Environmentally Hazardous Mark - The New Marine Pollutant Label

With the latest release of the UN Recommendations on the Transport and packaging or Dangerous Goods, a new label (the Environmentally Hazardous Substance Mark) has been introduced to mark goods previously classed as Marine Pollutants.

Environmentally Hazardous Substance Label Introduction

The introduction of the new environmentally hazardous substance label is being adopted by different regulations in a somewhat phased approach. For example, the previous marine pollutant mark will remain compliant under 49 CFR and IMDG until the 31st December 2009. As from the 1st January 2010 the new Environmentally Hazardous Label will be mandatory in the marking of all goods classed as Marine Pollutants. The Environmentally Hazardous label is now a diamond as opposed to the old marine pollutant label which was a triangular label:

How / When To Use The Environmentally Hazardous Substance Mark

 According to the IMDG Code, the environmentally hazardous label should be used to placard Marine Pollutants as below:

A Marine Pollutant marking measuring at least 100 mm per side must be applied to:

  1. A non-bulk package for sea transport that contains a marine pollutant. The mark shall be placed in association with the hazard warning labels.
  2. A bulk packaging that has a capacity of less than 3,785 L (1,000 gallons). The package must be marked on at least two opposing sides or two ends other than the bottom. The markings must be visible from the direction it faces. (Marking may have the same outside dimensions as a placard)

A Marine Pollutant marking measuring at least 250 mm per side must be applied to:

  1. A bulk packaging having a capacity of 3,785 L (1,000 gallons) or more.The packaging must be marked on each end and each side. The mark must be visible from the direction it faces.

A vehicle containing any of the above packagings or a standard freight container (CTU) that contains any of the packagings mentioned above must be marked with the Environmentally Hazardous Substance Marine Pollutant mark. The mark must appear on each side and each end of the transport vehicle or freight container.