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9.3.4 – The Hazmat Shipping Paper

The shipping paper describes a shipment. A shipping paper for hazardous materials must include:

  • Page numbers if the shipping paper has more than one page. The first page must tell the total number of pages
  • A proper shipping description for each hazardous material.
  • A shipper's certification, signed by the shipper, saying the shipment was prepared according to the regulations.

9.3.5 – The Item Description

If a shipping paper describes both hazardous and non-hazardous products, the hazardous materials must be listed in one of the following ways:

  • Described first
  • Highlighted in a contrasting color
  • Identified by an “X” placed before the shipping name in a column captioned “HM.” The letters “RQ” may be used instead of “X” if a reportable quantity is present in one package

The basic description of hazardous materials must include the following in this order:

  • The identification number
  • The proper shipping name
  • Hazard class or division and the packing group (if any)

The packing group is displayed in Roman numerals and may be preceded by “PG.”

The identification number, shipping name and hazard class must not be abbreviated unless specifically authorized in the hazardous materials regulations. The description must also show:

  • The total quantity and unit of measure.
  • The number and type of packages (ex. 6 drums).
  • The letters “RQ,” if a reportable quantity.
  • If the letters “RQ” appear, the name of the hazardous substance.
  • For all materials with the letter “G” (Generic) in Column 1 of the Hazardous Materials Table, the technical name of the hazardous material.

Shipping papers also must list an emergency response telephone number. The emergency response telephone number is the responsibility of the shipper. It can be used by emergency responders to obtain information about any hazardous materials involved in a spill or fire.

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What must be included on the shipping paper for a hazardous materials load?

  • A proper shipping description for each hazardous material.
  • A shipper's certification, signed by the shipper, saying the shipment was prepared according to the regulations.
  • All these are correct
  • Page numbers if the shipping paper has more than one page. The first page must tell the total number of pages

The shipping paper describes a shipment. A shipping paper for hazardous materials must include:

  • Page numbers if the shipping paper has more than one page. The first page must tell the total number of pages
  • A proper shipping description for each hazardous material.
  • A shipper's certification, signed by the shipper, saying the shipment was prepared according to the regulations.
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if a shipping paper describes both hazardous and non-hazardous products, the hazardous materials must be listed in which of the following ways?

  • The hazardous materials must be highlighted in a contrasting color
  • The hazardous materials must be described first
  • All these are correct
  • The hazardous materials must be identified by an “X” placed before the shipping name in a column captioned “HM.” The letters “RQ” may be used instead of “X” if a reportable quantity is present in one package

If a shipping paper describes both hazardous and non-hazardous products, the hazardous materials must be listed in one of the following ways:

  • Described first
  • Highlighted in a contrasting color
  • Identified by an “X” placed before the shipping name in a column captioned “HM.” The letters “RQ” may be used instead of “X” if a reportable quantity is present in one package
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The basic description of hazardous materials must include the following items, but in what order?

  • 1) The proper shipping name, 2) hazard class or division and the packing group, 3) the identification number
  • 1) Hazard class or division and the packing group, 2) the proper shipping name, 3) the identification number
  • 1) The proper shipping name, 2) the identification number, 3) Hazard class or division and the packing group
  • 1) The identification number, 2) the proper shipping name, 3) hazard class or division and the packing group

The basic description of hazardous materials must include the following in this order:

  • The identification number
  • The proper shipping name
  • Hazard class or division and the packing group (if any)
Yes, it's possible they will ask this on the test. It's hard to say. Just remember, "number, name, class"
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Hazardous materials shipping papers must include detailed information about the product, but what else must be included and is the responsibility of the shipper?

  • The federal hazmat approval number
  • The location of the nearest emergency response facility
  • The emergency response telephone number
  • The restricted cargo declaration number
Shipping papers also must list an emergency response telephone number. The emergency response telephone number is the responsibility of the shipper. It can be used by emergency responders to obtain information about any hazardous materials involved in a spill or fire.
Hopefully, you will never use it, but make sure you know who to call in case of a spill or accident
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