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Dangerous Goods

Introduction

Dangerous goods are subject to transport, workplace, storage, consumer and environment protection regulations, to prevent accidents to persons, property or the environment, to other goods or to the means of transport employed. 

To ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and communication tools, and for transport conditions for all modes for transport. UNECE also administers regional agreements for effective implementation of these mechanisms for road, rail and inland waterways transport of dangerous goods.

In Focus

In light of the current situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), some ADR contracting parties coordinated their efforts to prepare a multilateral agreement to compensate for the cancellation of refresher training sessions for ADR drivers and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers in their countries. Another multilateral agreement was also prepared to allow delays for the periodic or intermediate inspections of tanks and extend the validity of vehicle certificates of approval.  Luxembourg initiated corresponding multilateral agreements M324 on 18 March 2020 and M325 on 19 March 2020

Along the same lines, on 27 March 2020, Germany initiated multilateral agreement M327 to allow delays for periodic or intermediate inspections of portable tanks and UN multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) and France initiated multilateral agreement M326 for periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles for the carriage of gases of Class 2. These multilateral agreements expired on 1 September and 31 August 2020.

Likewise, some ADN contracting parties prepared a multilateral agreement to compensate for the cancellation of refresher training sessions for Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers and ADN experts in their countries. The Netherlands initiated corresponding multilateral agreement M025 on 19 March 2020.