Transport of dangerous goods

Introduction

Departments may occasionally need to move chemicals, biological materials or radioactive substances from one location to another in the course of work. Such materials will often be classed as dangerous goods[1] . Movements of dangerous goods may often involve more than one mode of transport and the handling, packaging, labelling and transport[2] of these materials is governed by a range of highly complex international and national mode-specific regulations[3] based on the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. All of these regulations specify packaging, labelling and documentation requirements, as well as provisions for training those involved in the process.

Movement of material between University buildings on foot is not subject to the requirements of dangerous goods legislation, even if it is necessary to use a public footpath or cross the public highway. However, care must be taken to avoid spillages and the need for decontamination if the package is dropped, e.g. by using a robust, leak-proof outer container. Dangerous goods must not be carried on any type of public transport (buses, trains or London Underground) as this is likely to contravene their Conditions of Carriage; or in taxis or private hire vehicles, which are unlikely to be insured for such purposes.

This policy is not intended to deal with the transport of biological materials, as this is covered in the University policy on Biorisk Management, S5/09. Nor is it intended to cover the transport of radioactive materials, which is dealt with in the policy on the Management of Work with Ionising Radiation, S1/12.

 

THIS STATEMENT FORMS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY SAFETY POLICY.  UNIVERSITY POLICY NOTES S5/00 and S1/99 ARE WITHDRAWN.  PLEASE AMEND THE INDEX.



[1] “Dangerous goods” may be pure chemicals, mixtures of substances, manufactured products or articles that have the potential to pose a risk to people, animals or the environment. Dangerous goods are further divided into UN Danger Classes 1 -9 (see annexe 1) according to their hazardous properties. This information will be found on the safety data sheet (MSDS).

[2] In the context of this policy, “Transport” means sending or taking such goods by any mode (road, rail, sea or air).

[3]For information, the applicable regulations are Road: ADR; Rail: RID; Sea: IMDG; Air: ICAO, IATA

January 2015