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Consumer Commodities Regulations


Consumer CommoditiesThis section of the website is intended to provide an overview of the laws, glossary of key terms, guidance for compliance, and additional resources. You may call 800.413.8867 for additional support, or complete our online form. A dangerous goods packaging consultant will be in touch.


Regulatory Changes


Current definitions of the ORM-D hazard class, used to ship consumer commodities including household chemicals, certain beauty products, automotive additives, and thousands of goods that are commonly stocked on the shelves of major retailers appear in 49 CFR 171.8, and other parts of 49 CFR govern the shipment of different goods by ground or by air.


NOTE: PHMSA eliminated the ORM-D Air hazard class as of December 31, 2012. As of its latest (January 7, 2013) HM-215K rulemaking, the ORM-D hazard class must be phased out by December 31, 2020.


Succinctly, this Rulemaking (HM-215K) impacts:


  • the way these goods are shipped;
  • the way these goods are packaged and labeled for shipment; and
  • employe training requirements;
  • and it may impact testing on certain packages.

Support for Complying with the New Laws


Read our Consumer Commodities Compliance Checklist, or call 800.413.8867 to speak with a Dangerous Goods Packaging Consultant. We've helped numerous customers review their current packaging, testing, documentation, training, and more. Or if you prefer, complete our online form and we will be in contact.


Read the technical guidance document published by the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. It is an excellent primer on the law, the changes, and more.