Federal Hazmat

This document provides only a general overview of the requirements for transporting hazardous materials by highway.

For more specific requirements, carriers and shippers should consult the most current edition of 49 CFR Parts 100-185. Motor carriers should also consult the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

The definition of HAZARDOUS MATERIALS includes those materials designated by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation as posing an unreasonable threat to the public and the environment. The term “Hazardous Materials” includes all of the following: (1) Hazardous Substances, (2) Hazardous Wastes, (3) Marine Pollutants, (4) Elevated Temperature Material (5) Materials identified in 172.101, and (6) Materials meeting the definitions contained in Part 173.

CLASS 1 EXPLOSIVES

DIVISION 1.1 MASS EXPLOSIVE HAZARD
DIVISION 1.2 PROJECTION HAZARD
DIVISION 1.3 MASS FIRE HAZARD
DIVISION 1.4 MINOR EXPLOSION HAZARD
DIVISION 1.5 VERY INSENSITIVE EXPLOSIVES
DIVISION 1.6 EXTREMELY INSENSITIVE EXPLOSIVES

Explosives were formerly classified as Class A, B, C or Blasting Agent. A comparison of the old and new classification system is contained in 173.53.

In addition to the change in classification systems we are now concerned with compatibility groups which are designated by alpha characters: 1.1A, 1.2D, etc. Information on the different compatibility groups are contained in 49 CFR 173.52.

CLASS 2 GASES

DIVISION 2.1 FLAMMABLE GASES
DIVISION 2.2 NON-FLAMMABLE GASES
DIVISION 2.3 POISONOUS OR TOXIC

This class includes materials that are Compressed, Dissolved under Pressure, or Pressurized Cryogenic Liquids, and Liquefied Gases

CLASS 3 FLAMMABLE LIQUID

Includes materials whose Flash Point (FP) is not more than 141F

NOTE: See Combustible Liquids below

CLASS 4 FLAMMABLE SOLIDS

DIVISION 4.1 FLAMMABLE SOLID
DIVISION 4.2 SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
DIVISION 4.3 DANGEROUS WHEN WET

CLASS 5 OXIDIZING SUBSTANCES; ORGANIC PEROXIDES

DIVISION 5.1 OXIDIZER
DIVISION 5.2 ORGANIC PEROXIDE

CLASS 6 POISONOUS (TOXIC) AND INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES

DIVISION 6.1 POISONOUS (TOXIC) MATERIAL
DIVISION 6.2 INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE

CLASS 7 RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

CLASS 8 CORROSIVES

CLASS 9 MISCELLANEOUS DANGEROUS GOODS *

*Category includes Environmentally Hazardous Substances, Elevated Temperature Material, Hazardous Wastes, and Marine Pollutants.

COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS Materials whose FP is greater than 141 F but less than 200EF are still regulated domestically as combustible liquids. Materials transported domestically only, whose FPs are 100 F up to 141 F may be reclassified as combustible in accordance with 173.120(b).

A COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID which does not sustain combustion is not subject to the requirements of the HMRs. See Appendix H, Part 173 for the required tests.