Dangerous goods packaging certification – allocation of UN code

Our company is entrusted by the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic with the testing of design types of packagings, large containers for bulk substances and large packages, the allocation of UN codes to approved design types, the control of the production and use of the above mentioned design types, IBC inspections within time deadlines set by the applicable technical standards, and in accordance with the international transportation regulations. Packaging designed for dangerous goods, in which our service is the most specialized, is very diverse in shape and material used in its production. Their properties are precisely defined in the international regulations for the packaging and transport of dangerous goods. They must conform with the prescribed requirements.

Each design type of packaging has its own code, which characterizes it in its blueprint, and is subsequently a part of the so-called UN CODE, which indicates successfully tested design types of packaging for dangerous goods.

Qualitative parameters of the packaging materials and packaging of dangerous goods are accurately outlined in the international treaties and conventions on the transport of dangerous goods, to which the Czech Republic has acceded its signature, and which are binding for the testing of packaging for dangerous goods.

It is:

  • RTDG - Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN)
  • ADR - European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
  • RID - Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail,
  • IATA-DGR - International Air Transport Association - Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • ADN - International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways

What we consider to be a dangerous item

  • chemical substances and chemicals,
  • dangerous waste, and
  • dangerous products that can, by their properties, threaten the health and lives of people and negatively affect the surrounding environment.

Packaging are grouped:

Packaging Group I: high danger.
Packaging Group II: medium danger.
Packaging Group III: low danger.

Dangerous Goods Classes

Class 1 Explosives Class 5.1 Oxidizing substances
Class 2 Gases Class 5.2 Organic peroxides
Class 3 Flammable Liquids Class 6.1 Toxic substances
Class 4.1 Flammable solids Class 6.2 Infectious substances
Class 4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion Class 7 Radioactive material
Class 4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases Class 8 Corrosive substances
Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles, including environmentally hazardous substances

The issuance of methodological guidelines

In accordance with these international laws and their mandatory requirements, technicians in the CIMTO, s. r. o. testing laboratory adhere to a strict methodology. This is also created in accordance with applicable technical standards, which go hand in hand with international regulations, but they have a more detailed technical nature. On the basis of the compiled methodology, the individual packaging is then tested. A list of valid tests, which are used for the initial packaging, is an integral part of the annex of the accreditation certificate.