On January 19, 2011, PHMSA of the US Department of Transportation (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) concluded five years of effort and issued an ever-evolving standard on Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) in accordance with the United Nations Recommendations.
On January 7, 2013, the PHMSA extended this authorization for the use of ORM-D classifications on packaged transported throughout the United States via highway, rail, and vessel through the end of 2020. This deadline is quickly approaching.
The original proposal was scheduled to phase out in stages leading up to 2015, but the extension came as a relief to many companies who ship hazardous materials that meet the specifications of consumer commodities.
What is ORM-D?
ORM-D (other regulated materials for domestic transport only) is a marking for mail or shipping in the United States. Packages with this designation contain hazardous material in a limited quantity that presents a limited hazard during transportation, due to its form, quantity, and packaging.
Many hazardous materials are packaged and distributed in a form intended for retail sale and designed with consumers in mind. These items might include personal care items, medications, household cleaners, or other supplies. Consumer commodities are packaged and designated as safe to ship in a limited quantity.
Examples of ORM-D Consumer Commodities:
- Aerosol cans
- Drain cleaners
- Certain fuel types
- Photographic chemicals
The Code of Federal Regulations defines Consumer Commodities and their exceptions for shipping purposes. Weight and volume restrictions vary by hazard class.
Domestic Shipping Changes
For many businesses, the biggest change will be the marking requirements. The Limited Quantity requirements are set to remain the same as they were under the ORM-D Consumer Commodities requirements.
The use of the ORM-D mark on material transported by aircraft expired on January 1, 2013, and the authorization for domestic shipments by highway, rail, and vessels is set to expire on December 31, 2020. Limited quantities will now be treated as consumer commodities.
Hazardous Waste Generators located throughout the United States depend on HWH Environmental to consider their unique generator status and ensure that all deadlines, EPA regulations and requirements are adhered to correctly. If you find yourself with any questions or concerns about regulatory compliance, contact us today for a consultation or prompt service of your hazardous waste needs.