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Interpretation Response #05-0180 ([Airgas-SAFECOR] [Mr. John Anderson])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Airgas-SAFECOR

Individual Name: Mr. John Anderson

Location State: WY Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Jan 17, 2006


Mr. John Anderson                    Reference No. 05-0180
P.O. Box 20067
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Dear Mr. Anderson:

This responds to your July 7, 2005 email requesting clarification on shipping paper descriptions under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Specifically, you ask if it is permissible to split the proper shipping description between two pages of the shipping paper.

Section 172.202(b) of the HMR requires the basic shipping description to be shown in sequence with no additional information interspersed. The basic shipping description must be easily recognizable and available to emergency responders in the event of an incident. Section 172.201(c) permits information to be carried over to additional pages of a shipping paper. Thus, depending on the format used, it may be permissible for a shipping description to be split between two pages of the shipping paper. However, the example you provided does not conform to the requirements in § 172.202(b) because the additional information included on your shipping paper makes it difficult to identify the complete shipping description.

I hope this answers your inquiry.



John A. Gale
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers