DGSA Tips & Advice

A Compact Guide to Handling Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are those materials that are likely to cause harm or danger to people, animals and the environment. This is however an ideal definition. llywellyn

In regard to this issue, the United Nations (UN) created a list of listed Recommendations of Dangerous Goods,Model Regulations, as well as the table of materials are incorporated into the international mode regulations such as the following:

• International Maritime Dangerous Goods code (IMDG Code)
• International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations
• Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail
• International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

These regulations are integrated into the UK national regulation such as The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Management and the Use of Transportable Pressure Regulations 2007, or simply shorted to CDGRR 2007.

Dangerous Goods Classes

The following materials or goods are classified based on the nature of the hazard:

• gases
• flammable liquids
• explosive substances and articles
• flammable solids
• substances that emit flammable gases
• substances liable to spontaneous combustion
• oxidizing substances
• toxic substances
• organic peroxides
• infectious material
• corrosive substances
• radioactive material
• miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles

Limited Quantity Exemptions (LQ)

Some materials or goods are exempted from the regulations based on limited quantity exemptions. It’s necessary to make sure that it follows the specific model regulations to ensure if LQ exemptions are possible for a specific material.

Materials or gods like infectious material or sodium metal are not qualified for limited quantity exemption. If these materials are to be transported, they must be packaged properly and carried as specified in the regulations.llwellyn1

Dangerous Goods Regulations Requirements

Any material or good classified as “dangerous” must be packaged properly and transported as specified in the regulations such as:

• containers must be marked correctly with appropriate labels for safety
• approved containers must be used
• staff must be trained to pack and consign the materials with proper ADR Driver Training Courses and certification
• emergency information must be carried along with the dangerous goods
• correct documentation must be dispatched with the goods
• couriers must be trained and competent
• vehicles must follow the regulations

If you have any questions please contact Llewellyn Europe, Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA).For more information visit us at http://www.llewellyneurope.com/.

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