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burning-batteryTransport of lithium batteries has become a "nightmare" in the latest years, considering the increasing number of incidents apparently caused by them. We must realise that there is still a high number of undeclared shipments of lithium batteries.

This article will feature two technological advances in fire containment: Fire Containment Covers (FCC) and Fire Resistant Containers (FRC). Would it be possible to use FCC or FRC to reduce the risk caused by lithium batteries? How do they work?

 

DGM has been distinguished, for the fourth year in a row, as a Worldwide Top Performing Accredited Training School (ATS) by IATA. This award is given to the ATS across the world that train a higher number of students and present a higher student success rate, thus acknowledging the excellence and quality of their training. During the latest ATS Conference, held in March in Shanghai, China, the top 10 worldwide performing ATS received their certificates.

IATA ATS Certificate DGM 2015

This award is a recognition of the success of all the DGM network. Congratulations to everyone in the DGM family who has made this success possible with their hard work!

The Amendment 37-14 to the International Maritime Organization's IMDG Code, which regulates the transportation of dangerous goods by sea, is voluntary to apply since January 1st 2015, and will become mandatory on January 1st 2016. Some of its changes are shared with other modes of transportation, while others are specific to sea transport. This article will highlight the most significant changes introduced in the Amendment 37-14.

IMDG-37-14

 

GHSThe Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a tool developed by the United Nations to standardize the classification and communication of risks inherent to chemical products, in order to prevent harm to human health or the environment, and to promote international trade.

The GHS contains guidelines on subjects such as the different hazards to health and the environment, testing methodologies, the preparation of Safety Data Sheets or labelling of products. Since its first edition in 2003, it has undergone 5 revisions, the latest in 2013. It is periodically updated every 2 years, so we should expect a new version in 2015.

On January 1st 2015, a new edition of IATA's Dangerous Goods Regulations came into effect. Additionally, on January 8th its first addendum was posted. This article will highlight the most significant changes that have been included in the DGR.

IATA DGR 56

 

Every day, thousands of personal care and household products such as nail lacquers, certain medicines and aerosols or perfumes are shipped by air transport. However, do we bear in mind that they can be required to be declared as dangerous goods?

 

Consumer Commodities air transport

According to IATA DGR 55th Edition, Appendix A, a consumer commodity is defined as “a material which is packed and distributed in a form intended or suitable for retail sales for the purposes of personal care or household use (see special provision A112 for classes and divisions permitted under this definition)”.

To get a better insight about how to ship consumer commodities, read and learn from the following article -written by DGM New York- about how to meet compliance requirements in accordance with air transport regulations

The article provides the guidelines needed to prepare consumer  commodities shipments   to be in compliance with international air transport requirements such as:

  • Identification of consumer commodities
  • Their classification under ID 8000
  • Packaging requirements
  • Marking and labelling requirements
  • Information required to be provided in the Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD)

For further details or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. DGM will ensure your shipments are fully compliant with regulations.

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