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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


CHCS Statement On Coronavirus / COVID-19
In response to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prepared a statement on how we are responding to the challenges this raises. You can read the current statement at: Coronavirus / COVID-19. We will update this as and when necessary[Updated on 19 May 2020]

New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published 
1) Guidance on labelling and packaging
2) Guidance on harmonised information relating to emergency health response.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 26 May 2020]

Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP
The Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Article 25 of Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints is now available. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 19 May 2020]

Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP
The European Commission have published the Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. This is the second amendment to Annex VIII of CLP, otherwise known as poison centres. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 23 April 2020]

Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020
The 13th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) is applicable from 1 May 2020 and contains updated classification and labeling for a number of substances. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 23 April 2020]

Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID
Two new Multilateral Agreements have been signed by the UK: one for ADR and one for RID. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 23 March 2020]

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
The draft of The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 has been published. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 17 March 2020]

** New CHCS Training Course **
"Poison Centre Notification"
This course will not be running as planned, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are working on re-instating it as on online course and will release more details shortly[Updated on 20 April 2020]

UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence
A debate took place in Westminster last week on the UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 3 March 2020]

Corrigendum To the 14th ATP Published
The Commission has published a corrigendum to the 14th ATP to the CLP regulation. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 2 March 2020]

CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures

Our annual event will take place:

on: Wednesday 25 November 2020

at: Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

CHCS members free-of-charge. Non-members can Join CHCS, then register.

Register now at: CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures. [Posted on 30 January 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
  • 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

  • 22 October 2019
    GHS Revision 8

  • 21 October 2019
    Model Regulations, 21st Revised Edition

  • 20 October 2020
    IATA Publishes Significant Changes To The 61st Edition Of The Dangerous Goods Regulations

  • 20 October 2019
    CHCS October 2019 Newsletter Now Published

  • 1 October 2019
    Draft amendment to REACH Annex II

  • 30 September 2019
    Poison Centre First Deadline To Be Postponed

  • 23 September 2019
    Updated advice for UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation to EU countries in the period immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

  • 28 August 2019
    14th ATP To CLP: Outcomes For TiO2, Cobalt & DPTA

  • 22 July 2019
    Draft Amendment To "Poison Centre" Regulations

  • 22 July 2019
    Possible Annex VIII to CLP Extension?

  • 29 June 2019
    Workability Issues: Notification to Poison Centres

  • 24 June 2019
    Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance

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

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