Basics of Hazmat Compliance Laws & Regulations

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When your business deals with hazardous materials it’s important that it follows strict guidelines and Hazmat Compliance Laws instilled by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).

This post will guide readers through the basics of hazmat guidelines. 

5 Essential Hazmat Regulations Aspects Business Owners Must Know

1. Responsibilities of Hazmat Shippers

  • Determine whether a material meets the definition of a “Hazardous Materials”.
  • Proper Shipping Name
  • Class/Division
  • Identification Number
  • Hazard Warning Label
  • Packaging
  • Marking
  • Employee Training
  • Shipping Papers
  • Emergency Response Information
  • Emergency Response Telephone Number
  • Certification
  • Compatibility
  • Blocking and Bracing
  • Placarding
  • Security Plan
  • Incident Reporting

As our client, you can rest assured that all ordinances will be followed. We are one of Miami’s most respected shippers of hazardous materials and have facilities to handle any sized shipment.

2. Paper Work

The protocol for shipping papers is outlined in 49 CFR Part 172 subpart C.

The reason shipping papers are enforced is to communicate to other entities involved in the shipping logistics what is inside the containers via special labeling.

It is stated clearly that a shipper is not allowed to transport any hazardous materials unless they have a shipping label that is prepared according to the rules in the HMR. Choose DG Declaration for your next transportation to or from Miami.

This shipping paper includes a basic description of the hazardous materials that are contained in the shipment.

3. Marking

If you are in the business of handling hazardous products then you are probably familiar with the different package markings. The basic requirement for marking includes:

  • Markings must be durable
  • Markings must be in English.
  • Markings cannot be obscured by any other labels.
  • Technical names required for non-bulk packaging.

As your authorized shipper of hazmat products we are not allowed to transport any cargo unless it is properly marked. There are a few exceptions to the labeling of cargo, learn more about it here.

4. Hazardous Waste in the Workplace

OSHA has special regulations for the storing of hazardous materials in locations that are susceptible to natural disasters such as hurricanes.

DG Declaration, in Miami, has emergency plans in order so that their hazardous materials will be safely contained in the event of a natural disaster.

5. Terms & Jargon

Here is some hazmat jargon you may encounter when learning about hazmat regulations:

Contiguous Zone: This is the zone outline by the United States as the territorial sea zone around the country.

LC50: the concentration of material that is deadly to half of the population of any aquatic animal that is exposed to the material for more than 4 days.

Otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the United States: although this may seem complicated, but this simply means that the vessel or cargo at hand is under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Public Vessel: this is a chartered boat operated by the United States that is engaged in any sort of commerce.

DG Declaration is experienced in handling hazardous materials in transportation and storage. We pride ourselves on serving the Miami area with reliable and compliant hazmat transportation services.