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printreg, June, 2003
Transport Regulations for the Shipment of Samples for Lab

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From:Debra Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 10:07:28

The following summary would apply to your shipments of samples for analysis of potentially hazardous waste, etc. See below for the summary and links to the full text regulation.
Debra Jacobson

How does DOT regulate samples?

When the hazard class is uncertain and a material is being shipped for testing to determine the hazards, the DOT allows the shipper to assign a tentative shipping name, hazard class, identification number and packing group for the material. This assignment must be based on the shipper's knowledge of the material and the hazard classification criteria of the regulations. The regulations for samples are at 49 CFR 172.101(c)(11).

The word "Sample" must be added to the proper shipping name assigned though it usually not necessary to provide technical names for names identified with a "G" symbol in column 1 of the hazmat table. Samples must be transported in a combination packaging that conforms to the requirements of 49 CFR 172 for the tentative packing group assigned. The quantity of the sample cannot exceed a net mass of 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) per package. In addition to the packaging requirements noted above, all of the provisions of the regulations apply, including those for marking, labeling and shipping papers, unless excepted.

In short, once a tentative name is assigned, the shipper and carrier must meet all the regulations for the shipping name and packing group selected.

To access 49 CFR 172.101(c)(11) on-line, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
Title: 49
Part: 172
Section: 101
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