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Interpretation Response #03-0227 ([OHKA America, Inc.] [Mr. Felix J. Stephens])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: OHKA America, Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Felix J. Stephens

Location State: CA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Sep 29, 2003


Mr. Felix J. Stephens               Reference No. 03-0227
OHKA America, Inc.
Sales Office
190 Topaz Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

Dear Mr. Stephens:

This responds to your letter dated September 8, 2003, regarding whether the color “red”on a
FLAMMABLE LIQUID label is acceptable under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Currently, color charts conforming to Appendix A of Part 172 of the HMR must be used to determine the proper color on hazard warning labels and placards.  The color “red” on the enclosed FLAMMABLE LIQUID label is not acceptable because it does not fall within the color tolerances prescribed on the color tolerance charts specified in § 172.407(d)(4).

Color charts conforming to Appendix A of Part 172 are on display in the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, Room 8422, Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.  You may also order these charts from a commercial source, Hale Color Charts, Inc., 3709 Ocean View Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066; or you may call them at 310-737-9658 or FAX requests to 310-737-9668.

I hope this satisfies your inquiry.  If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.



Susan Gorsky
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.407 Label specifications