Dangerous Goods

About Dangerous Goods

Transport of dangerous goods needs to be regulated in order to prevent, as far as possible, accidents to persons or property and damage to the environment, the means of transport employed or to other goods. However, with different regulations in every country and for different modes of transport, international trade in chemicals and dangerous products would be seriously impeded, if not made impossible and unsafe. Moreover, dangerous goods are also subject to other kinds of regulations, e.g. work safety regulations, consumer protection regulations, storage regulations, environment protection regulations.

In order to ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and hazard communication tools (GHS) as well as for transport conditions for all modes for transport (TDG). In addition, the UNECE administers regional agreements that ensure the effective implementation of these mechanisms as far as transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways is concerned.

Latest news

14 July 2016
GHS Rev.6: available online in Arabic

12, 13 and 14 July 2016
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M285, M291, M292 and M299

11 July 2016

ADN - Multilateral Agreement - M016

8 July 2016
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M299

22 June 2016
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M299

3 June 2016
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M292, M299

30 May 2016
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M299

25 May 2016
GHS Rev.6, Corrigenda: Corrigendum 1 (English and French) and Corrigendum 2 (applicable to the Spanish version only) are now available online

24 May 2016
GHS Rev.6: available online in Russian

GHS implementation status updated: (transport of dangerous goods)

18 January 2016
GHS Rev.6: available online in Chinese

13 January 2016
UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations Nineteenth revised edition available online in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic

21 December 2015
GHS Rev.6: available online in Spanish

13 November 2015
GHS Rev.6: powerpoint presentations now available online in English, French and Spanish

24 September 2015
GHS Rev.6: available online in English and French