Make no mistakes, some shipping names are very simple, like Acetone and Arsenal. We use acetone on some of our Pipeline projects. Others are more detailed, like the shipping name for Wet Batteries.
It is okay to change the word order as long as it still makes sense, like Compressed Air instead of Air, Compressed. Please note that shipping names that have special provision 16 beside them in the TDG list need extra information – the technical name of the main ingredient, in bracket.
The UN, or United Nations, numbers are used around the world to identify dangerous goods that are transported by road, rail, ship or air. Gasoline, for example, is always UN 1203, even when it’s called benzene in Germany or gasoline in Mexico.
In our Safety Flashes so far, we’ve looked at the first five columns of the dangerous goods list – the shipping names, UN numbers, classes, packing groups and even the special provisions that sometimes add restrictions or exemptions.
Be sure to check your TDG column before transportation to familiarize yourself with required maximum quantities either in kilograms or litres that can be transported under the special rules for Excepted Quantities.
An orange label or placard always means the product is designed to explode, like dynamite or fireworks. For the most hazardous types of explosives, the bursting bomb symbol is used. For explosives that have less risk, the label or placard only shows the class and division number.
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