DOT HAZMAT Handler

Materials of Trade Exceptions

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as documented in 49 CFR 173.6 of DOT Regulations, allows for the safe transport of small quantities of hazardous materials, provided those materials are used in chemical demonstrations and/or other educational activities. The quantity of material is limited by its Hazard Class/Division and Packing Group. The Hazard Class is a very general description of the type of material while the Packing Group is a general description of level of hazard the material possesses during transportation.


Hazard Class and Division Description
1 Explosives
2 Gases
Division 2.1 Flammable Gases
Division 2.2 Non- Flammable/Non Toxic Pressurized Gases
Division 2.3 Toxic Gases
3 Flammable Liquids
4 Other Flammable Substances
Division 4.1 Flammable Solids
Division 4.2 Substances liable for Spontaneous Combustion
Division 4.3 Substances that react with water
5 Oxidizing Substances/Organic Peroxides
Division 5.1 Oxidizers
Division 5.2 Organic Peroxides
6 Toxic/Poisonous & Infection Materials
Division 6.1 Toxic Substances
Division 6.2 Infectious Substances
7 Radioactive Materials
8 Corrosives
9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Packing Group Description
I Great Danger
II Medium Danger
III Minor Danger

HAZMAT Packaging Examples

Label stating "Harmful, store away from food stuffs".

Labels stating "Spontaneously Combustible" and "Dangerous when wet"

Image of Radioactive label on a package

 



Receiving & Delivering Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Materials Within The USF Campus

Exposure Potential

  • Shipments are well packages, labeled, and tracked.

  • Packing groups 1, 2, and sometimes 3 have built in containment.

  • Packaging contains an absorbent that is sufficient for the volume of the liquid.
  • Generally, avoid opening the box/container.
  • Under normal conditions, the potential for respiratory and skin contact with contents is extremely low.
  • Wear latex gloves when handling packages, or if you need to open the box to retrieve paperwork.

Receiving Shipment

  • First, examine the packaging for signs of damage.

  • If too damaged, refuse the shipment.

  • Contact the vendor, USF Client, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • If the USF Client desires, please arrange for a new shipment.

Temporary Storage

  • Assuming the shipment has been accepted:

    • Move items away from extremes of temperature and weather:

      • Out of the cold or heat of the sun.
      • Do not allow chemical, biological, or radiological packages to get wet.
    • Physically segregate chemical, biological, and radiological shipments from other types of packages.
    • Group chemical shipments according to compatibility.
      • For example, corrosives, oxidizers, etc.

Delivery to USF Departments

  • Chemical deliveries to departments must be made without the use of a vehicle:

    • carry by hand or use a hand truck.

  • Make sure that the package load is reasonable. Do NOT carry too much.
  • Call the receiving department to confirm a person is available to receive the shipment.

Spill Response

  • Spill (breach in packaging and inner container during delivery) is unlikely.

  • If package begins to lead during transit from purchasing/mailroom to campus location:

    • place package away from foot traffic
    • protect yourself and others
    • prevent the contents from leaking into drains or sewers
  • Contact USF Public Safety at extension x6555
    • Public Safety will then contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office
  • Remain available to answer questions about the incident.

Perishable Items

  • The delivery must often occur ASAP

    • First read the package label or packing slip.

    • Take note of the temperature storage requirements which are often listed.
    • Refer to the MSDS if available.
  • Call the Office of Environmental Health and Safety if you are unable to contact the client for delivery
    • The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will then attempt to store the item appropriately.

Hazard Labels and Placards

  • Regulations (domestic and international) govern shipment of hazardous materials/dangerous goods.

  • Requirements for packaging, labeling, and placarding (if any) very depending on material shipped and quantity shipped.

  • In some cases, the dry ice is the only thing in the package which creates the label requirement.

USF Chemical Transportation Guide

Label Class/Division Hazard Class Packing Group Volume Limit Weight Limit

USDOT Flammable Gas Warning Symbol

USDOT Symbol for Non Flammable Gas

2.1/2.2 Compressed Gasses Cylinder Gross Weight Less Than 220 lbs Cylinder Gross Weight Less Than 220 lbs Cylinder Gross Weight Less Than 220 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Flammable Substance 3 Flammable & Combustible Liquid
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Flammable Solid 4.1 Flammable Solid
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Oxidizer 5.1 Oxidizer
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Organic Peroxide 5.2 Organic Peroxide
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Toxic Substances 6.1 Poisons
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Infectious Substances 6.2 Infectious Substance - 1 gal 8.8 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Corrosive Substances 8 Corrosive
PG1
PG2 & PG3
1 pint
8 gal
1 lb
66 lbs
USDOT Symbol for Miscellaneous Substances 9 Other Hazardous Materials - 8 gal 66 lbs

 


USF Chemical Transportation Compatibility Matrix

 

USDOT Flammable Gas Warning Symbol

2.1

USDOT Symbol for Non Flammable Gas

2.2

USDOT Symbol for Flammable Substance

3

USDOT Symbol for Flammable Solid

4.1

USDOT Symbol for Oxidizer

5.1

USDOT Symbol for Organic Peroxide

5.2

USDOT Symbol for Toxic Substances

6.1

USDOT Symbol for Infectious Substances

6.2

USDOT Symbol for Corrosive Substances

8

USDOT Symbol for Miscellaneous Substances

9

USDOT Flammable Gas Warning Symbol

2.1

OK OK OK OK NO NO OK OK OK ASK

USDOT Symbol for Non Flammable Gas

2.2

OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK

USDOT Symbol for Flammable Substance

3

OK OK OK OK NO NO OK OK OK ASK

USDOT Symbol for Flammable Solid

4.1

OK OK OK OK NO NO OK OK OK ASK

USDOT Symbol for Oxidizer

5.1

NO OK NO NO OK OK OK OK NO ASK

USDOT Symbol for Organic Peroxide

5.2

NO OK NO NO OK OK OK OK NO ASK

USDOT Symbol for Toxic Substances

6.1

OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK ASK

USDOT Symbol for Infectious Substances

6.2

OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK ASK

USDOT Symbol for Corrosive Substances

8

OK OK NO NO NO NO OK OK NO ASK

USDOT Symbol for Miscellaneous Substances

9

ASK OK ASK ASK ASK ASK ASK ASK ASK OK

 


USDOT Symbol for Explosives

Explosives

Class 1

USDOT Symbol for Spontaneously Combustible

Spontaneously Combustible

Class 4.2

USDOT Symbol for Radioactive Substances

Radioactive

Class 7

USDOT Symbol for Substances Dangerous When Wet

Dangerous When Wet

Class 4.3

On Campus transport is restricted.

Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office for more information.


For Additional Information:

Materials of Trade Exceptions

Table of Hazardous Materials and Special Provisions

Hazard Communication