Transporting Dangerous Goods

19/03/2006

NZS 5433:1999 Transport of dangerous goods on land, is being revised to help the transport, chemical and packaging industries comply with new regulatory requirements governing the transportation of dangerous goods.

THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY must ensure that potentially hazardous operations do not threaten the safety and well-being of the community and environment. Dangerous goods that need to be transported include explosives, flammable gases, toxic substances and radioactive material.

“The dangerous goods Standard helps those who transport and distribute dangerous goods to comply with safety, health and environmental protection legislation, protection policies, transport regulations and industry best practice,” says Cas Cinque, project manager at Standards New Zealand. “The use of this Standard by the transport industry increases the confi dence of the enforcement agencies and the community. It enables transport operators to reduce risks and minimise costs.”

Standards New Zealand is revising the Standard with the help of Land Transport New Zealand and other interested agencies. The revision will bring the Standard up to date with United Nations information and the Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005, which sets out the legal requirements for the safe transport of dangerous goods on land.

The Standard provides a guide to “best practice requirements” for the safe transport of dangerous goods on land and a means of compliance with the Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods. It also includes a chart and a wheel for quick reference to work out which dangerous goods can be carried with other dangerous goods.

Nine classes of dangerous goods are covered by the dangerous goods Standard:

  1. Explosives
  2. Flammable gases, non-fl ammable and non-toxic gases, toxic gases
  3. Flammable liquids
  4. Flammable solids, substances liable to spontaneous combustion and substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
  5. Oxidising substances and organic peroxides
  6. Toxic substances and infectious substances
  7. Radioactive material
  8. Corrosive substances
  9. Miscellaneous dangerous substances.