The Transport of Dangerous Goods is the most complex sector of packaging technology. If the packaging material is not selected properly, or if we do not pay attention to the presence of necessary labels and accompanying documents, we can most certainly face a large fine – not to mention serious damage or personal injury caused by our negligence.
The definition of dangerous goods
Substances, objects and products that, in some way, pose a threat to the external environment, personal health or safety. Would you have thought that things seemingly as harmless as … nail polish remover, dry ice, cell phone with lithium batteries or aerosol whipped cream are all considered as dangerous goods? It is important to know which hazard class does our product to be shipped belong to (for example, toxic, infectious, flammable substances) … Depending on this, it will be possible to determine what type of transport, packaging and labelling will be required.
Essential requirements for packaging
The appropriate packaging of dangerous goods therefore depends primarily on the hazard class and the physical properties of the product. Take a simple example: as corrosive substances react strongly with metal, such packaging should be avoided! There are so-called packaging groups, which puts the products in very, medium or less dangerous categories – it also determines the nature of the packaging and the mandatory information to be included!
Whether it is rail, road or air transport, compliance with the rules and caution should be exercised. The protective packaging, inner packaging must also meet strict requirements, and should not react to the goods to be transported! The packaging must be sealed in such a way that the consignment can’t get out to the cargo space, or worse, to the external environment.
Packaging suitable for the transport of dangerous goods
Depending on the vehicle, the Transport of Dangerous Goods can be in simple (for example, wooden boxes, bags, barrels and cans) or complex, combined packaging (box with lining, multiple cans in one box). What’s really important is that in any case, certified packaging should be used, i.e. those that have undergone the necessary tests, such as cumulation, dropping, sealing and resistance to pressure. These will be carried out by Technical Safety Oversight. If everything is in order, the packaging will receive the UN seal. In addition to the UN number, the packaging must bear the appropriate labels indicating the hazard class/packaging group or the nature of the hazard and the handling of the goods.
How can Strapa-Pack help you?
We’ve been preparing dangerous goods for transport for over 20 years. Two of our colleagues also have a valid IATA exam and they have not only completed initial training, but they renew their certificates ever two year, which guarantees that we will always support our clients with fresh, up-to-date expertise.
We have a wide range of UN qualified corrugated paper boxes, blank boxes and wooden boxes available to our customers. We provide for appropriate markings and labels, prepare, and attach the necessary documents.
The safe and sound Transport of Dangerous Goods with the help of Strapa-Pack!