ORM-D Consumer Commodity marking phased out on packages with hazardous materials

January 25, 2021


The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that as of January 1, 2021, hazmat shippers are no longer able to use the ORM-D Consumer Commodity marking on packages containing limited quantities of low-risk hazardous materials.

Packages must be marked with the Limited Quantity marking in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 173.156. The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration states the rule applies to butane gas bottles, chlorine, screen acids, torch kits, and other similar materials.

This is an important note for the groundwater industry as many of these items are carried on water well rigs, pump trucks, and water trucks utilized by water well contractors.

To ensure proper transport and shipment of these materials, review the official announcement and ORM-D phase-out poster.