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[post_content] => Anyone who moves hazardous materials in the US knows how important – and how difficult – it is to keep current with the requirements of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). Over the last few years alone, the regulations surrounding hazardous materials have changed significantly; Reliance Label must deal with this as well as the added complexity of new materials, inks and print technologies used to help companies stay in compliance with ever-changing regulations.
As of 1 January 2019, a new lithium battery marking transition will come into effect. The new lithium battery mark replaces the older lithium battery caution label and is easily recognised by the new graphic and the UN number associated with the type of lithium battery contained in the package. In addition to this change, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has also released a new Class 9 lithium battery handling label specifically designed for lithium battery shipments. The new handling label is for fully regulated lithium batteries; excepted lithium battery shipments are not currently required to use this label but it will be mandatory as of 1 January 2019.
In addition to lithium battery labels, there has also been an update to the Hazardous Waste Manifest, a shipping form required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DoT for the transport of hazardous waste. Those who transport or offer for transport hazardous waste for off-site treatment, recycling or disposal should be aware that EPA has implemented a new five-part carbonless form that replaces the older six-part form. The new form has been in circulation since 30 June 2018 and, although the paper manifest can still be used, the digitised e-manifest is highly encouraged.
UP TO SCRATCH
As of 1 January 2017, DOT has also begun enforcing minimum size requirements for identification number markings preceded by ‘UN’, ‘NA’ or ‘ID’ on non-bulk packages. The identification number must now be marked in characters at least 12 mm (0.47 inches) high. Packages with a maximum capacity of 60 litres (16 gallons) or less must now be marked with characters at least 6 mm (0.24 inches) and packages with a maximum capacity of 5 litres (1.32 gallons) or less must now be marked in a size that is appropriate for the size of the package. Packages that have been permanently marked before 2017 can remain in use without meeting the size requirements until the end of their service life. This requirement does not apply to other markings on the label, such as the proper shipping name.
For domestic ground, rain and vessel shipments, the ORM-D marking, used for domestic US shipments containing hazardous materials in consumer quantities, will be phased out starting from 1 January 2021. This marking will be replaced by new limited quantity markings, detailing whether the shipment is travelling by air or by another mode. In addition, the all-yellow ‘organic peroxide’ class 5.2 placard that is still sold by some companies was replaced by the new red and yellow version on 1 January 2011 for transportation by rail, vessel or aircraft, and on 1 January 2014 for all highway transportation.
Reliance Label is a supplier of placards, labels and markings for hazardous materials (hazmat) manufacturing and transportation industries. More details on its products can be found at www.reliancelabel.com
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With regulations changing constantly, it is important to stay up to date. Reliance Label details some of the recent changes to hazmat markings, labels and placards