Transportation of Dangerous Goods is regulated by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code Edition 7.8 [https:// www.ntc.gov.au/codes-and-guidelines/australian-dangerous-goods-code} (ADG 7.8).
A complete copy of the Code is available on the National Transport Commission website at www.ntc.gov.au.
Your team should complete training prior to packaging and shipping Dangerous Goods.
Please visit www.dgtrainer.com.au for DG Training.
Before you ship Dangerous Goods, you must make sure you have:
State the UN Number
A UN number is a four-digit number that identifies dangerous goods, hazardous substances and articles (such as explosives, flammable liquids, toxic substances, etc.) in the framework of international transport.
Use the Correct Packaging
Dangerous Goods require specialist packaging to ensure they can be safely transported. Make sure your DGs packaging is compliant and in line with the Code.
For Dangerous Goods packaging and labels, visit www.hazpak.com.au
Correctly Label the Package
Each Class of DG has a specific label that’s required to be affixed to the packaging. See the section Dangerous Goods Labelling for more information.
Check for Compatibility
Certain classes of Dangerous Goods are not compatible and can cause dangerous reactions and explosions when mixed together.
Incompatible Dangerous Goods CANNOT be transported together.
See the section Dangerous Goods Compatibility for more information.
When consigning your dangerous goods, you must make sure that the correct information is entered into the Cario Transport Management System.
You will need to:
Dangerous Goods substances and articles are allocated into 9 Classes, with some Classes broken down into divisions as outlined in the following diagram:
If you fail to mark a Dangerous Goods shipment correctly, you’re at risk of shipping an Undeclared Dangerous Good.
A Dangerous Good is classed as undeclared when:
The shipment is missing the required shipping declaration or paperwork
Has no visible markings or labels
Does not include the required hazard information
Penalties apply for failing to declare Dangerous Goods and include Imprisonment for 2 years.
Consigning Dangerous Goods correctly is critical for a safe supply chain. There are a number of regulations your team must adhere to.
If you’re in doubt or want to confirm something about a Dangerous Goods shipment, please get in touch with the Freight People team. We have Dangerous Goods partners that can assist with more specific advice as required.