The joint experts' autumn 2015 meeting began the work of drawing up the 2017 texts of RID, ADR and ADN, beginning with a look at amendments drawn from the latest UN Recommendations
The autumn 2015 Joint Meeting of the RID Committee of Experts and the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) was held in Geneva from 15 to 25 September 2015. It was chaired by Claude Pfauvadel (France) with Helmut Rein (Germany) as vice-chairman.
Representatives of 24 countries attended as full members, along with observers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also represented at the meeting were the EU, the Central Commission for Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD), as well as 18 non-governmental organisations.
The job of the Joint Meeting is to develop the amendments that will appear in the next (2017) editions of the modal rulebooks for the transport of dangerous goods by rail (RID), road (ADR) and inland waterways (ADN) in Europe and, increasingly, elsewhere. The work of the Joint Meeting concentrates on issues that apply across the modes and aims to ensure the maximum level of harmonisation between the three sets of regulations; the actual updating of those regulations is left to the respective regulatory bodies.
The meeting heard first from the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Harmonisation of RID/ADR/ADN with the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which had met in April 2015. The Secretariat had produced a lengthy document containing draft amendments to RID/ADR/ADN based on the 19th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations, which had been agreed in December 2014.
The Working Group had questions on some of the proposals. The UN Sub-committee of Experts on the transport of dangerous goods (TDG) had responded to concerns raised about how to deal with cases where testing has shown that specific substances have characteristics that differ from those shown in their entry in the Dangerous Goods List. It had drawn up a new 22.214.171.124, which referred widely to competent authority approvals.
The Working Group felt it necessary to amend the text by adding a further Note to specify which competent authority was being referred to. Reference to a competent authority in multilateral treaties such as ADR can be misleading as this might involve the competent authority of each country concerned by the transport operation. The issue has arisen before but a satisfactory resolution has yet to be found. It was also observed that the first Note in the UN text is non-mandatory. The Joint Meeting may well return to these topics.
The Working Group queried the use of the word “articles” in the UN Model Regulations where RID/ADR/ADN use “apparatus”. The Joint Meeting was invited to consider aligning the terminology, bearing in mind that this could have consequential amendments.
When considering the addition of the three new entries in the Dangerous Goods List for engines/machinery with internal combustion engines (UN 3528 to 3530), the Working Group recalled that long debates had already taken place regarding the respective weights of exemptions in section 1.1.3 and those in special provisions of Chapter 3.3 such as special provision 363. It was felt that the spirit of the UN Recommendations would be better respected if exemptions concerning vehicles, engines and machinery moving independently on the road were placed in section 1.1.3, while those concerning vehicles, engines or machinery carried as cargo were dealt with through special provisions of Chapter 3.3. France promised to submit a comprehensive proposal to solve all these questions of exemption.
The Working Group agreed, on the basis of the information provided by Spain, that the code “BK1” should not be deleted against UN 3170, packing groups II and III, because special provision 244 in the UN Model Regulations specifies that sheeted bulk containers may be used for inland transport. The Group also agreed to amend CV37/CW37 to avoid redundancy with SP244 and to align the wording of CV37/CW37 with SP244 as amended in the 19th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations. The Joint Meeting may also wish to consider deleting the requirement for a warning mark in CV37/CW37 as this is not required in the UN Model Regulations.
For the new entries in Class 4.1 for polymerizing substances (UN Nos 3531 to 3534), the Working Group decided to apply the same logic for the assignment of transport conditions as for type F self-reactive substances (UN Nos 3229, 3230, 3239 and 3240). However, the Joint Meeting should consider whether this approach is acceptable for the transport category since it would lead to transport categories 1 or 2 when flammable solids of packing group III are usually assigned to transport category 3.
For the amendments to the last note of 126.96.36.199.7 (corresponding to SP240 in the UN Model Regulations) it was recalled that the France had already presented a proposal concerning lithium batteries contained in vehicles and equipment assigned to UN 3166 and 3171, as invited by the Joint Meeting at its spring 2014 session. Furthermore, the UN TDG Sub-committee was still planning to discuss the topic in general.
When considering the amendments to Packing Instruction P910, paragraph (3)(a), it was noted that the text referred to “transhipment between cargo transport units”. The Working Group queried whether, in transposing this into RID and ADR, the term used in RID/ADR – “vehicle/wagon or container” – should be used instead of “cargo transport unit”. Since the term “cargo transport unit” is defined in Chapter 1.2, the Working Group decided that the text should be the same as in the UN Model Regulations. Some felt this might justify a more comprehensive review of the current text for the purpose of consistency and the Secretariat offered to undertake such a review.
In the plenary, there were some delegates who were hesitant at adopting the term “cargo transport unit” throughout the regulations. They considered that it would be more user-friendly to use the terms appropriate for the specific cargo transport units covered by a given provision. In the end it was decided to amend the definition of “cargo transport unit” to cover all units that could be used in the framework of RID, ADR and ADN and to delete the Note currently included in the definition, but for the time being to use the term only in certain cases that were deemed to be appropriate, such as in packing instructions.
The UN experts had prepared a major revision of SP363, taking account of other changes to the provisions for engines or machinery powered by fuels classified as dangerous goods via internal combustion systems or fuel cells. The Working Group felt this should be considered in light of the French proposal (see above). There are also questions about the use of orange-coloured plates and whether a transport document would be needed.
The plenary agreed amendments to SP363. It was also agreed that, in light of exemptions currently provided in 188.8.131.52(c) and 1.3.2, there was no reason to require labelling for capacities of less than 450 litres in land transport. A transport document will only be required when the quantity of liquid fuels or, for gases, the water capacity exceeds 1,000 litres. A new SP666 and SP667 were also adopted. A proposal to replace SP312 and SP385 with a single provision will be submitted to the UN TDG Sub-committee for consideration.
While adding a number of new standards to the Table in P200(11) it was decided to add to certain entries a Note to the effect that the EN versions fulfil the requirements and may also be used.
The Working Group took note of the rationalisation of the terms “mark” and “marking” that the UN Experts had undertaken. It felt this might apply elsewhere in RID/ADR/ADN and the Secretariat offered to take a look through and prepare a proposal.
Regarding the possibility of reducing the minimum size of the elevated temperature substance and environmentally hazardous substance marks from 250 mm to 100 mm when the available surface area is insufficient to affix the prescribed marks, the Working Group assumed that what is permitted for portable tanks should be permitted for tank-containers as well. It will have to be determined whether this should also apply to tank-wagons and tank vehicles.
The Working Group felt that the new markings required in 184.108.40.206.4(q) and (r) might not be relevant for non-UN composite cylinders and, if they are not, 220.127.116.11.2 should be amended. The Joint Meeting was invited to check this issue.
OUTCOME OF DISCUSSIONS
As a result of those deliberations, the Joint Meeting agreed a large number of changes to the RID/ADR/ADN texts for 2017. It should be reiterated that these are only those changes that derive from the UN Model Regulations – further amendments were discussed at the Joint Meeting (which will be covered in a second part of this article) and the modal authorities will also have their own changes.
The word “apparatus” is replaced by “articles” in 18.104.22.168.3 and 22.214.171.124. The word “marking” is replaced by “mark” and “markings” by “marks” numerous times throughout the regulations.
There are a number of changes to the definitions in 1.2.1. Aside from the updating of the references to other regulations, these include:
- insertion of “an article consisting of” after “means” in the definition of Aerosol or aerosol dispenser;
- replacement of “or leaking” by “or leaking or non-conforming” in the definition of Large salvage packaging;
- replacement of “1 000” by “3 000” in the definition of Salvage pressure receptacle;
- replacement of ““a seamless transportable pressure receptacle of” by “a transportable pressure receptacle of seamless or composite construction having” in the definition of Tube;
- the addition of the following new definitions:
Design life, for composite cylinders and tubes, means the maximum life (in number of years) to which the cylinder or tube is designed and approved in accordance with the applicable standard;
Self-accelerating polymerization temperature (SAPT) means the lowest temperature at which polymerization may occur with a substance in the packaging, IBC or tank as offered for carriage. The SAPT shall be determined in accordance with the test procedures established for the self-accelerating decomposition temperature for self-reactive substances in accordance with Part II, section 28 of the Manual of Tests and Criteria; and
Service life, for composite cylinders and tubes, means the number of years the cylinder or tube is permitted to be in service;
Some changes have been made to the transitional provisions in Chapter 1.6 for cylinders of 60 litres capacity or less, packages containing lithium cells or batteries, articles of UN Nos. 0015, 0016 and 0303 containing smoke-producing substance(s) toxic by inhalation, large packagings conforming to the packing group III performance level, and the use of the standard Class 9 label for lithium battery consignments.
A number of new entries have been adopted for the Dangerous Goods List (Table A of Chapter 3.2):
3527 Polyester resin kit
0510 Rocket motors
3528 Engine, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered or Engine, fuel cell, flammable liquid powered or Machinery, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered or Machinery, fuel cell, flammable liquid powered
3529 Engine, internal combustion, flammable gas powered or Engine, fuel cell, flammable gas powered or Machinery, internal combustion, flammable gas powered or Machinery, fuel cell, flammable gas powered
3530 Engine, internal combustion or Machinery, internal combustion
3531 Polymerizing substance, solid, stabilised, nos
3532 Polymerizing substance, liquid, stabilized, nos
3533 Polymerizing substance, solid, temperature controlled nos
3534 Polymerizing substance, liquid, temperature controlled nos.
UN 3533 and 3534 are forbidden for carriage by rail under RID.
All these changes have generated various consequential amendments, particularly in Table B of Chapter 3.2. The adoption of entries for polymerising substances has also generated a lot of other changes.
PART 2 CHANGES
Elsewhere in the regulations, very many amendments have already been agreed on the basis of the revised edition of the UN Recommendations. Some of the more significant of those changes are summarised here. Readers should be aware that this list is not exhaustive and, in any case, further changes may be made before the final texts are agreed for publication later this year.
A new sentence is added at the end of 126.96.36.199:
The substances listed by name in column (2) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 shall be carried according to their classification in Table A or under the conditions specified in 188.8.131.52.
That new 184.108.40.206 reads as follows:
A consignor who has identified, on the basis of test data, that a substance listed by name in column 2 of Table A of Chapter 3.2 meets classification criteria for a class that is not identified in column 3a or 5 of Table A of Chapter 3.2, may, with the approval of the competent authority, consign the substance:
– Under the most appropriate collective entry listed in sub-sections 2.2.x.3 reflecting all hazards; or
– Under the same UN number and name but with additional hazard communication information as appropriate to reflect the additional subsidiary risk(s) (documentation, label, placard) provided that the class remains unchanged and that any other carriage conditions (e.g. limited quantity, packaging and tank provisions) that would normally apply to substances possessing such a combination of hazards are the same as those applicable to the substance listed.
NOTE 1: The competent authority granting the approval may be the competent authority of any RID Contracting State/ADR Contracting Party /ADN Contracting Party who may also recognize an approval granted by the competent authority of a country which is not an RID Contracting State/ADR Contracting Party /ADN Contracting Party provided that this approval has been granted in accordance with the procedures applicable according to RID, ADR, ADN, the IMDG Code or the ICAO Technical Instructions.
NOTE 2: When a competent authority grants such approvals, it should inform the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods accordingly and submit a relevant proposal of amendment to the Dangerous Goods List of the UN Model Regulations. Should the proposed amendment be rejected, the competent authority should withdraw its approval.
NOTE 3: For carriage in accordance with 220.127.116.11, see also 18.104.22.168.20.
A new 22.214.171.124.9 has been added to clarify the requirements for classification documentation provided by the competent authority assigning an article or substance to Class 1.
Paragraph 126.96.36.199.1 is amended to read:
Chemically unstable gases of Class 2 shall not be accepted for carriage unless the necessary precautions have been taken to prevent the possibility of a dangerous decomposition or polymerization under normal conditions of carriage or unless carried in accordance with special packing provision (r) of packing instruction P200 (10) of 188.8.131.52, as applicable. For the precautions necessary to prevent polymerization, see special provision 386 of Chapter 3.3. To this end particular care shall be taken to ensure that receptacles and tanks do not contain any substances liable to promote these reactions.
Similar amendments relate to chemically unstable substances of Class 3 (184.108.40.206.2), chemically unstable substances of Class 6.1 (220.127.116.11.1), and chemically unstable substances of Class 8 (18.104.22.168.1).
The existing 22.214.171.124.5 becomes 126.96.36.199.5.1, and “Except as provided for in 188.8.131.52.5.2,” is added at the beginning. That new 184.108.40.206.5.2 reads:
Viscous liquids which are also environmentally hazardous, but meet all other criteria in 220.127.116.11.5.1, are not subject to any other provisions of RID/ADR/ADN when they are carried in single or combination packagings containing a net quantity per single or inner packaging of 5 litres or less, provided the packagings meet the general provisions of 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
A new subdivision is added at the end of 184.108.40.206.2:
PM Polymerizing substances
PM1 Not requiring temperature control;
PM2 Requiring temperature control (RID only:) (not accepted for carriage by rail).
In 220.127.116.11, PM1 points to UN 3531 and 3532, while PM2 points to UN 3533 and 3534.
Also in that paragraph, after “F3 Inorganic”, “F4 Articles” is added. In 18.104.22.168 F4 points to UN 3527.
The main details regarding polymerising substances are found in new sub-sections in 2.2.41.
A new first paragraph is inserted in 22.214.171.124.7:
Lithium batteries shall meet the following requirements, except when otherwise provided for in RID/ADR/ADN (e.g. for prototype batteries and small production runs under special provision 310 or damaged batteries under special provision 376).
In the last Note to that paragraph, a number of other examples of battery-powered vehicles are included. A new sentence is added at the end:
This includes vehicles carried in a packaging. In this case some parts of the vehicle may be detached from its frame to fit into the packaging.
A new paragraph is added at the end of that Note:
Vehicles may contain other dangerous goods than batteries (e.g. fire extinguishers, compressed gas accumulators or safety devices) required for their functioning or safe operation without being subject to any additional requirements for these other dangerous goods, unless otherwise specified in RID/ADR/ADN.
PART 3 CHANGES
In ADR and ADN, 126.96.36.199(a) is amended to read:
For liquids and solids where the SAPT1 (measured without or with inhibitor, when chemical stabilization is applied) is less than or equal to that prescribed in 188.8.131.52.21, the provisions of 184.108.40.206.17, special provision 386 of Chapter 3.3, special provision V8 of Chapter 7.2, special provision S4 of Chapter 8.5 and the requirements of Chapter 9.6 apply except that the term “SADT” as used in these paragraphs is understood to include also “SAPT” when the substance concerned reacts by polymerization;
In RID that sub-paragraph reads:
For liquids and solids: liquids and solids requiring temperature control2 shall not be accepted for carriage by rail;
A large number of amendments have been made to existing entries in Table A of Chapter 3.2 (the Dangerous Goods List), including the assignment or deletion of special provisions, special packing provisions, tank codes and so on.
A new second sentence is added in 3.3.1:
Where a special provision includes a requirement for package marking, the provisions of 220.127.116.11 (a) and (b) shall be met. If the required mark is in the form of specific wording indicated in quotation marks, such as “Damaged Lithium Batteries”, the size of the mark shall be at least 12 mm, unless otherwise indicated in the special provision or elsewhere in RID/ADR/ADN.
SP188 has been amended, with paragraph (f) reworded to read:
Each package shall be marked with the appropriate lithium battery mark, as illustrated in 18.104.22.168;
This requirement does not apply to:
(i) packages containing only button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards); and
(ii) packages containing no more than four cells or two batteries installed in equipment, where there are not more than two packages in the consignment.
Paragraph (g) is deleted and paragraphs (h) and (i) become (g) and (h). A new paragraph is added at the end:
A single cell battery as defined in Part III, sub-section 22.214.171.124 of the Manual of Tests and Criteria is considered a “cell” and shall be carried according to the requirements for “cells” for the purpose of this special provision.
SP236 is amended to read:
Polyester resin kits consist of two components: a base material (either Class 3 or Class 4.1, packing group II or III) and an activator (organic peroxide). The organic peroxide shall be type D, E, or F, not requiring temperature control. The packing group shall be II or III, according to the criteria of either Class 3 or Class 4.1, as appropriate, applied to the base material. The quantity limit shown in column (7a) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 applies to the base material.
SP363, dealing with engines and machinery powered by internal combustion systems of fuel cells, has been substantially amended, not least to reflect the new proper shipping names but also to clarify acceptable conditions of carriage.
There is a new SP378:
Radiation detectors containing this gas in non-refillable pressure receptacles not meeting the requirements of Chapter 6.2 and packing instruction P200 of 126.96.36.199 may be carried under this entry provided:
(a) The working pressure in each receptacle does not exceed 50 bar;
(b) The receptacle capacity does not exceed 12 litres;
(c) Each receptacle has a minimum burst pressure of at least 3 times the working pressure when a relief device is fitted and at least 4 times the working pressure when no relief device is fitted;
(d) Each receptacle is manufactured from material which will not fragment upon rupture;
(e) Each detector is manufactured under a registered quality assurance programme;
NOTE: ISO 9001:2008 may be used for this purpose.
(f) Detectors are carried in strong outer packagings. The complete package shall be capable of withstanding a 1.2 metre drop test without breakage of the detector or rupture of the outer packaging. Equipment that includes a detector shall be packed in a strong outer packaging unless the detector is afforded equivalent protection by the equipment in which it is contained; and
(g) The transport document includes the following statement “Transport in accordance with special provision 378”.
Radiation detectors, including detectors in radiation detection systems, are not subject to any other requirements of RID/ADR/ADN if the detectors meet the requirements in (a) to (f) above and the capacity of detector receptacles does not exceed 50 ml.
A new SP379 is added:
Anhydrous ammonia adsorbed or absorbed on a solid contained in ammonia dispensing systems or receptacles intended to form part of such systems are not subject to the other provisions of RID/ADR/ADN if the following conditions are observed:
(a) The adsorption or absorption presents the following properties:
(i) The pressure at a temperature of 20 °C in the receptacle is less than 0.6 bar;
(ii) The pressure at a temperature of 35 °C in the receptacle is less than 1 bar;
(iii) The pressure at a temperature of 85 °C in the receptacle is less than 12 bar.
(b) The adsorbent or absorbent material shall not have dangerous properties listed in Classes 1 to 8;
(c) The maximum contents of a receptacle shall be 10 kg of ammonia; and
(d) Receptacles containing adsorbed or absorbed ammonia shall meet the following conditions:
(i) Receptacles shall be made of a material compatible with ammonia as specified in ISO 11114-1:2012;
(ii) Receptacles and their means of closure shall be hermetically sealed and able to contain the generated ammonia;
(iii) Each receptacle shall be able to withstand the pressure generated at 85 °C with a volumetric expansion no greater than 0.1%;
(iv) Each receptacle shall be fitted with a device that allows for gas evacuation once pressure exceeds 15 bar without violent rupture, explosion or projection; and
(v) Each receptacle shall be able to withstand a pressure of 20 bar without leakage when the pressure relief device is deactivated.
When carried in an ammonia dispenser, the receptacles shall be connected to the dispenser in such a way that the assembly is guaranteed to have the same strength as a single receptacle.
The properties of mechanical strength mentioned in this special provision shall be tested using a prototype of a receptacle and/or dispenser filled to nominal capacity, by increasing the temperature until the specified pressures are reached.
The test results shall be documented, shall be traceable and shall be communicated to the relevant authorities upon request.
A new SP382 reads:
Polymeric beads may be made from polystyrene, poly (methyl methacrylate) or other polymeric material. When it can be demonstrated that no flammable vapour, resulting in a flammable atmosphere, is evolved according to test U1 (Test method for substances liable to evolve flammable vapours) of Part III, sub-section 38.4.4 of the Manual of Tests and Criteria, polymeric beads, expandable need not be classified under this UN number. This test should only be performed when de-classification of a substance is considered.
A new SP383 reads:
Table tennis balls manufactured from celluloid are not subject to RID/ADR/ADN where the net mass of each table tennis ball does not exceed 3.0 g and the total net mass of table tennis balls does not exceed 500 g per package.
SP386 will now appear in different versions in ADR/ADN and in RID. That for ADR/ADN is unchanged, but the RID version will read:
Substances stabilized by temperature control are not accepted for carriage by rail (see 188.8.131.52.3). When chemical stabilization is employed, the person offering the packaging, IBC or tank for carriage shall ensure that the level of stabilization is sufficient to prevent the substance in the packaging, IBC or tank from dangerous polymerization at a bulk mean temperature of 50 °C, or, in the case of a portable tank, 45 °C. Where chemical stabilization becomes ineffective at lower temperatures within the anticipated duration of carriage, carriage by rail is not permitted. In making this determination factors to be taken into consideration include, but are not limited to, the capacity and geometry of the packaging, IBC or tank and the effect of any insulation present, the temperature of the substance when offered for carriage, the duration of the journey and the ambient temperature conditions typically encountered in the journey (considering also the season of year), the effectiveness and other properties of the stabilizer employed, applicable operational controls imposed by regulation (e.g. requirements to protect from sources of heat, including other cargo carried at a temperature above ambient) and any other relevant factors.
The text of 3.4.11 on the use of overpacks has been reworded as follows:
For an overpack containing dangerous goods packed in limited quantities, the following applies:
Unless the marks representative of all dangerous goods in an overpack are visible, the overpack shall be:
– marked with the word “OVERPACK”. The lettering of the “OVERPACK” mark shall be at least 12 mm high. The mark shall be in an official language of the country of origin and also, if that language is not English, French or German, in English, French or German, unless agreements, if any, concluded between the countries concerned in the transport operation provide otherwise; and
– marked with the marks required by this chapter.
Except for air transport, the other provisions of 184.108.40.206 apply only if other dangerous goods which are not packed in limited quantities are contained in the overpack and only in relation to these other dangerous goods
A similar change is made in 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
After the first sentence of 3.5.2(b), the rest of that sub-paragraph is reworded as follows:
For liquid dangerous goods, the intermediate or outer packaging shall contain sufficient absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of the inner packagings. When placed in the intermediate packaging, the absorbent material may be the cushioning material. Dangerous goods shall not react dangerously with cushioning, absorbent material and packaging material or reduce the integrity or function of the materials. Regardless of its orientation, the package shall completely contain the contents in case of breakage or leakage.
PART 4 CHANGES
The introductory sentence of 22.214.171.124 is amended to read:
Every packaging as specified in Chapter 6.1 intended to contain liquids shall successfully undergo a suitable leakproofness test. This test is part of a quality assurance programme as stipulated in 126.96.36.199 which shows the capability of meeting the appropriate test level indicated in 188.8.131.52.3.
New special packing provisions PP92 and PP93 have been added to packing instructions P002 and P001, respectively, dealing with the venting of packagings used in the transport of UN Nos 3531 to 3534. Similar special packing provisions B18 and B19 have been added to packing instructions IBC07 and IBC03.
New packing instructions P005 (for engines and machinery), P412 (for UN 3527) and P910 (for prototype and small production run lithium batteries) have been added.
A new packing instruction LP200 has been adopted for UN 1950 aerosols.
PART 5 CHANGES
The instructions for the use of overpack markings in 184.108.40.206(a) have been revised to read:
Unless marks and labels required in Chapter 5.2, except 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124.2 to 126.96.36.199.8 and 188.8.131.52, representative of all dangerous goods in the overpack are visible, the overpack shall be:
(i) marked with the word “OVERPACK”. The lettering of the “OVERPACK” mark shall be at least 12 mm high. The mark shall be in an official language of the country of origin and also, if that language is not English, French or German, in English, French or German, unless agreements, if any, concluded between the countries concerned in the transport operation provide otherwise; and
(ii) labelled and marked with the UN number and other marks, as required for packages in Chapter 5.2 except 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168.2 to 22.214.171.124.8 and 126.96.36.199, for each item of dangerous goods contained in the overpack. Each applicable mark or label only needs to be applied once.
Labelling of overpacks containing radioactive material shall be in accordance with 188.8.131.52.11.
A new 184.108.40.206 has been added to specify the use of the lithium battery mark, as now required by special provision 188. It should be noted that this is not the same as the new “9A” label/placard design for use with the same entries, which is specified in 220.127.116.11.
Some relief on the placarding of road tankers is provided by a new sentence at the end of 18.104.22.168:
If all compartments have to bear the same placards, these placards need to be displayed only once along each side and at both ends of the tank container or portable tank.
PART 6 AND 7 CHANGES
The introductory sentence to 22.214.171.124 is amended to read:
Every packaging intended to contain liquids shall successfully undergo a suitable leakproofness test. This test is part of a quality assurance programme as stipulated in 126.96.36.199 which shows the capability of meeting the appropriate test level indicated in 188.8.131.52.3:
A similar amendment is made to 184.108.40.206.2 relating to leakproofness tests for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).
A number of revised ISO standards are specified in Chapter 6.2, along with Notes regarding design life.
In 7.5.11, CV37/CW37, the first two sentences are replaced by:
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