June 14, 2023 (Chicago, IL) – Labelmaster, the leading provider of products, services and technology for the safe and compliant transport of dangerous goods (DG) and hazardous materials (hazmat), today announced its Capsuloc™ hazmat shipping container has been granted a packaging Special Permit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This reusable, plastic hazmat shipping container provides a safer, more convenient way to compliantly ship hazmat by air, ground and rail, and is accepted as an exemption shipment by UPS.
Made of hard plastic and featuring a twist-on lid, Capsuloc is a lighter, safer, and more convenient alternative to traditional metal “paint can” secondary containment packaging. Capsuloc’s advanced design provides a compliant seal without needing lock rings and opens and closes by simply twisting the cap – no tools required. These durable containers can be reused repeatedly without denting or having to replace lock rings and are completely recyclable.
Having passed rigorous UN testing, Capsuloc was granted PHMSA Special Permit DOT-SP 21488, which includes additional exemptions to those outlined in the 49 CFR 173.13, and grants relief from hazard class labels, vehicle placarding and segregation requirements – useful for shipping 6.1 toxic materials. Capsuloc can be compliantly shipped with its outer UN fibreboard box by air, ground or rail, and 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.
“Capsuloc provides a more effective and convenient way to ship hazardous liquids and solids or anything that uses metal cans for secondary containment, which often dent, leak and are a real hassle to seal and open,” said Bill Barger, senior packaging product manager, Labelmaster. “Being granted the PHMSA Special Permit makes shipping dangerous goods even more convenient, while enhancing safety and reducing risk due to Capsuloc’s tight seal and durable material.”
Capsuloc’s advanced design provides several operational and financial benefits compared to traditional metal cans:
• Lighter – Capsuloc kits weigh 32% less than paint can kits, so they cost less per unit to ship.
• Smaller – Capsuloc kits are half the size of traditional paint cans, meaning twice as many kits fit on a pallet, so shippers can keep more inventory in the same space.
• Simpler – Capsuloc’s advanced sealing technology makes it easier to open, close and ship, while reducing spills, leaks, and the inefficiencies and risk that comes with using sharp tools to open and close containers.
Barger added, “The metal 'paint can' commonly used to transport flammable liquids, toxics, corrosives and oxidizers is inefficient and often ineffective. Capsuloc’s advanced technology reduces the risk of spills, leaks, smashed fingers, and the frustrations that come with the old paint can approach, and further supports a safer, more compliant supply chain.”
Capsuloc kits are available with different-sized pressurized glass bottles, pouches and UN 4GV outer boxes with bottom insert.
Visit https://www.labelmaster.com/capsuloc to view a video demonstrating how Capsuloc outperforms traditional metal cans.
To learn more about Capsuloc or how Labelmaster can help support your dangerous goods shipping needs, visit www.labelmaster.com or call 800-621-5808.
For more than five decades, Labelmaster has been the go-to source for companies – big and small – to navigate and comply with the complex, ever-changing regulations that govern the transport of dangerous goods and hazardous materials. From hazmat labels and UN-certified packaging, hazmat placards and regulatory publications, to advanced technology and regulatory training, Labelmaster’s comprehensive offering of industry-leading software, products, and services helps customers remain compliant with all dangerous goods regulations, mitigate risk and maintain smooth, safe operations. Labelmaster's dedication to supporting its customers' operational and compliance needs is enhanced through its unmatched industry expertise and consulting services, which serve as a valuable resource for customers to answer difficult and commonplace regulatory questions. Whether you're shipping hazardous materials by land, air, or sea, Labelmaster is your partner in keeping your business ahead of regulations and compliant every step of the way. To learn more, visit www.labelmaster.com.