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Interpretation Response #09-0237 ([Ecolab] [Mr. Stephen V. Schulte])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Ecolab

Individual Name: Mr. Stephen V. Schulte

Location State: MN Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

December 2, 2009




Mr. Stephen V. Schulte, CHMM, CPP, DGSA

Director, Global Transportation Compliance


370 Wabasha Street N

St. Paul, MN 55102

Ref. No. 09-0237

Dear Mr. Schulte:

This responds to your October 22, 2009 request for clarification of shipping paper requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Specifically, you ask if commonly used names of packagings may be used to satisfy the requirements in §172.202(a)(7) to indicate the type of packaging on shipping papers.

The answer is yes. Commonly used and recognizable names for a packaging, such as pail, box, drum, cylinder, and the like, may be used to describe the type of packaging on shipping papers under §172.202(a)(7) requirements.

I hope this answers your inquiry. If you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact this Office.


Charles E. Betts

Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers