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Hazardous Materials (FedEx Ground): Resources

Hazardous Materials (FedEx Ground): Resources

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We have shipping guides, contacts, training opportunities, sample forms and more to help you prepare hazardous materials shipments.

Shipping dangerous goods via FedEx Express? Start here.

 

The information on this page includes your key resources for shipping hazardous materials. Many of these forms and job aids are updated on a regular basis, so keep checking back for the most current information.

 

Shipping Guide and Other Resources1

Resources More Information
Online Training Information Get information on online training that helps you meet government requirements for shipping lithium batteries and other hazardous materials.
Overview of Shipping Hazardous Materials
Refer to this guide for complete information on shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground.
FedEx® DG Ready Program To ship hazardous materials with added confidence, use a FedEx DG Ready solution to prevalidate your shipments before you offer them to FedEx Ground.
FedEx Ship Manager® Software Instructions Download the FedEx Ship Manager Software help guide if you use FedEx Ship Manager Software to process hazardous materials and dangerous goods shipments for transport. The guide provides instructions for creating shipments and shipping profiles, printing forms and building a database of frequently shipped hazardous materials and dangerous goods.
Hazardous Materials Table Download this table for hazardous materials descriptions and proper shipping names, hazard classes, codes, exceptions and FedEx Ground restrictions.

1Disclaimer: Proper training is required under federal, state and/or international regulations to handle, ship, package or transport dangerous goods and/or hazardous materials. All persons and entities must comply with all federal, state, or international governmental regulations and requirements including, but not limited to, the specific training requirements of 49 C.F.R. (172.700–172.704). FedEx Ground provides materials and advice as a courtesy, to be used as guidelines to assist properly trained shippers. The information provided by FedEx Ground in no way alters, satisfies or influences any federal, state or international governmental requirements. The information provided does not meet the training requirements as required by regulations, including DOT 49 C.F.R. The study and/or use of this information does not qualify an individual to prepare, package, transport or otherwise handle dangerous goods or hazardous materials. The information contained in this document is subject to change or update due to changing government regulations. The user of this information assumes responsibility for complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the shipment of dangerous goods. FedEx Ground shall not be held responsible for any loss, injury and/or damage caused by errors, omissions, misprints or misrepresentations of the contents of this document or for any unauthorized or inappropriate use.

Phone numbers to call for information on hazardous materials
 

Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline

1.800.463.3339 and say “hazardous materials”

  • Get information on packaging, marking, labeling and documentation for FedEx Ground® hazardous materials shipment or FedEx Express dangerous goods.
  • Ask about hazardous materials and dangerous goods surcharges that may apply to your shipment.
  • Get details on FedEx Ground hazardous materials online training or FedEx Express dangerous goods seminars.
  • Get information about your hazardous materials contract or dangerous goods preapprovals.

 

U.S. Customer Service

1.800.463.3339

  • Schedule a pickup of FedEx Ground hazardous materials or FedEx Express dangerous goods.
  • Order supplies for a hazardous materials or dangerous goods shipment.
  • Get information about shipping firearms.

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

1.800.467.4922

Get information on transportation requirements for hazardous materials shipments.

 

Billing Inquiries

1.800.622.1147

Ask questions about your hazardous materials invoice.

Online training that meets government requirements

Need to know how to ship lithium batteries and other hazardous materials? Sign up for Ship Safe. Ship Smart, our online training course. The course follows guidelines outlined in the Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR). Following HMR guidelines, you’ll learn hazardous materials general awareness requirements as well as specific information about shipping hazardous materials in the FedEx Ground network.

Download our brochure to learn more. If you have additional questions, please call 1.800.463.3339 and say “hazardous materials.”

 

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Documenting hazardous materials shipments

Hazardous materials shipping forms OP-900LL, and OP-900LG and the Hazardous Materials Certification are documents used to identify hazardous materials shipments tendered for shipment. It is your responsibility as the shipper to ensure that your shipments have the appropriate documentation and that all forms are accurate and complete.

FedEx Ground requires all hazardous materials paperwork to be completed and submitted electronically using a FedEx® electronic shipping solution, a FedEx recognized hazardous materials vendor software application, a FedEx® Compatible program application or a custom solution that has the ability to transmit hazardous materials shipping information electronically. FedEx electronic shipping solutions include FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com, FedEx Ship Manager® Software, FedEx Ship Manager® Server and FedEx Web Services.

Download the FedEx Ship Manager Software Help Guide if you use FedEx Ship Manager Software to process dangerous goods and hazardous materials shipments for transport. The guide provides instructions for creating shipments and shipping profiles, printing forms, and building a database of frequently shipped dangerous goods and hazardous materials.

DOT basic description for hazardous materials

The information you enter on the OP-900LL or OP-900LG and the Hazardous Materials Certification must be in accordance with DOT regulations. The shipper or the shipper’s agent must supply this information. All entries must be typed or computer-generated in English and cannot contain unauthorized abbreviations or other unauthorized information.

To complete many of the fields on these forms, you’ll need to refer to the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table. Key information you must provide includes:

Shipper’s name and address. The address label on the packaging will suffice provided it identifies the shipper by name and address.

Shipper's name (OP-900 LG and OP-900 LL). List the shipper's name and/or contract number with emergency response information.

Number of packages and type of packaging. The number of packages and type of packaging must be indicated by a description of the package(s) (for example, “1 fiberboard box”). The packaging specification number (4G) may be included (for example, “1 4G box”). Abbreviations may be used for indicating packaging types (for example, “cyl.” for “cylinder”), provided the abbreviations are commonly accepted and recognized.

To comply with DOT regulations, information must be listed in the following order on your shipping forms:

  1. The UN/NA identification number. Listed in column 4 of the Hazardous Materials Table.
  2. The DOT proper shipping name. Listed in column 2 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. If the letter “G” is listed in column 1 of the table, you must enter a technical name in parentheses following the proper shipping name. For example: Flammable liquid n.o.s. (Ethanol).
    Note: Words shown in italics are not part of the shipping name, but may be used to further describe materials if you choose to do so.
  3. Hazard class or division. Listed numerically in column 3 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. The subsidiary hazard class or subsidiary division number must be entered in parentheses following the primary hazard class or division number.
  4. Packing group, if required. Listed in column 5 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Packing groups must be displayed in Roman numerals (i.e., I, II, III). Class 2 and Class 7 materials are not assigned packing groups.

The total quantity (weight) by mass, capacity or as otherwise appropriate for the hazardous material you are shipping.
 

Note: We request that you indicate the quantity of your hazardous material in pounds. This will enable us to tally the weight of hazardous materials on a vehicle more efficiently. The following abbreviations are authorized:

Ounce = oz.

Pound = lb.

Gram = g.

Kilogram = kg.

Gallon = gal.

Liter = L

Quart = qt.

Pint = pt.

Milliliter = ML

Type of DOT label(s). Required from column 6 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. Additional information such as limited quantity (Ltd. Qty.) or a DOT exemption number may be entered in this field when required.

Recipient’s name and address. Note that this field is not listed on the OP-900LL — the address label on the packaging will suffice provided it identifies the recipient by name and address. It is listed on the OP-900LG, however.

The FedEx Ground barcode shipper and package numbers for the hazardous materials shipment.

The Shipper's Certification on form OP-950. This must be legibly signed by an authorized representative of the shipper (the signature also can be typed or computer-generated).

Emergency contact telephone number. Shippers must provide a 24-hour emergency contact telephone number (including area code) in the event of an emergency involving the hazardous materials.

Forms

Example of Shipper's Hazardous Materials Certification

Notes:

  • Shippers using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately. 
Example of Hazardous Materials Shipping Paper, OP-900LG

  • Shippers using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately. 
Example of Hazardous Materials Shipping Paper, OP-900LL

  • Shippers using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately.

Sample Completed Forms

For packages prepared under 49 CFR 173.13. Packages prepared under this exception do not require DOT diamond-shaped hazard labels. The statement “This package conforms to 49 CFR 173.13” must be marked on the outer package.

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 1: Exception 49 CFR 173.13

The following is a sample form for shipping corrosive material.

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 2: Corrosive Material

The following is a sample form for shipping flammable liquids.

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 3: Flammable Liquid

FedEx Ground may require certain materials to be shipped in DOT special permit packaging, or you may utilize a DOT special permit for other reasons. When shipments are prepared under a DOT special permit, all shipping forms must reflect the appropriate DOT-SP number. For Class 6.1 materials, you must provide a DOT special permit or 49 CFR 173.13 exception (see example No. 1) that eliminates the need for a diamond-shaped hazard label.

 

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 4: DOT Special Permit

Radioactive shipments require important information in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty., Special Permit or Required Information field of hazardous materials shipping forms. Please call 1.800.463.3339 and say “hazardous materials” for more information.

 

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 5: Radioactive

Some DOT proper shipping names require a technical name to be included. Proper names that must include a technical name in parentheses are indicated by the letter “G” in column 1 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table. The letters “n.o.s.” often indicate a required technical name, but not in all cases. Always refer to column 1 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table for more information.

 

Example of a completed package label for OP-900LL and OP-900LG Example No. 6: Technical Name Required

 

  • For Class 1 explosives, you are required to provide EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in accordance with 49 CFR 173.320 on your packaging and/or shipping forms. List the EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty. or Special Permit field of the OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification. See 49 CFR 173.56 and 49 CFR 172.320. 
  • All lighters or lighter refills identified as UN 1057 must have the appropriate "LAA" number listed on the shipping form.

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