New ORM-D Labels: Changes for Small Arms Manufacturers
Beginning January 1, 2014, the Small Arms Cartridges ORM-D labels are no longer be accepted under Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Limited quantity hazardous materials must instead be packaged using a new, larger striped-diamond label.
Will This Rule Affect Me?
If you are a manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of limited quantities of dangerous goods that are intended for sale to individuals for personal use, you will be affected by this rule. The primary intent is to align marking and labeling standards with International Air Transport Association (IATA) international shipping regulations.
Ground Transport Labeling
The new required label features a 4″ square black diamond with black stripes in the top and bottom points of the diamond. Though the marking is black, it is not required to be on a white background, only a contrasting background. The DOT did clarify that the marking need only be black on a contrasting (light-colored) background, so the label could potentially be drawn onto Kraft paper-wrapped packages, but must conform to the size and shape specifications. A smaller, 2″ label may be used on packages that will not accommodate the larger label.
Hazmat shipping papers are no longer required, but a hazardous materials fee will apply along with the new regulations.
Air Transport Labeling
For air shipments currently classified as ORM-D, the new label must feature the same black striped-diamond label, with a “Y” in the center. This label MAY also be used on ground shipments. Unlike requirements for ground transport, shipping name, UN ID#, and hazmat shipping papers are still required for all air shipments.
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