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Introduction To The Transport Of
Dangerous Goods

Transport Of Dangerous Goods Modal Regulations

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Introduction

The United Nations (UN) Recommendations and Model Regulations for the safe transport of dangerous goods, otherwise known as the UN Orange Book, form the basis for the modal (road, rail, sea, air and inland waterways) regulations governing the different modes of transport.

CHCS Members can read a detailed overview of the "Model Regulations" and the "UK Requirements".

Additional requirements specific to the mode of transport are incorporated within the modal regulations, which are updated every two years (road, rail, sea and inland waterways) to reflect the work of the dangerous goods committees. The IATA (air) regulations are updated annually.

Carriage By Road

The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

ADR includes specific vehicle and tank requirements and other road specific operational requirements, such as driver training.

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended) apply ADR in Great Britain - England, Wales and Scotland.

Carriage By Rail

Appendix C of the Convention Covering International Carriage by Rail: International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail. (RID)

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended) apply in Great Britain.

Transport By Inland Waterway

In the European Union, the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Navigation (ADN).

ADN only applies in the UK in relation to training and examination for dangerous goods safety advisers. It is not applicable to the carriage of dangerous goods by inland waterways within the UK, due to the UK island status i.e. no connection to European inland waterways.

Transport By Sea

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code.

IMDG incorporates specific requirements for marine transport, including identification of dangerous goods that are classified as marine pollutants, and loading of cargo transport units.

In the UK, the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutant) Regulations 1997 and the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 also apply.

Transport By Air

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions are an internationally agreed set of provisions governing the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by air.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes the Dangerous Goods Regulations in accordance with the ICAO technical instructions.

IATA provisions specific to air transportation of dangerous goods includes State (Country) and Operator (airline) variations and distinguishes between passenger and cargo aircraft in defining quantities that may be transported.

 

 CHCS Training

CHCS offers Modular Training Courses on the writing of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and related issues such as classification, labelling and other documentation. For more information see CHCS Training. In particular we offer the following two courses related to the transport of dangerous goods:

  • Module 8: Classification For Transport
    Using ADR, this 1-day course provides an introduction to the classification and identification of dangerous goods for transport.

  • Module 10: Transport Labelling & Documentation
    Following on from Module 8, this 1-day course shows how this information is used to communicate the hazards associated with the carriage of dangerous goods to those involved in the transport chain and emergency response.

If you have any queries about our training, please Contact CHCS.

Chemicals Legislation Support From CHCS

We provide a range of pages on this website to give you an introduction to different aspects of chemicals legislation / regulation:

Legislation (Introduction) Brexit Transport: Modal Regulations
International Legislation GHS Pictograms
European Legislation EU Law Making Process
UK Legislation EH40  

For CHCS members only: 

   
REACH Regulation Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Seveso III Directive
CLP Regulation The Cosmetics Regulation Tracking Substances
Poison Centre Notification
The Biocidal Products Regulation Chemical Agents At Work
Carcinogens & Mutagens At Work EU Workplace Exposure Limits EH40
Waste EU Circular Economy Package  Transport: Model Regulations
Transport: UK Requirements    


Page updated December 2019

CHCS News


Poison Centre Portal Updated 
The poison centre portal has recently been updated to support amended Annex VIII solutions. In particular, derogations for fuels, construction products (standard formulas) and the cross-sector concept of interchangeable components. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 30 October 2020]

Have you registered for the CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures? 
24 & 25 November 2020, online

As well as the Formal business of the AGM, we will feature presentations on Poison Centre Notification, a Transport of Dangerous Goods update, Enforcement of REACH & CLP for Consumer Products and a UK Chemicals Regulations update. Register Now.  [Posted on 26 October 2020]

New CHCS Workshop: "SCIP Workshop - The Database of Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)"
13 Nov 2020, online

By the end of this session you will be able to make notifications to the SCIP database using the new harmonised format in the ECHA portal. Only 14 places left. Register Now.  [Posted on 6 October 2020]

Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal
There are now six Member States that are accepting Annex VIII notifications through the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) portal.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 24 August 2020]

Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)
The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) generator has been updated to allow companies to chose not to use their company VAT number to create their UFIs.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 22 June 2020]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 26 May 2020
    New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published

  • 19 May 2020
    Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020

  • 23 March 2020
    Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID

  • 17 March 2020
    The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

  • 3 March 2020
    UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence

  • 2 March 2020
    Corrigendum To the 14th ATP Published

  • 10 February 2020
    Third Corrigendum To ADR 2019 Published

  • 13 January 2020
    Poison Centres - Annex VIII amendment published

  • 21 November 2019
    CHCS 2019 AGM & Annual Lectures: Presentations Now Available

  • 21 November 2019
    Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1831 Establishes  A 5th List Of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs)

  • 12 November 2019
    ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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