November Web Exclusive: Retention of DOT Markings, Placards and Labels

11/9/2012


Retention of DOT Markings, Placards and Labels
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1201


by Chris E. Marsh, M.Ed.

        Any employer who receives a package of hazardous material that is required to be marked, labeled or placarded in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171 through 180) shall retain those markings, labels and placards on the package until the packaging is sufficiently cleaned of residue and purged of vapors to remove any potential hazards.

        Any employer who receives a freight container, rail freight car, motor vehicle or transport vehicle that is required to be marked or placarded in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations shall retain those markings and placards on the freight container, rail freight car, motor vehicle or transport vehicle until the hazardous materials that require the marking or placarding are sufficiently removed to prevent any potential hazards.

        Markings, placards and labels shall be maintained in a manner that ensures that they are readily visible.
For non-bulk packages that will not be reshipped, the provisions of this section are met if a label or other acceptable marking is affixed in accordance with the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

        For the purpose of this section, the term "hazardous material" and any other terms not defined in this section have the same definition as in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180).

        Please note that this particular OSHA standard is not from the agriculture and farm section, but from the General Industry section of the OSHA regulations. However, there are some chemicals that do require placarding that may apply to agriculture.
 
Chris E. Marsh, M.Ed., is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer in both general industry and construction through Georgia Tech. Some of his outreach is done through writing. He can be reached at Ogeechee Training Service in Statesboro, Ga., at ogeecheetrs@bulloch.net or 912-865-4500 for any questions.
 

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