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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.






Class 3, flammable liquids, is one of the most common dangerous goods hazard class offered for transport all over the world.
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According to dangerous goods regulations, flammable liquids -such as paints, lacquers, acetone, gas oil or petrol- are liquids, or mixture of liquids, or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension which gives off a flammable vapour at below 60 oC closed cup test, normally referred to as the “flashpoint”.

This article, written by DGM New York, shows some commitments to be considered in the safety transport of flammable liquids.


In the event of doubt regarding the classification, packing, labelling, marking and documentation, do not hesitate to contact us. DGM will ensure that your shipment complies with all regulatory requirements.


It is essential for everyone who works inside hazardous materials warehouses to consider health and safety risks.

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Potential risks at work such as leakage of liquids, exposure to radioactivity radiation or to vapour inhalation must be controlled in accordance with regulations.

Read full article Storage of hazardous materials in the warehouse












The figure and responsibilities of European safety advisers are not always well understood by people or companies out of Europe.

The definition of “safety adviser” can be found in 1.8.3 of the ADR. It says “each undertaking, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, of dangerous goods by road shall appoint one or more safety advisers for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regard to persons, property and the environment

Main duties of the Safety Adviser include:


  • Monitoring compliance with the requirements governing the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Advising the undertaking on the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Preparing an annual report to be presented to the local authority
  • Monitoring the operational procedures or instructions related to identification of dangerous goods, purchases of  means of transport, loading, unloading
  • Assuring appropriate training for people involved in dangerous goods transport
  • Implementing of proper emergency procedures
  • Investigating of accidents and preparing reports if necessary
  • Assuring the existence of a Security Plan if necessary

DGM has an experienced, trained and qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser team for all hazard classes (from explosives to radioactive materials) and transport activities.

Companies in which Dangerous Goods are involved and which are required to formally appoint a Safety Adviser are welcome to contact us. DGM can take responsibilities and help your company to comply with regulations. 







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Users of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations have received a nice surprise in this 55th edition. As it is explained in page xxiv, IATA has decided to include a new Appendix H that provides the detail of the changes that will come into effect as of 1 January 2015 based on the adoption of the changes arising from the 18th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations as well as the changes that have been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous GoodsPanel for inclusion into the 2015 – 2016 Technical Instructions.


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These changes include (verbatim from the IATA DGR):


  • Addition of new provisions for adsorbed gases, including new UN entries and packing instruction;
  • Addition of new proper shipping names Safety devices electrically initiated and Safety devices, pyrotechnic which replace the proper shipping names for air bag inflators, air bag modules and seat-belt pretensioners;
  • Addition of new provisions for Uranium hexafluoride in excepted packages including assignment into Class 8 and packing instruction;
  • A number of new and modified special provisions;
  • Clarification on the minimum dimensions and format of dangerous goods marks and labels;
  • A number of modifications to Section 10 to align to the new provisions in the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2012 edition (SSR-6).


It is clear that the availability of this information will facilitate the adaptation to the new rules for all air transport industry participants. It seems that we will all have time enough to adapt our procedures to comply with IATA DGR 2015. No excuses!


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