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Transport changes may affect industry PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 October 2008 00:00

Wayne Smith, BCF Director of Regulatory Affairs, together with consultants Rod Law, Chairman BCF Carriage of Dangerous Goods Panel and Nigel Rose, have reviewed the imminent changes in the Transport of Dangerous Goods legislation, which are coming into force from 2009.

Changes that are due to take place include the scrapping of the traditional transport documentation (TREMCards) which will be replaced by a generic standard format Instructions in Writing covering all Classes, setting out actions to be taken by the vehicle crew in the event of accident or emergency.  A new table will list the danger labels on packages and the hazard characteristics, together with additional guidance and a list of the equipment to be carried.  It will now be the responsibility of the Carrier to provide the Instructions in Writing, and he must ensure that they are in the language(s) which the members of the vehicle crew(s) can understand. 

In addition to the changes to TREMCards a wide range of other amendments will come into force in 2009, including the extension of the applicability of the Special Packing Provision, PP1, to paints and inks in category UN3082, revisions regarding transport labelling for pollutants with the introduction of the new “dead fish – dead tree” diamond,  and the inclusion of Tunnel Codes on road transport documents, where applicable.

Furthermore, additional major changes regarding the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Packing Instructions will come into force from 2011, as a result of a major review.  The new text will be published with the 2009 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions for information, giving the industry two years to revise its IT documentation systems.  Although technical specifications and pack sizes will not change, Ingres Protection (IP) Codes will be scrapped and replaced with UN codes and a new numbering system will be introduced, with a more user-friendly layout.  New numbers will be assigned to various substances and new tables will drawn up stating the pack types and size limits for single packagings (when permitted) and combination packagings.  In addition there will be new requirements relating to the closures of packs containing liquids; inner liners will be required for packs of PG I liquids and the closures for packs of PG II and PG III liquids must be held securely in place by secondary means.
Further information regarding these changes is available from BCF


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