Corrosivity – Why do I have to ship as corrosive when my product label does not have a corrosive symbol?

 In Product Safety

By: Kirsten Alcock, Principal Product Safety Consultant, email

As I indicated in a blog earlier this month, products for sale in Canada have different regulations that are applicable depending on your intended audience, claims you want to make, etc.

Corrosivity to metal is one of those classifications that have a tendency to cause some confusion.

Products that are corrosive to metal must be classified as such under the Hazardous Products Regulation.  This classification also exists for shipping within Canada.  This classification DOES NOT exist for the CCCR, 2001.

Products that are corrosive to metal and not skin/eyes will not have a corrosive symbol on the inner label for a package that comes under the jurisdiction of the CCCR, 2001. Metal Corrosion is not a classification under the CCCR, 2001.

Below you will see snapshots from the HPR and the TDG regulations.




TDG, Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada:


It is very important to understand the differences between the regulations. Know when you need a corrosive symbol for shipping! Do not risk being caught without proper shipping requirements when your product is corrosive to metal!

If you are having difficulty determining the requirements for your product compliance, let us know. We have the background and experience to know what to look for.

For further information on our services, please contact:

Dell Tech
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons) 
Principal Product Safety Consultant

Dell Tech has provided professional, confidential consulting services to the chemical specialty

industry in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia for the last 40 years.

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