Harmonization of DOT / 49 CFR with International Transport Regulations

The Backstory

USDOT dangerous goods transport regulations in 49 CFR have been proposed to be revised, to harmonize them with international standards such as the UN Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) and the Canadian Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulation.

What’s Changing

Proposed changes include new, revised or deleted proper shipping names (PSN), packing groups, hazard classes, special provisions, etc.; a new classification scheme for articles containing hazardous materials that do not otherwise meet the criteria for an existing PSN; and revised classification criteria for corrosive materials, allowing the use of bridging principles such as estimation of a mixture’s corrosivity based upon corrosivity of the individual components.

Implications

With changes to proper shipping names, packing groups, hazard classes, and classification criteria in 49 CFR, the impact to Section 14 of your existing Safety Data Sheets and associated transport labels is potentially significant.

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