Chemical Safety & Dangerous Goods Regulations

Many manufacturing sites, distribution centers and other operations regularly receive, handle and ship hazardous materials. Regulations related to the chemical handling and transport of dangerous goods continue to tighten, affecting increasingly more products. Each business or site involved must understand these regulations and implement processes and procedures to ensure compliance and chemical safety.

Non-compliance can result in serious consequences, such as injury to those handling regulated products, damage to property, fines, penalties and negative publicity for your brand.

 

Your benefit

Our certified consultants give you hands-on practical advice and guidance on the transportation and safe use of your chemicals and finished products. Our consultants hold certificates in IATA, IMDG and ADR transport regulation.

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Key area of expertise

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Questions? Contact: 

Chemical Safety Manager Svenja Rupp

 

Svenja Rupp
Chemical Safety Manager

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We deliver

Chemical safety services tailored to your specific needs.

The handling and transport of chemicals are bound to strict legislation. Philips Innovation Services provides practical guidance on how to meet the latest demands of:

The transport of dangerous goods
  • Road transport (ADR),
  • Air transport (IATA),
  • Sea transport (IMDG),
  • Lithium batteries
  • Radioactive materials (excepted package)
  • Lamps containing dangerous goods
Chemical handling
  • GHS/CLP
  • Poison Center Notification

How we approach chemical safety and dangerous goods regulations

 

The transport of dangerous goods

Dangerous Goods must be packaged and labeled for transport according to specific regulations:

International maritime dangerous goods (IMDG)

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code provides guidance on transporting dangerous goods by sea. Find information about the IMDG code on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) website.

The IMDG code is used by operators transporting dangerous goods on journeys involving a sea crossing.

Our transport of dangerous goods services
  • Classification
  • Packaging
  • Marking & labeling
  • Documentation
  • Certification
International carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)

ADR sets out the requirements for the classification, packaging, marking & labeling, documentation and certification of dangerous goods. It also includes specific vehicle and tank requirements and other operational requirements. More information about the IMDG code from United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) ›

Our transport of dangerous goods services
  • Classification
  • Packaging
  • Marking & labeling
  • Documentation
  • Certification
International Air Transport Association – Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA-DGR)

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) is the trusted source to help you prepare and document dangerous shipments for air transport. More information about the IATA-DGR ›

Our transport of dangerous goods services
  • Classification
  • Packaging
  • Marking & labeling
  • Documentation
  • Certification
The transport of lithium batteries

This is a core expertise of the HazCom team. We give practical advice on applicable transport packaging, marking & labeling and documentation for a battery shipment. For this multiple criteria have to be taken into account. These criteria include the type, capacity and amount of lithium batteries, the mode of transport and the way the batteries are packed (standalone, contained in/packed with equipment). We also create SDS’s for products containing lithium batteries and products packed with lithium batteries.

The transport of lithium batteries is subject to international transport regulations, which have changed frequently over the past few years. There are numerous examples of lithium battery incidents in the past, from exploding phones and e-cigarettes to electric bikes or hoverboards catching fire.

Our transportation of lithium batteries services

A core expertise of our team – We give practical advice on applicable transport packaging, marking & labeling and documentation for a battery shipment. If desired we create safety Data Sheets (SDS) for lithium batteries, products containing lithium batteries and products packed with lithium batteries.

The transport of lamps containing dangerous goods

This is a core expertise of the HazCom team. We give practical advice on applicable transport packaging, marking & labeling and documentation for a shipment of lamps containing dangerous goods. Lamps can contain substances which are considered dangerous for transport such as mercury, sodium, bromine, thorium, krypton-85.

Our transportation of lamps containing dangerous goods services

A core expertise of our team. We give practical advice on applicable transport packaging, marking & labeling and documentation for a shipment of lamps containing dangerous goods such as mercury, sodium, thorium, krypton-85 etc. If desired we create safety Data Sheets (SDS) for these lamps.

Radioactive materials, excepted package

If you want to make sure you are shipping in compliance with the applicable transport regulations please contact us.

Articles or instruments (e.g. smoke detectors, special lamps) with a very limited amount of radioactive material can be transported as an excepted package. In practice this causes the necessary confusion because risks of the radioactive material are very low but still a number of Class 7 conditions must be met.

Our transportation of radioactive materials services

Ensure goods with a very limited amount of radioactive material can be transported as an excepted package.

 

Chemical safety

The HazCom team offer the following chemical safety services for handling chemicals in a safe manner, minimizing the hazard to public and personal health.

GHS and the building block approach

We author SDS that comply with the GHS building block approach and make sure your documents fulfill country-specific requirements. This is not just a nice to have, it is mandatory.

Even though GHS stands for Global Harmonized System, the harmonization between different countries in the world is still the greatest hurdle for companies. This is because nearly all countries that have implemented GHS labels, still have their own country-specific requirements with regards to the SDS document, the usage of chemical test data and the determination of the final classification.

Many countries have implemented different revision numbers of the GHS Purple Book including differences in implementing the various hazard classes. This difference in classification is also referred to as the GHS building block approach.

The HazCom team of Philips Innovation Services is able to determine the various GHS classifications for one and the same chemical product and can author SDS in up to 38 languages in the respective SDS template needed.

Global GHS labels services
  • China GHS labels
  • US GHS labels
New Poison Center Notification

The CLP Regulation requires EU countries to appoint bodies responsible for receiving information on hazardous chemical products in order to provide appropriate preventive, curative and emergency response measures in case of poisoning. These so-called poison centers currently require each different national information submissions. The aim is to harmonize the process and ensure a uniform way of working and equal availability of the same information.

Two main elements have therefore been implemented in Art. 45 of CLP:

  • A common EU format will gradually replace the current national information requirements and hence harmonized submitting information to poison centers.
  • Unique formula identifier (UFI). The UFI code is a company-specific unique code that needs to be put on the label. Placing it in your SDS is voluntary. The UFI code resembles the linking pin between the product placed on the market and the information submitted to the poison centers.

Importers as manufacturers placing hazardous mixtures on the market will be responsible for the submission. Phased deadlines will affect uses for consumer products (2020), professional uses (2021) and industrial uses (2024).

Classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) services
  • Safety Data Sheet authoring
  • Consultancy on Classification & Labelling of chemical products (CLP & global GHS)
  • EU Poison Center Notification

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