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Definition

What are dangerous goods??

These are substances that are likely to lead to grave consequences for people, goods and/or the environment because of their chemical and/or physical properties or because of the nature of the reactions they may cause.

Dangerous goods are divided into 9 categories or “classes” by the United Nations: classes 1 to 9 and subclasses.

 

How to transport dangerous goods?

The transportation of dangerous goods must follow a certain amount of rules (quantity, packaging, labeling, documentation) and cannot be treated as a standard package shipping.

Each shipping must be analyzed individually by standard postal services. Standard vehicles and public transportation are strictly prohibited!!

The regulation to follow depends on the means of transportation used, the standard being road transportation.

Thus, the main concerned regulation is the ADR (Agreement of 30 September 1957 concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road). However, others such as IATA (air transport) and IMDG (water transport) may be taken into account and, in case of intermodal transport (involving several modes of transport), the main transportation determines the regulation to follow.

 

What does the dangerous goods regulation cover?

Despite its name, the regulation’s scope is not limited to transport as such, but includes all annex activities.
Transportation implies packaging, shipping, reception…

Furthermore, the regulation requires that the personnel involved in this kind of transport be duly trained, or at least supervised by a trained person.
This kind of training can be arranged by the DGSA team. 

If you’re not sure about something, please contact us.

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