Shipping Labels & Placards
Transporters must comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and place proper identification and classification of hazardous material during transporting and shipping. Properly labeling chemicals will alert motorist and emergency responders of the presence of hazardous materials. DOT Placards must be placed on each end and each side of the transportation vehicle, per DOT and must be on bulk packages, or containers containing non-bulk packages. There are nine main hazard classifications that have mandated color schemes, symbols, words, and numbers to identify the hazardous material. DOT Shipping labels ensure safe handling of packages and communicate hazardous information about the contents of the package. Proper Shipping Name labels combine labeling requirements for shipping of hazardous materials with proper shipping name and identification number.