US DOT Hazardous Materials, Labeling and Placarding Guide Update Now Available.

For those INGENIUM customers who have attended one of our recent DOT Function Specific Training sessions, you have had a chance to view CHART 16, however, the US DOT has made available a new revision of CHART 17, the Hazardous Materials, Labeling and Placarding Guide.

Revisions to the chart include the removal of obsolete hazmat markings and labels:

  1. The “old” lithium battery handling marking or “handling label” for excepted lithium batteries was removed from the Chart. It was replaced by a new lithium battery marking as of January 1, 2019.
  2. DOT removed the ORM-D marking for hazmat consumer commodities, which is phased out of use in ground transportation as of January 1, 2021.
  3. An outdated version of the DOT Class 9 (Miscellaneous) hazard label that featured a dividing line was removed from the Chart.

The symbols indicating an IBC is designed for stacking or not designed for stacking (See 49 CFR178.703(b)(7) were removed from the Chart but remain applicable. DOT Chart 17 also illustrates three options for displaying UN identification numbers on bulk packagings or vehicles: On an orange panel, in the middle of a placard, or in the middle of a white placard-like device. DOT released the previous version of the chart, CHART 16 in October 2017.

As always, if you have any questions or need clarification on this or any regulatory issue, please contact us.

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