IATA Changes for 2014 DGR

The significant changes to the 55th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations can be found here.  A few highlights of the changes are:

  • Special Provision A4 and A5 (which applies to liquids having an inhalation toxicity of PG I) will have documentation requirements on the shipper’s declaration
  • UN3496, Batteries, nickel metal hydride has been added but this article is only regulated via ocean transport.
  • Lithium battery packing instructions 965-970 revised to clarify provisions
  • Lithium battery packing instructions 965 and 968 Section IB have added a shipping paper requirement.
  • Appendix H have been added detailing some of the changes which will be incorporated into the 2015 Technical Instructions, which the IATA is based on.

We will post additional information as it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please contact Ken or Christine at Safety Specialists – 704-573-0955.

Changes to Packages Shipped by Air

PHMSA issued a final rule regarding the packaging, closure, liners and absorbents when shipping by air. The changes in this rulemaking will align with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions.  A summary of the changes is:

  • Class/Division 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 or 8 Packing Group III materials must be in packaging, which is a Packing Group II performance level.
  • The packaging must be constructed to resist the effects of temperature and vibration changes which normally occur during air transportation.
  • Liquid Packing Group I materials will require:
    • Secondary means of closure and
    • Absorbent materials of liquid in Classes/Divisions 3, 4, 5.1, 6.1, or 8 in glass, earthenware, plastic or metal inner packagings
      • Sufficient absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of the inner packaging
      • Absorbent must not react with the liquid
      • Liquid Packing Group II and III materials will require:
        • Secondary means of closure
          • If cannot be applied or impractical, then inner packaging can be placed in a leakproof liner or bag

Secondary means of closure could be tape, child resistant closures, friction seleeves, locking rings, heat seals, etc.

These requirements are for air shipments.

Compliance Dates
Voluntary compliance date: May 16, 2012
Effective date: July 1, 2012

Rule
PHMSA HM-231A rule can be found here.

 

ICAO Lithium Battery Changes

ICAO publishes minutes meetings held February 6-10, 2012 which discussed lithium batteries provision changes. These meetings amended the lithium battery provisions including packaging instructions, safety measures, training for shippers, operator acceptance compliance checks, and pilot notification. Packing Instructions 965, 966, 968 and 969 are in the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment can be downloaded here.