Packaging solutions provider for dangerous goods Labelmaster has announced that its Capsuloc hazmat shipping container has received a packaging Special Permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Capsuloc containers can ship hazmat by air, ground and rail and are accepted as an exemption shipment by UPS.

Made of hard plastic and featuring a twist-on lid, Capsuloc is an alternative to traditional metal “paint can” secondary containment packaging.

The design provides a compliant seal without needing lock rings and opens and closes by twisting the cap with no tools required. These durable containers can be reused repeatedly without denting or having to replace lock rings and are completely recyclable.

Having passed UN testing, Capsuloc was granted PHMSA Special Permit DOT-SP 21488. This grants relief from hazard class labels, vehicle placarding and segregation requirements and is useful for shipping 6.1 toxic materials.

Capsuloc can be compliantly shipped with its outer UN fibreboard box by air, ground or rail. Additionally, its ability to withstand 100 kPa of hydrostatic pressure allows it to ship by air without the inner container being pressure tested or requiring a pressure bag.

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Labelmaster senior product packaging manager Bill Barger commented: “The metal ‘paint can’ commonly used to transport flammable liquids, toxics, corrosives and oxidizers is inefficient and often ineffective. Capsuloc’s technology reduces the risk of spills, leaks and the frustrations that come with the old paint can approach, and further supports a safer, more compliant supply chain.”

In April 2023, the company released an interactive, 3D online general awareness course to improve awareness around hazardous labelling in handling and shipping.