Changes to ADR 2021

General Changes

On 1 January 2021, the ‘“European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)’” will become the ‘“Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)’”. This is not because of Brexit, but because there are more and more countries outside of Europe becoming signatories to ADR.

There are only four new UN numbers:

UN0511 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN0512 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN0513 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN3549 — MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING HUMANS, solid or MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING ANIMALS only, solid.

Chapter 1 changes

The information for the new UN numbers has been added into chapter 1, specifically in 1.1.3.6.2 and 1.2.3.6.3.

1.1.3.6.2 — In the first indent, replace “and 0500” by “, 0500, 0512 and 0513”.

The two new UN codes (class 1), covered by the exemption of 1.1.3.6 without 1.10 provision.

1.1.3.6.3 — In the Table, for transport category 0, Class 6.2, replace “UN Nos 2814 and 2900” by “UN Nos 2814, 2900 and 3549”.

In 1.1.3.7 b) Exemptions related to the transport of electrical energy storage and generation devices contained in equipment for its operation during transport.

The following extra text has been added, “except for equipment such as data loggers and cargo tracking devices attached to or placed in packages, overpacks, containers or load compartments which are only subject to the requirements in 5.5.4”

Also in Chapter 1 there are new definitions for;

Dose rate.
IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.
And the following definitions have been amended;

Self-accelerating temperature and self-accelerating polymerisation temperature.
Transport Index.
Tank container/portable tank operator.
Version numbers for GHS, UN Model regulations and Manual of Tests and Criteria updated.
Radiation level has been deleted.

In 1.4.3.3 The Filler the word maximum has been deleted, it now reads

(e) He shall, during the filling of the tank, observe the permissible degree of filling or the permissible mass of contents per litre of capacity for the substance being filled;

And in 1.8.5 The unloader is now concerned by the accident report 1.8.5.4.

1.10.3.1.2

A new entry for high risk dangerous goods.
Add the following new row after ‘Class 1, Division 1.5’:

Chapter 2

2.1.3.4.3

WASTE.

Used articles, eg transformers and condensers, containing a solution or mixture mentioned in 2.1.3.4.2 shall always be classified under the same entry of Class 9, provided:

They do not contain any additional dangerous components, other than polyhalogenated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans of Class 6.1 or components of packing group III of Class 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 6.1 or 8 and
They do not have the hazard characteristics as indicated in 2.1.3.5.3 (a) to (g) and (i).
2.2.62.1.3

The definition of “Medical or clinical wastes” has been amended to read as follows:

‘”Medical or clinical wastes” are wastes derived from the veterinary treatment of animals, the medical treatment of humans or from bio-research;”.

2.2.62.1.11.1

Medical or clinical waste containing:

Category A infectious substances shall be assigned to UN No. 2814, UN No. 2900 or UN No. 3549, as appropriate. Solid medical waste containing Category A infectious substances generated from the medical treatment of human or veterinary treatment of animals may be assigned to UN No. 3549. The UN No. 3549 entry shall not be used for waste from bio-research or liquid waste;

Category B infectious substances shall be assigned to UN No. 3291

Note 1: the proper shipping name for UN 3549 is

“MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING HUMANS, solid”.

Or

“MEDICAL WASTE CATEGORY A, AFFECTING ANIMALS only, solid”.

Chapter 3

3.1.2.8.1.4

For UN Nos 3077 and 3082 only, the technical name may be name shown in capital letters in column 2 of Table A of Chapter 3.2, provided that this name does not include “N.O.S” and that special provision 274 is not assigned. The name which most appropriately describes the substance or mixture shall be used, eg

UN 3082, ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, N.O.S. (PAINT).

UN 3082, ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, N.O.S. (PERFUMERY PRODUCTS).

Table A has been updated with the new UN numbers;

UN0511 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN0512 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN0513 — DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC programmable for blasting.
UN3549 — MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING HUMANS, solid or MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING ANIMALS only, solid.
For UN 3528, 3529, 3530 — Machinery, internal combustion or fuel cell, flammable liquid powered or flammable gas powered. Special provision SP 363 has been amended so that the second indent reads as:

“For carriage that includes passage through restricted tunnels, the transport unit shall display orange-coloured plates according to 5.3.2 and the tunnel restrictions according to 8.6.4 apply.”

SP 376 Lithium batteries has also been updated

“NOTE: In assessing a cell or battery as damaged or defective, an assessment or evaluation shall be performed based on safety criteria from the cell, battery or product manufacturer or by a technical expert with knowledge of the cell’s or battery’s safety features. An assessment or evaluation may include, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

Acute hazard, such as gas, fire, or electrolyte leaking;
The use or misuse of the cell or battery;
Signs of physical damage, such as deformation to cell or battery casing, or colours on the casing;
External and internal short circuit protection, such as voltage or isolation measures;
The condition of the cell or battery safety features; or
Damage to any internal safety components, such as the battery management system.”
The following new special provision has been added:

“390 When a package contains a combination of lithium batteries contained in equipment and lithium batteries packed with equipment, the following requirements apply for the purposes of package marking and documentation:

the package shall be marked “UN 3091” or “UN 3481”, as appropriate. If a package contains both lithium ion batteries and lithium metal batteries packed with and contained in equipment, the package shall be marked as required for both battery types. However, button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards) need not be considered;
the transport document shall indicate “UN 3091 LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT” or “UN 3481 LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT”, as appropriate. If a package contains both lithium metal batteries and lithium ion batteries packed with and contained in equipment, then the transport document shall indicate both “UN 3091 LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT” and “UN 3481 LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT”.”

Chapter 4

P801a has been deleted and P801 has been amended. It applies to UN Nos. 2794, 2795 and 3028 and used batteries of UN No. 2800.

For Rigid outer packagings, wooden slatted crates or pallets the following text was added;

Batteries shall not leak under normal conditions of carriage or appropriate measures shall be taken to prevent the release of electrolyte from the package (eg individually packaging batteries or other equally effective methods).

For Stainless steel or plastics bins may also be used to carry used batteries the following text was added;

Measures shall be taken to ensure that filled bins cannot lose their content.

4.1.4.1, P903

“(5) For packagings containing both cells or batteries packed with equipment and contained in equipment:

For cells and batteries, packagings that completely enclose the cells or batteries, then placed with equipment in a packaging conforming to the requirements in paragraph (1) of this packing instruction; or
Packagings conforming to the requirements in paragraph (1) of this packing instruction, then placed with the equipment in a strong outer packaging constructed of suitable material, and of adequate strength and design in relation to the packaging capacity and its intended use. The outer packaging shall be constructed in such a manner as to prevent accidental operation during carriage and need not meet the requirements of 4.1.1.3.
The equipment shall be secured against movement within the outer packaging.

Devices such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, watches and temperature loggers, which are not capable of generating a dangerous evolution of heat, may be carried when intentionally active in strong outer packagings.

Note:

For carriage in a transport chain including air carriage, these devices, when active, shall meet defined standards for electromagnetic radiation to ensure that the operation of the devices does not interfere with aircraft systems.”
TP19 At the time of construction, the minimum shell thickness determined according to 6.7.3.4 shall be increased by 3 mm as a corrosion allowance. Shell thickness shall be verified ultrasonically at intervals midway between periodic hydraulic tests and shall never be lower than the minimum shell thickness determined according to 6.7.3.4.

Chapter 5

5.2.1.1

Amended to “The UN number and the letters “UN” shall be at least 12 mm high, except for packages of 30 l capacity or less or of 30 kg maximum net mass and for cylinders of 60 l water capacity or less when they shall be at least 6 mm in height and except for packages of 5 l capacity or less or of 5 kg maximum net mass when they shall be of an appropriate size”.

5.2.1.7.6

Added the following sentence at the end:

“Any mark on the package made in accordance with the requirements of 5.2.1.7.4 (a) and (b) and 5.2.1.7.5 (c) relating to the package type that does not relate to the UN number and proper shipping name assigned to the consignment shall be removed or covered.”

In Figure 5.2.1.9.2

Replace “120 mm” by “100 mm” and “110 mm” by “100 mm”.
In the last paragraph:

First sentence: replace “a rectangle” by “a rectangle or a square”.
Second sentence: replace “120 mm wide x 110 mm high” by “100 mm wide x 100 mm high”.
Fifth sentence: delete “/line thickness” and replace “105 mm wide x 74 mm high” by “100 mm wide x 70 mm high”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.4.1.1.1 (k)

Amended to read as follows:

“(k) for carriage that includes passage through tunnels with restrictions for carriage of dangerous goods, the tunnel restriction code given in Column (15) of Table A of Chapter 3.2, in capitals within parenthesis, or the mention ‘(─)’.”

5.5.3.4.1

At the beginning of the first sentence, “Packages” has been replaced by “Packages containing dry ice (UN 1845) as a consignment shall be marked “CARBON DIOXIDE, SOLID” or “DRY ICE”; packages”.

The following new sub chapter has been added;

5.5.4

Dangerous goods contained in equipment in use or intended for use during carriage, attached to or placed in packages, overpacks, containers or load compartments.

5.5.4.1

Dangerous goods (eg lithium batteries, fuel cell cartridges) contained in equipment such as data loggers and cargo tracking devices, attached to or placed in packages, overpacks, containers or load compartments are not subject to any provisions of ADR other than the following:

the equipment shall be in use or intended for use during carriage;
the contained dangerous goods (eg lithium batteries, fuel cell cartridges) shall meet the applicable construction and test requirements specified in ADR; and
the equipment shall be capable of withstanding the shocks and loadings normally encountered during carriage.
5.5.4.2

When such equipment containing dangerous goods is carried as a consignment, the relevant entry of Table A of Chapter 3.2 shall be used and all applicable provisions of ADR shall apply.”

Chapter 6

6.1.3.1 (e)

In the text of the note explaining the asterisk, after the clock, the second sentence has been replaced with the following:

“In such a case and when the clock is placed adjacent to the UN design type mark, the indication of the year in the mark may be waived. However, when the clock is not placed adjacent to the UN design type mark, the two digits of the year in the mark and in the clock shall be identical.”

6.1.3.1.4 has been added in, it is confirmation of the practice already applied.

“6.1.3.14  Where a packaging conforms to one or more than one tested packaging design type, including one or more than one tested IBC or large packaging design type, the packaging may bear more than one mark to indicate the relevant performance test requirements that have been met. Where more than one mark appears on a packaging, the marks shall appear in close proximity to one another and each mark shall appear in its entirety.”

Chapter 7

7.5.11

CV36 has been amended to read as follows:

“If this is not feasible and packages are carried in other closed vehicles or containers, gas exchange between the load compartment and the driver’s cab shall be prevented and the cargo doors of the vehicles or containers shall be marked with the following in letters not less than 25 mm high:

Chapter 8

8.5, S1 (6)

In the second paragraph under the list, “substances and articles shall be supervised at all times in order to prevent” has been replaced by “substances and articles, when subject to the provisions in 1.10.3, shall be supervised in accordance with the security plan in 1.10.3.2 at all times to prevent”.

8.5, S16

The second paragraph has been replaced by “In addition, vehicles carrying more than 500 kg of these substances shall, when subject to the provisions in 1.10.3, be supervised in accordance with the security plan in 1.10.3.2 at all times to prevent any malicious act and to alert the driver and competent authorities in the event of loss or fire.”

8.5, S21

The second sentence has been deleted and after the sub-paragraphs, a new paragraph has been added to read: “In addition, these goods shall, when subject to the provisions in 1.10.3, be supervised in accordance with the security plan in 1.10.3.2 at all times to prevent any malicious act and to alert the driver and the competent authorities in the event of loss or fire.”.

Chapter 9

9.1.3.4

A new paragraph has been added after the first paragraph to read as follows:

“The vehicle shall not be used for the carriage of dangerous goods after the nominal expiry date until the vehicle has a valid certificate of approval.”

Return to Normal

Our world has been turned upside down these last few months, however following the Governments announcement earlier this week we are pleased to announce a restart to our “face to face” training from the 6th July.

We will ensure that we have COVID secure policies in place and ask that our customers are able to provide a safe environment that meets the current requirements.

Whilst we are looking to start our onsite training again, we feel in the short term that our new webinar service is the safest way forward for all. This will meet the statutory requirements to ensure that our training will be COVID safe.

We hope that all of our customers have managed to stay well during these times and look forward to working with you all again in the future.

CAA Webinar Approval

Dear Customers,

Since the announcement of the lockdown and because we take your safety seriously, we have adapted our training solutions to work within the new reality of social distancing. This led to the launch of our new range of dangerous goods webinars, providing the same high-quality training in the comfort of your own home.

We have now received notification from the UK CAA that we are now able to provide our Dangerous Goods by Air Courses by Webinar. In a time of much uncertainty, this is a significant success for us, as it will enable us to offer you the full range of dangerous goods training solutions via webinar.

If you wish to book please email us at [email protected]. For any other queries, contact us by all the means including phone or email

Civil Aviation Authority Extension

The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued an Exemption in regard to the current validity for all Dangerous Goods by Air training certificates issued that are due to expire whilst the current COVID-19 restrictions are in place. This extension applies to the standard Dangerous Goods by Air, Lithium Batteries, Radioactive Materials and any specific subset courses that we have conducted.

The current extension allows anybody that has a certificate that is due to expire, to carry on shipping Dangerous Goods until 31 October 2020 or until the exemption is removed, expires or alternative means of training are available.

Whilst we thank the CAA for providing this helpful extension, we have been working on an alternative way of conducting ours courses by webinar. The CAA has asked to review our procedures for these webinar courses and we are expecting the “Green Light” for them to go ahead shortly.

Once we have the go ahead we recommend you carry out your revalidation training using this method, rather than waiting until later on in the year as we may not have the capacity to carryout everyones training at once.

If you have any questions regarding this extension or our webinar based training, please feel free to contact us.

COVID-19 Updates

Just a quick message to let you all know, that in keeping with Government guidelines we have suspended all face to face training for the time being.

We are currently awaiting information from the UK Civil Aviation Authority with regard to certificates that are due to expire during this turbulent period. Hopefully we will get an answer by the end of this week and update you accordingly.

Please don’t worry about courses that are currently booked, as we have been looking at alternative ways to ensure that training takes place. We have been exploring the use of webinars to enable us to conduct our courses remotely. Whilst this is new technology to us and there may be a few teething problems, we don’t expect there to be any unresolvable issues.

This new format could open up a whole new way of conducting our courses in the future,  however we do not see this as replacing our usual face to face courses in the long term.

Most importantly look after yourselves and each other, stay healthy and see you on the other side.

Updated Lithium Battery Guidance for 2020

To assist shippers in understanding the complete requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, including packing instructions, IATA has prepared the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG).

Download the updated Guidance Document (pdf) to learn how to comply with the 61st (2020) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on definitions, classification, exceptions, prohibitions. It also includes FAQs.

SMART LUGGAGE REGULATIONS

As of 15 January 2018, baggage equipped with a lithium battery, where the lithium battery is designed to charge other devices and cannot be removed from the luggage, is forbidden for carriage.

More information about the Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries and/or Electronics (pdf).

It’s Christmas!!!

We’d like to thank all our loyal customers for there continued support during 2019 and look forward to working with you throughout 2020 and beyond.

We will be taking some well deserved time off over Christmas and the office will be closed from 14th December and reopening on the 6th January.

Once again we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Significant Changes to the 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 2020

It only seems like yesterday that we were enjoying the summer holidays and wondering what to do with the kids next! IATA have very kindly produce their “Significant Changes to the 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 2020” This can be found clicking the following link: DGR-61-EN-Significant-changes.

As you will see there are some interesting changes coming.