January 1, 2013: PHMSA – (FR) “Y” LTD QTY label required for Air Shipments

“Y” LTD QTY Label NOW REQUIRED for hazmat shipments in limited quantities by air transportation! HM-215K

This is a reminder that the Y LTD QTY label is now the only acceptable label for shipping “Limited Quantities” of hazardous materials by air as of 1/1/2013. For those in the US, this means that the old style with the UN ID number in the middle are no longer permitted for air. (see below)

Please also remember that if you use the “Y” label on a package that you intend to go for ground transportation only, the Y indicates that it is in all respects in compliance with requirements for air transportation so your package must meet that requirement. This includes (depending upon the hazard class and packing group): absorbent material, secondary closures, quantity limitations applicable to LTD QTY air transportation, and packages tested to 95kp of pressure.

No longer permitted for LTD QTY air shipments:Wht Sq on Pt

Now Required for LTD QTY air shipments : Y LTD QTY

Author: Wendy Buckley

Wendy has been in the hazardous materials industry for over 17 years. She worked for both the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey State Department of Transportation as a Railroad Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. Wendy was an Investigator with the Office of Inspector General at Amtrak, a Multi-Modal HazMat Instructor and Auditor with a premier training and consulting company, and managed the Regulatory Affairs department at a multi-billion dollar, multi-national laboratory supply company. Wendy started her career as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Firefighter and today she is the President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services, a hazardous materials and hazardous waste management consulting firm. Wendy has multiple degrees from several private and public Universities.