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Interpretation Response #11-0230 ([DHL Global Forwarding] [Ms. Dorothea A. Welk])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: DHL Global Forwarding

Individual Name: Ms. Dorothea A. Welk

Location State: WA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

December 6, 2011



Ms. Dorothea A. Welk

Dangerous Goods Compliance Specialist

DHL Global Forwarding

1905 Raymond Ave. SW.

Renton, WA 98057

Reference No.: 11-0230

Dear Ms. Welk:

This is in response to your September 1, 2011 letter requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) as they pertain to the immediate availability of emergency response information. Specifically you ask if while a hazardous material is in a warehouse awaiting transport if emergency response information must be available in a hard copy or can it be electronically based and printed when needed.

It is the opinion of this office that a printed hard copy of emergency response information must be present at a facility where a hazardous material is received, stored, or handled during transportation. Emergency response information is required by § 172.600(c)(1) to be immediately available for use at all times hazardous materials are present in the transportation stream. Facility operators where hazardous materials are stored are required by § 172.602(c)(2) to maintain the information required by § 172.602(a) whenever the hazardous material is present and must have the information available in a location that is immediately accessible to facility personnel in the event of an incident involving the hazardous material.

I hope this satisfies your inquiry. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.


Delmer Billings

Senior Regulatory Advisor

Standards and Rulemaking Division

172.600, 172.602

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.600 Applicability and general requirements
172.602 Emergency response information