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Every day thousands of packages of dangerous goods are transported all over the world by air, road, sea, or rail. Before offering them for transport, shippers must ensure that they have been properly identified, packed, labelled, marked and documented in compliance with international transport regulations such as ICAO TI (IATA DGR), IMO-IMDG, ADR or 49- CFR.

 

Ensuring labelling and marking provisions is essential in the safe transport of dangerous goods. This article is intended to provide some advises for those engaged in the stages of labelling and marking packages and overpacks containing dangerous goods.

 

Format: all hazard labels and handling labels must conform in shape format, symbol and text  shown in the regulations. Any other is forbidden.
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  1. Dimensions: hazard labels must conform minimum dimensions in accordance with regulations and set an angle of 45 º (diamond shaped)
  • Location: labels should be affixed adjacent to the shipper’s or consignee`s address appearing on the package
  • Visibility: labels and markings must be so placed on the packages or overpacks that they are not covered or obscured by any part of or attachment to the packaging or any other label or marking.
  • Duplication:  remember that for IBC or large packages labels and markings should be placed in two opposite sides
  • Durability:  the material of every label, the printing and any adhesive thereon must be sufficiently durable to withstand normal transport conditions including open weather exposure without a substantial reduction in effectiveness
  • Irrelevant or damaged labelling or marking already on the package or overpack shall be removed or obliterated.
  • Markings for Overpack: unless all markings representative of all dangerous goods in the overpack are clearly visible, the overpack must be marked with the word “overpack” and the required markings and labels appearing on packages inside the overpack.

 

The application of labelling and marking provisions is responsibility of the shipper. However, DGM can support you providing a fully compliant operations service for all modes of transport and all hazard classes.

 

 

 

 

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