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A Guide to Hazard Labels

17 September 2018 | Packaging Guidance

Shippers Responsibility for Hazard Labels

It’s the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that all necessary hazard labels and any applicable markings are placed on each package of dangerous goods. Where an overpack is used, the hazard labels and markings on each package must be replicated on the outside.

Hazard Label Size

Dependent on the size of the package, appropriate hazard labels and markings must be used – the most common is 100mm x 100mm. Information about label sizes can be found within relevant dangerous goods regulations for the method of transport chosen (IATA, ADR IMDG.)

Marking and labelling of dangerous goods

Any irrelevant markings or hazard labels that are placed on a package must be removed or obliterated to avoid cause confusion and ensure that the correct hazard class can be identified.

What is the purpose of hazard labels?

Each hazard class has its own associated hazard labels. This helps shippers and consignees to identify the risks associated, and ensure compliance packaging and transportation is found throughout the entirety of the journey.

Types of dangerous goods labels

The hazard classes range from Class 1 to Class 9.

Class 1 – Explosives

Class 2 – Gases

Class 3 – Flammable Liquids

Class 4 – Flammable Solids

Class 5 – Oxidizing Substances

Class 6 – Toxic & Infectious Substances

Class 7 – Radioactive Materials

Class 8 – Corrosives

Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Alongside the 9 hazard classes, there are a number of additional dangerous goods hazard labels that are necessary for some types of shipments, including for transporting lithium batteries for dry ice and items that are suitable only for cargo aircraft only.

Hazard Labels

We can provide hazard labels of any quantity, available for next day delivery.

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