Hazmat Label Requirements for Shippers
Are your hazardous material shipping labels meeting the requirements?
Ensuring your product gets where it needs to be safely is a major component of your business. Extra care and legal requirements have to be taken into consideration when shipping hazardous and dangerous materials.
The Importance of Hazardous Materials Shipping Labels
We’ve all been there. You’re expecting some mail, and the condition the package arrives in makes you wonder if the contents are destroyed. Those risks just can’t be taken with hazardous materials shipping. The cargo is not only delicate, but potentially dangerous, should a spill occur. Proper hazmat labels are the solution.
By using hazardous materials labels, it is easy to identify what is inside the package. With just a quick look, those handling the packages will know how to take care of the product and any rules associated with it. Clear markings from proper hazardous material labels make the storage, handling and transportation of all hazmat materials simple.
In the event of an accident, exposure or chemical spill, the quick identification of hazardous materials is essential to emergency response. Proper handling, cleanup and documentation are easier when there are no guessing games.
Correct hazmat markings may include all of these elements: proper shipping name, identification number, technical name, special permit packaging, environmental handling, consignment information, and marine pollutants. That’s a lot of opportunity for error.
These labels communicate quickly what the contents are for the shipment so that they can comply with all regulations. Getting these labels right is crucial, and there are many rules and regulations to making sure you are in compliance.
Changes to Rules and Regulations
The Department of Transportation is always working to ensure that transporting products is safe and easy. As a result, new rules for keeping transportation safe are adopted frequently. Currently, 49 CFR 172.406 states labels must be printed on or affixed to a surface (other than the bottom) of the package or containment device containing the hazardous material and be located on the same surface of the package and near the proper shipping name marking, if the package dimensions are adequate.
The changes in rules and regulations is just one more thing on your plate when it comes to properly affixing your hazardous materials shipping labels. Why worry about staying up-to-date? CHEMTREC’s exclusive approved label supplier, Labelmaster, takes the guesswork out of hazardous materials shipping labels.
Smaller Lithium Battery Marks May Be Used as of 1/1/2021
CHEMTREC customers can now use the smaller 100mm x 100mm or 100mm x 70mm lithium battery labels. This saves money on the price of the label and also allows the use of smaller packages which can reduce packaging and freight costs. The existing sizes of lithium battery marks will remain compliant in 2021 and beyond.
Saving You Time & Money
There are many aspects of hazardous materials shipping that have to be considered. Making sense of it and keeping things straight is a drain on your resources and time. Also, if something is not in compliance, your company could be fined or held liable for an accident. What you need is an expert with all the right connections, and that’s CHEMTREC. Our exclusive partnership with Labelmaster makes it easy to get exactly the right hazmat labels for your shipping supplies and products. If you are registered with CHEMTREC you can only purchase CHEMTREC labels through our exclusive approved label supplier, Labelmaster. Labelmaster helps save your company money and time by helping you get the correct labels for your hazmat shipments.
About our Exclusive Partnership with Labelmaster
Labelmaster’s comprehensive offering of industry-leading products help customers remain compliant with all dangerous goods regulations.
CHEMTREC shipping labels, including vehicle decals, rail car markings, phone decals, and lithium battery labels can be purchased through our exclusive approved label supplier, Labelmaster. For more than five decades, Labelmaster has been the go-to source for companies – big and small – to navigate and comply with the complex, ever-changing regulations.