According to the United Nations, Dangerous Goods (or hazardous materials) include any product, ingredient, or substance that poses a health, safety, or property risk when transported by aircraft. Dangerous Goods include things that are explosive, radioactive, flammable, dangerous, volatile, and poisonous.
There Are Nine Classes of Dangerous Goods:
- Flammable Liquids
- Flammable Solids
- Oxidizing Substances
- Toxic & Infectious Substances
- Radioactive Material
- Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods
Safely Transport Dangerous Goods
Different countries have different processes and regulatory systems for handling hazardous materials to protect people and prevent property damaging accidents related to transporting dangerous goods. In an effort to guarantee safe and consistent handling of goods the United Nations Economic and Social Council created the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
This committee of experts has created regulations surrounding the legal responsibilities of packers, loaders, vehicle owners, and drivers. These regulations are part of the UN Model Regulations called UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The committee’s goal is to ensure the safety of the people handling the hazardous materials, protect the environment from pollution and prevent hazards to public health.
The UN Recommendations do not regulate manufacturing, use or disposal of these dangerous goods, but do cover transportation.
If you are transporting a substance or item that falls into one of the UN’s Dangerous Goods classes, it must be packed and shipped in UN certified packaging. This is true regardless of your transportation method by land or sea or air.
UN certified packaging must go through a series of rigorous tests to ensure it is strong and safe enough to ship dangerous goods internationally.
When choosing your packaging products for storing and transporting hazardous materials make sure you use the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations to find your fill material’s:
- UN Number
- Appropriate chemical name
- Class or Division
- UN Packing Group
UN Certified Bulk Bags for Hazardous Materials
FIBC products are highly important to manufacturers and distributors of dangerous goods. Bulk bags are universally used packaging products because of their durability, size, customization options, affordability and greenness.
But transporting and storing dangerous goods using bulk bags adds a new set of unique requirements for testing and safety.
These specialty FIBCs are called UN Certified Bulk Bags.
UN Certified Bulk Bags are made specifically to pass UN certifications for transporting and storing hazardous materials with a rigorous testing regiment to ensure each bag can protect users from fire, explosion, chemical burns, toxic contamination, or environmental damage.