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Q&A: Shipping Chemistry Sets in Time for Christmas

Q&A: Shipping Chemistry Sets in Time for Christmas

An email I received December 17, 2015 (I swear I am not making this up!):

Hi Daniel,

I have a question regarding the hazmat shipping exception: Small Quantities for Highway and Rail. I’m trying to ship an order of chemistry sets which have 8 hazardous materials:

(3 grams)   Calcium Metal                                UN1401                                4.3

(25mL)       Hydrogen Peroxide                         UN2984                                5.1

(20 grams)  Magnesium                                    UN1869                                          4.1

(25 grams)  Potassium Persulfate                     UN1492                                5.1

(1 gram)     Silver Nitrate                                  UN1493                                5.1

(15 grams)  Potassium Permanganate               UN1490                                5.1

(30 grams)  Sodium Hydroxide                          UN1823                                8

(20mL)       Sulfuric Acid                                  UN2796                                8

Each chemical is in either Packing Group II or III. To my best judgement, this falls under the Small Quantities exception. Is that correct? Also, would the class 8 materials need to be shipped separately? When I researched segregation/compatibility, class 8 was the only class that raised an issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.

(12.18.16)  I was traveling and figured that a short answer was better than no answer, so I pointed him to the applicable regulation:

I can give you a quick answer right now.

Based on the information you’ve provided, I suggest you refer to 49 CFR 173.161 for packaging instructions for chemical kits and first aid kits.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any other questions.
A few days later, and back in the office, I decided to see if I could be of any more help (12.22.16):
I am back in the office and have more time to discuss the above with you if you have additional questions.

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A little too late for Christmas but he did write me back on January 4, 2016:

Sorry for the delayed response. If I were to ship the sets using the Small Quantities for Highway and Rail method, is the package still considered hazmat? There isn’t a large price difference in shipping the sets as hazmat, I’m just curious if I need to mark them as such or not.

Thanks for the help,
My reply that day:

The packing instructions of 49 CFR 173.161 allows for the transportation of chemical kits per the Small Quantity or Excepted Quantity exceptions.  If so, they still remain a hazardous material but are excepted from most of the requirements of the hazardous material regulations, e.g. specification packaging, shipping papers, HazMat labels, HazMat Employee training (perhaps!).

I suggest you refer to 173.161.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you require HazMat Employee training.

Contact me with any questions you may have about the transportation of hazardous materials by air, highway, vessel, or rail

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I hope that limited assistance was enough to keep me on the “Good” list.

Don’t you hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about the transportation of chemical kits, first aid kits, or any other hazardous material.