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  • Every January a new edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations arrives. As usual, we will take a look at the most relevant changes and additions made to the basic regulation for the transportation of dangerous goods by air, which come into effect on January 1st, 2017.

    IATA 58th

     

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    Every day thousands of packages of dangerous goods are transported all over the world by air, road, sea, or rail. Before offering them for transport, shippers must ensure that they have been properly identified, packed, labelled, marked and documented in compliance with international transport regulations such as ICAO TI (IATA DGR), IMO-IMDG, ADR or 49- CFR.

     

    Ensuring labelling and marking provisions is essential in the safe transport of dangerous goods. This article is intended to provide some advises for those engaged in the stages of labelling and marking packages and overpacks containing dangerous goods.

     

    Format: all hazard labels and handling labels must conform in shape format, symbol and text  shown in the regulations. Any other is forbidden.
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    1. Dimensions: hazard labels must conform minimum dimensions in accordance with regulations and set an angle of 45 º (diamond shaped)
    • Location: labels should be affixed adjacent to the shipper’s or consignee`s address appearing on the package
    • Visibility: labels and markings must be so placed on the packages or overpacks that they are not covered or obscured by any part of or attachment to the packaging or any other label or marking.
    • Duplication:  remember that for IBC or large packages labels and markings should be placed in two opposite sides
    • Durability:  the material of every label, the printing and any adhesive thereon must be sufficiently durable to withstand normal transport conditions including open weather exposure without a substantial reduction in effectiveness
    • Irrelevant or damaged labelling or marking already on the package or overpack shall be removed or obliterated.
    • Markings for Overpack: unless all markings representative of all dangerous goods in the overpack are clearly visible, the overpack must be marked with the word “overpack” and the required markings and labels appearing on packages inside the overpack.

     

    The application of labelling and marking provisions is responsibility of the shipper. However, DGM can support you providing a fully compliant operations service for all modes of transport and all hazard classes.

     

     

     

     

  • 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

     

  • The ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road), which constitutes the legal reference in this matter in 48 countries, has been updated in 2015. Since January 1st, this new incarnation is applied in conjunction with the previous version (ADR 2013), but on July 1st 2015 ADR 2015 will become the single valid one. This article will highlight the most significant changes introduced in latest update of the ADR.

    ADR 2015

      

  • 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.

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