For those of you not familiar with the DOT Chart 14, it is a fantastic guidance document produced and distributed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the US DOT. It contains helpful information on three of the four hazardous material communication methods required by the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR):
- Warning Labels, and;
The missing HazMat communication method is: Shipping Papers.
At just four pages, the DOT Chart 14 is not a comprehensive source of information, nor is it intended to be a substitute for the regulations; as it reads on the cover, “NOTE: This document is for general guidance only and should not be used to determine compliance with 49 CFR, Parts 100-185.” And don’t be misled by the translation to Spanish; the HMR requires all HazMat shipping papers, markings, warning labels, and placards to be in English. The intent, I imagine, of this translated version is to assist you as the HazMat Employer to fulfill the requirement to provide full training to your Spanish speaking HazMat Employees every three years (49 CFR 172, Subpart H).
The DOT Chart 14, both English and Spanish, is available from the following sources:
- Download and print a color copy from the PHMSA website for free (English or Spanish),
- Purchase a copy from a commercial supplier, or;
- Purchase a copy directly from the PHMSA for much less than you’ll spend at a commercial supplier.
I have used the DOT Chart 14 as a part of my HazMat Employee training for years, going back to when it used to be known as the DOT Chart 12 and was produced by the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), precursor to the PHMSA. I strongly recommend its use to assist you in complying with the Hazardous Material Regulations at your facility.