SECTION VI. LOADING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FOR SHIPMENT
6.17 Purpose and Applicability
A. The purpose of this section is to provide information on the fundamental principles and
approved methods and techniques used when loading hazardous materials for shipment. The
objective is to achieve waste minimization goals by reducing the loss and damage to shipments
caused by improper loading. To this end, the chapter provides information on blocking, bracing,
and anchoring of shipments. Included are the basic requirements to load hazardous materials for
shipment via highway, rail, air, and water. It is not intended to supersede the Defense
Transportation Regulation, individual service regulations or CFR Title 49. It is presented under
the concept that storage and warehousing personnel need to have a basic understanding of the
procedures and regulations affecting the shipment of products in order to assure the smooth
processing of hazardous materials to the ultimate customer.
B. The provisions of this section do not apply to the shipment of explosives.
C. The contents of this section are provided as general guidance to personnel whose duties may
impact the loading of hazardous materials for shipment.
6.18 Impact of Federal Regulations on Loading Hazardous Materials for Shipment.
Personnel must be knowledgeable of Federal regulations governing the loading of hazardous
materials for shipment. Each mode of transport has specific requirements for loading and
segregation as defined in the modal regulations.
6.19 Maximum Penalties
A. Personnel who knowingly violate the requirements of the HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
TRANSPORTATION ACT and CFR Title 49 are subject to disciplinary action based on the
seriousness of the offense according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Federal
Personnel Manual (FPM) supplement 751, and Agency Code of Penalties (AFI 36-704/AR
CPRS1/NAV CMMI 751.1/MC NCPI 750/DLAR FPM Chapter 751). DOT imposed fines may
be up to ,000 for each violation each day. This applies to any person who manufactures,
fabricates, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, tests, prepares, or otherwise causes the
material to be shipped.
B. Before reviewing specific loading and securing regulations for each mode of transportation,
it is important to consider Title 49 CFR, section 173.1(b), the key regulation under which
installations and other shippers in the United States must operate:
"A shipment of hazardous materials that is not prepared in accordance with this subchapter
may not be offered for transportation by air, highway, rail, or water. It is the responsibility of
each HAZMAT employer subject to the requirements of this subchapter to ensure that each
HAZMAT employee is trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in this subchapter.
It is the duty of each person who offers hazardous materials for transportation to instruct each of
his officers, agents, and employees having any responsibility for preparing hazardous materials
for shipment as to applicable regulations in this subchapter."