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Pre-Transportation Functions
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A pre-transportation function is any function specified in the hazardous materials regulations that is required to assure the safe transportation of a hazardous material in commerce, including but not limited to:

  1. determining the hazard class of a hazardous material;
  2. selecting a hazardous materials packaging;
  3. filling a hazardous materials packaging, including a bulk packaging;
  4. securing a closure on a filled or partially filled hazardous materials package or container or on a package or container containing a residue of a hazardous material;
  5. marking a package to indicate that it contains a hazardous material;
  6. labeling a package to indicate that it contains a hazardous material;
  7. preparing a shipping paper;
  8. providing and maintaining emergency response information;
  9. reviewing a shipping paper to verify compliance with the hazardous materials regulations or international equivalents;
  10. for each person importing a hazardous material into the United States, providing the shipper with timely and complete information as to the hazardous materials regulations requirements that will apply to the transportation of the material within the United States;
  11. certifying that a hazardous material is in proper condition for transportation in conformance with the requirements of the hazardous materials regulations;
  12. loading, blocking, and bracing a hazardous materials package in a freight container or transport vehicle;
  13. segregating a hazardous materials package in a freight container or transport vehicle from incompatible cargo; and
  14. selecting, providing, or affixing placards for a freight container or transport vehicle to indicate that it contains a hazardous material.

Hazardous Materials Regulations defined at 49 CFR 171.8.  The above functions are enumerated in 49 CFR 171.1(b) and 171.8.

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