CFR 172.411 to 172.450

Markings: 49 CFR 172.300 to 172.338

General requirements for nonbulk packaging: 49 CFR 172.301

General requirements for bulk packaging: 49 CFR 172.302 and 49 CFR 172.336(d)

Specific marking requirements: 49 CFR 172.310 to 172.331

Special permit packaging: 49 CFR 172.301 and 49 CFR 172.302

Prohibited marking: 49 CFR 172.303

Marking design and placement: 49 CFR 172.304

Identification number markings: 49 CFR 172.301, 49 CFR 172.302, and 49 CFR 172.332 to 172.338

Placards: 49 CFR 172.500 to 172.560

Placarding applicability: 49 CFR 172.500 and 49 CFR 172.502

General requirements for placards: 49 CFR 172.504

Placard specifications: 49 CFR 172.519

Affixing placards: 49 CFR 172.506 to 172.514

Visibility and display: 49 CFR 172.516 and 49 CFR 172.521 to 172.560

Subsidiary placards: 49 CFR 172.505

Specific requirements for subsidary placards: 49 CFR 172.505

Specific requirements for DANGEROUS placards: 49 CFR 172.504(b)

Compatibility of explosive materials: 49 CFR 172.504(g)

Exceptions: 49 CFR 172.504(c) to 172.504(f)

Examples: 49 CFR 172.521 to 172.560

Regulatory Agency

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

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