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Closure Instruction Requirements Modified by PHMSA

October 13th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

Seeming to receive ongoing attention from the DOT, the Closure Instruction requirements have been modified. With regard to Closure Instructions, 49 CFR 178.2(c)(1)(i) was revised to specify that the closure instructions “must provide for a consistent and repeatable means of closure that is sufficient to ensure the packaging is closed in the same manner as it was tested.” This modification seeks to further encourage packaging manufacturers, resellers and shippers to read and understand the requirements of proper closure. Proper closure is the most critical element of insurance that a dangerous goods package performs as tested. With revised versions of the Code of Federal Regulations printed annually taking into account regulation changes that are effective as of October 1 of each particular year, PHMSA has chosen October 1, 2010, as the effective date for this regulatory enhancement. Those affected should ensure they are in compliance on the date the requirements take effect. Follow these links for more Closure Instruction information and to check out our highly acclaimed Closure Instruction videos.

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