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Interpretation Response #10-0081 ([Gilmore Environmental Consulting, LLC] [Mr. John Thompson])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Gilmore Environmental Consulting, LLC

Individual Name: Mr. John Thompson

Location State: NJ Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

September 16, 2010




Mr. John Thompson

Gilmore Environmental Consulting, LLC

4 Vermont Square

Edgewater Park, NJ 08010-3123

Reference No. 10-0081

Dear Mr. Thompson:

This is in response to your e-mail requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) regarding the use of punctuation marks. Specifically, you ask whether a hyphen is required between the words "Poison" or "Toxic" and the word "Inhalation" when the words "Poison Inhalation Hazard" or "Toxic Inhalation Hazard" are required by § 172.203(m) to be entered on the shipping paper following the basic description.

The answer is no. The words can be entered with or without the hyphens. Also, for your information, § 172.101(c)(2) cited in your e-mail is specific to proper shipping names as entered in Column (2) of the § 172.101 Hazardous Materials Table and specifies that punctuation marks are not part of the proper shipping name and may be used, but are not required. The words "Poison Inhalation Hazard" or "Toxic Inhalation Hazard" as specified in § 172.203(m) are not part of the proper shipping name, but are required information that follows the basic description.

I hope this information is helpful. Please contact this office should you have additional questions.


T. Glenn Foster, Chief

Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

172.203(m), 172.101

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.101 Purpose and use of hazardous materials table
172.203 Additional description requirements