OSHA and PHMSA Issue Joint Memorandum on Bulk Container Labels

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) — a Department of Transportation (DOT) agency that develops regulations for the safe transport of hazardous materials — issued a joint memorandum on September 19, 2016 to clarify label requirements for bulk hazardous material shipments. In response to questions from stakeholders, the memorandum explains that labels required by the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on bulk shipment immediate containers such as railcars or tankers do not violate requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to avoid labels that could be confused or conflict with DOT-required labels. Therefore, HCS-compliant labels and DOT labels or markings can be found on the same container.

For more about this regulatory change and how you can stay in compliance, read our full article on the MSDSonline blog.