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DOT Hazmat Emergency Response Information Guide

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  Emergency Response Information is important for the transportation of hazardous materials, as it ensures that emergency response personnel have the correct information on how to respond to an accident. For some materials, specific personal protective equipment or fire extinguishing material is needed for safe accident response. It is the duty of the party shipping the hazardous material to appropriately relay this emergency response information. What is Emergency Response Information for Hazardous Material Shipping? Emergency response information, in the context of a hazardous material shipment, is the information that needs to be readily available to emergency response personnel in the event of an accident involving the hazardous material. This includes technical information about the hazardous material, an emergency response telephone number, and carrier information contact. The full text of the requirements can be found in  49 CFR Part 172 Subpart G . Emergency Response Te

Vanillin Safety Guide

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  What is Vanillin? Vanillin is an benzaldehyde, also known as vanillaldehyde, vanillic aldehyde, or 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde. Vanillin does occur naturally in vanilla orchids, as well as some other plants. The synthetic form of vanillin is commonly used as an artificial vanilla flavoring and fragrance. Vanillin has the CAS Number 121-33-5. The CAS Number is used to identify vanillin as an ingredient on safety data sheets (SDS) and other safety documentation. When looking for vanillin as an ingredient in products like vanilla flavoring agents, look for the CAS Number in the composition table. Notable Properties of Vanillin Vanillin in its solid form is a pale yellow, needle-shaped crystal. When dissolved in ethanol or another solvent, pure vanillin is clear. Brown vanilla extracts are typically naturally derived from the soaking of vanilla beans in ethanol to extract the soluble components. What Makes Vanillin Hazardous? Vanillin is an irritant when concentrated. It can cause se

DOT Hazmat Markings Guide

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  What is a DOT Marking? Markings refer to both identification markings that are material specific, as well as a set of pictograms with special instructions not otherwise covered in the Labels or Placards section. The regulations include specific fonts and sizes for letters and numerals, as well as specific pictograms and colors, for each Marking. The full text of the requirements can be found in  49 CFR Part 172 Subpart D . How is a DOT Marking Used? DOT Markings are used on all types of packages, both non-bulk and bulk, with different size requirements for clarity depending on package type. Proper Shipping Name and Identification Number There is a Proper Shipping Name and Identification Number. For each hazardous material, the proper shipping name and identification number can be found by looking it up in the § 172.101 Hazardous Materials Table. For example, if you are shipping nail polish remover that is made from pure acetone, then you would use the Proper Shipping Name "Acet

The Five Elements of the Hazard Communication Standard

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  The Five Elements of the Hazard Communication Standard There are five key sections to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Hazard Classification Written Hazard Communication Programs Labels and Other Forms of Warning Safety Data Sheets Employee Information and Training What is the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard? The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is a part of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards covering Toxic and Hazardous Substances. The HCS is used as the standard for characterizing the hazards, if any, of chemicals and conveying that information in an easily understood manner. Chemicals can be classified as health hazards, physical hazards, hazards otherwise classified, or a combination of all three depending on the individual properties. Hazard Classification Chemical manufacturers and importers are responsible for the classification of the chemicals they manufacture or import. Chemical distributors and end-users may choose to rely on th

DOT Hazmat Placards Guide

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   What is a DOT Placard? Placards are pictograms that indicate the Hazard Class or Division of the hazardous material in a package, covering both the primary hazard and any subsidiary hazards. The regulations include specific pictograms and colors for each Placard. The full text of the requirements can be found in  49 CFR Part 172 Subpart F . How is a DOT Placard Used? A placard is generally applied to bulk packages, such as a rail car or freight container. Labels are utilized for non-bulk packages, such as compressed gas cylinders and fiberboard boxes. When applying a DOT placard, it is important that it must be visible and is not covered up by any other placard or signs that get applied to the container. It is also important that any designs on the container cannot be confused with the DOT placard. Therefore, it is best that hazardous materials are shipped in plain containers with minimal designs present. If multiple DOT placards are needed, the labels must be placed n

Zinc Chromate Safety Guide

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  What is Zinc Chromate? Zinc Chromate, also known as zinc(ii) chromate, zinc yellow, and buttercup yellow, is an inorganic compound. Zinc chromate has use as a corrosion resistance coating, particularly in marine applications. Zinc chromate has the CAS Number 13530-65-9. The CAS Number is used to identify zinc chromate as an ingredient on safety data sheets (SDS) and other safety documentation. When looking for zinc chromate as an ingredient in products like paints, look for the CAS Number in the composition table. Notable Properties of Zinc Chromate Zinc chromate is yellow in color, crystalline in structure, and tends to be in a powdered form when sold as a solid. It is naturally odorless. What Makes Zinc Chromate Hazardous? Zinc chromate is an irritant to both the skin and the respiratory system. Zinc chromate, along with other chromium compounds, can cause chromium sensitivity. This leads to a chromium allergy . In addition to being an irritant and sensitizer, hexavalent chromium c

DOT Hazmat Labels Guide

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  What is a DOT Label? Labels are pictograms that indicate the Hazard Class or Division of the hazardous material in a package, covering both the primary hazard and any subsidiary hazards. Some labels also include special instructions, such as the "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label. The regulations include specific pictograms and colors for each Label. The full text of the requirements can be found in  49 CFR Part 172 Subpart E . How is a DOT Label Used? A label is generally applied to non-bulk packages, such as compressed gas cylinders and fiberboard boxes. Placards are utilized for bulk packages, such as shipping containers. When applying a DOT label, it is important that it must be visible and is not covered up by any other labels that get applied to the package. It is also important that any designs on the box cannot be confused with the DOT label. Therefore, it is best that hazardous materials are shipped in plain containers without any printed patterns. If multiple