by Tatjana Benko and John Stewart PhD
This article highlights some of the important changes and amendments introduced to the 61st edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which will come into force on 1st January 2020. These changes are related to the limitation, identification, packing, marking/labeling and documentation of dangerous goods transported by air.
Dangerous goods carried by passengers or crew
The limitation restricting aerosols in division 2.2 for sporting or home use, to be carried in checked baggage only has now been removed. This is good news for passengers and crew, as this now enables these goods to be carried in either checked or carry-on baggage.
Changes impacting Lithium batteries
- In packing instructions PI 968 to PI 970, the term “aggregate lithium content” has been applied to lithium metal batteries. This change is in alignment with the UN Manual of Test and Criteria.
- The application of the lithium battery mark has now been specified to be applied on one face of the package.
- New definition for “lithium batteries installed in cargo transport unit” is provided in Appendix A.
Changes to the Dangerous Goods List
- Packaging of Tear gas candles (UN 1700) must meet PG II performance standards based on new assignment of special provision A802.
The introduction of a new Appendix I to the 61st Edition of the IATA DGR will provide details of the list of changes that will take effect from January 1, 2021, that have been adopted from the 21st revised edition of the UN Model regulations and the 2021-2022 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions. The list of changes includes the following:
- Provisions for deregulation of data loggers and cargo tracking devices powered by lithium batteries will be adopted.
- Training on dangerous goods will be based on competency for dangerous goods.
- Infectious substance provisions including Category A medical waste, will be updated.
- Four new UN numbers will be included on the list of dangerous goods:
- three for explosives, UN 0511 to UN 0513 and
- one for Category A medical waste, UN 3549.
- Minimum dimension for the lithium battery handling mark will be changed: 100 mm wide x 70 mm high.
- Radioactive materials will be updated based on changes adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency to SSR-6 (Rev. 1) 2018.
Recommended Action Items:
- Review your company’s inventory of products, and determine if changes of IATA DRG regulation 61st edition apply
- Become familiar with the new IATA regulation requirements will take effect from January 2021
Need to find information on UN numbers? UL’s Transportation Database contains structured transportation data to support your transport classification, labeling and markings. The database is available as a datafeed and can be searched per UN/NA number using ChemADVISOR Online.
- Significant changes and amendments to the 61st edition (2020), DGR-61-EN. https://drive.google.com/file/d/11LFQd1-mLfn0E8tyGMMk-Los52icAyIc/view
- IATA, transport, dangerous goods
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