New Hazardous Material Shipping Regulations


Every year, regulatory authorities publish updates and changes to regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials. Take note of the changes in hazardous material shipping labels that go into effect on January 1, 2017.

One example of a small change that was made to a commonly-used label:



(The difference is the width of the line surrounding the diamond.)

If you are shipping within the United States, you have until 12/31/18 to use up your current stock. If you are shipping internationally, you must start using the new labels as of 1/1/17. Please make sure you are ordering the updated versions if you purchase these labels in the future.

Additional changes to the rules governing shipments of lithium batteries, including a new label (shown below) required on some packages that replaces the Class 9 DOT hazard label.


Be sure to sign up for training courses in Shipping Hazardous materials.

If you have questions about any of these changes, please contact EH&S at