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Electrostatic Discharge Sensitive Labels Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All unit packs and intermediate and exterior contains of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) sensitive devices (or other electronic items that are alone or are part of assemblies) that are susceptible to damage from ESD shall be marked in accordance with MIL-STD-129, paragraphs 5.2.20.1, 5.2.20.2, and Figure 37. Listed below are the different types of ESD labels required:

There are two diffent types of ESD labels for specific types of containers.

  1. Unit Pack Symbol/Label:   All unit packs shall be marked with the ESD sensitive device attention label prescribed by ASTM D 5445. The label shall include the ESD sensitive device symbol (triangle and reaching hand), the words "ATTENTION STATIC SENSITIVE DEVICES " and the statement "HANDLE ONLY AT STATIC SAFE WORK STATIONS. " The symbol and lettering on the lable shall be marked in black on a yellow background. Unit packs that are not overpacked and are used as exterior containers shall be marked with the unit pack label.

     
  2. Intermediate and Exterior Container Label:   Intermediate and exterior containers shall be marked with the ESD sensitive devices attention label. The ESD sensitive devices symbol and the words "ATTENTION OBSERVE PRECAUTIONS FOR HANDLING ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE SENSITIVE DEVICES " shall be marked in black on a yellow background. One 2-inch by 2-inch label shall be placed on the identification-marked side of an intermediate container.

    Illustration of an ESD label for Intermediate and Exterior containers

    Two 2-inch by 2-inch labels shall be placed on each exterior container that exceeds one-half cubic foot. One label shall be placed on the identification-marked side (or surface), and one label shall be placed on the opposite side (or surface).

    If the label is temporarily unavailable, intermediate and and exterior containers shall be marked with ESD sensitive devices symbol and the information printed on the label in figure 11. The minimum size of the symbol shall be five-eigths of an inch measured vertically at the base of the triangle. When preprinted labels are not used, the symbol shall be printed in black or the same color as the identification markings, if other than black.

Resources and Links

Packaging Documents

Document Name Description Document Type
DLA Packaging and Marking Guide 2021 The DLA packaging and marking guide was created to provide vendors with the basics of understanding DLA packaging requirements.  This guide will be updated periodically based on input from the packaging field and feedback from vendors. PowerPoint
Palletization No. MD00100452 Revision C Dated 09/2016 This document covers the requirements for palletization of EBS items of supply for handling, shipment, and storage. Dated 09/2016 PDF
DLA DWG 03204, Classification of Defects of Pallets In lieu of classification of defects identified in ASME MH1b-2000, Part 3, MANDATORY APPENDIX A3--B, Description of Growth•·Related Defects Which Affect Um Quality of Pallet Components, the following defect classifications will be used for the inspection of wood components, nails, and assembled pallets specified in ASME MH1b--2000, Part 9, Wood Pallets for Military Use PDF
MMS No. 1C This document provides the minimum marking requirements for contractor-originated shipments of medical materiel, and is applicable to both military and commercial packaging. PDF

AA0059195G

Container, Thermal, Shipping, for Medical Material Requiring Controlled Temperature Ranges  (CAC or User I.D./Password Required) PDF
Temperature Monitoring Device Spec Sheet 1 DLA Troop Support Requirements for Temperature Monitoring Devices PDF

 

Packaging Applications

Please use the below DLA & Non-DLA systems for any packaging related access or inquires.

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Vendor Inquiries on Contractual Requirements (DIBBS)
The primary contact for all contractors/vendors is the contracting officer.  Vendors should submit a Post Award Request (PAR) for any question (packaging related or other) using the Post Award Request (PAR) link on DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS).  

 

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Military Standards and Specifications (Quick Search)
Quick Search is a public website that lets users search for defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, data item descriptions, MS detail drawings, Qualified Product Lists (QPLs), and related technical documents prepared in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP).

 

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Enterprise External Business Portal (Non-DLA Users)
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ASTM International 
Access to commercial standards requires purchase of the standards from the American Society for Testing Materials

ASTM D3951 is the “Standard Practice for Commercial Packaging."  It covers the requirements for the commercial preservation, packaging, packing (exterior container), and marking for supplies and equipment. It provides for multiple handling and shipments by any mode of transport, and storage periods of a minimum of one year in enclosed facilities without damage to the product.

 

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