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PLASTIC PAIL SELECTION AND USAGE

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Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Plastic Pails:
Hazardous Materials

All transportation requirements for a hazardous material can be found in the Hazardous Materials Table located in Part 172.101 of Title 49 CFR. Before going to hazardous materials table use the guide below to help you understand what the columns are and what they will tell you about the requirements for your product. (Click on the columns in the hazardous materials table example below and the description for that column will be displayed below.) Click here to look up your product in the current hazardous materials table (172.101) available online at the US DOT website.

Hazmat Table
(b) Column 1: Symbols. Column 1 of the Table contains six symbols ("+", "A", "D", "G", "I" and "W" as follows:
172.101(b)(1)
(1) The plus (+) sign fixes the proper shipping name, hazard class and packing group for that entry without regard to whether the material meets the definition of that class, packing group or any other hazard class definition. When the plus sign is assigned to a proper shipping name in Column (1) of the § 172.101 Table, it means that the material is known to pose a risk to humans. When a plus sign is assigned to mixtures or solutions containing a material where the hazard to humans is significantly different from that of the pure material or where no hazard to humans is posed, the material may be described using an alternative shipping name that represents the hazards posed by the material. An appropriate alternate proper shipping name and hazard class may be authorized by the Associate Administrator.
172.101(b)(2)
(2) The letter "A" denotes a material that is subject to the requirements of this subchapter only when offered or intended for transportation by aircraft, unless the material is a hazardous substance or a hazardous waste. A shipping description entry preceded by an "A" may be used to describe a material for other modes of transportation provided all applicable requirements for the entry are met.
172.101(b)(3)
(3) The letter ``D'' identifies proper shipping names which are appropriate for describing materials for domestic transportation but may be inappropriate for international transportation under the provisions of international regulations (e.g., IMO, ICAO). An alternate proper shipping name may be selected when either domestic or international transportation is involved.
172.101(b)(4)
(4) The letter "G" identifies proper shipping names for which one or more technical names of the hazardous material must be entered in parentheses, in association with the basic description. (See § 172.203(k).)
172.101(b)(5)
(5) The letter ``I'' identifies proper shipping names which are appropriate for describing materials in international transportation. An alternate proper shipping name may be selected when only domestic transportation is involved.
172.101(b)(6)
(6) The letter "W" denotes a material that is subject to the requirements of this subchapter only when offered or intended for transportation by vessel, unless the material is a hazardous substance or a hazardous waste. A shipping description entry preceded by a "W" may be used to describe a material for other modes of transportation provided all applicable requirements for the entry are met.