At its autumn 2019 session, the Joint Meeting of RID/ADR/ADN experts made a great deal of progress in incorporating the latest changes from the UN
The Joint Meeting of the RID Committee of Experts and the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (ECE) Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP15) held its autumn 2019 session in Geneva this past 17 to 26 September. During the lengthy session, the Joint Meeting continued with its business of transposing the latest round of regulatory amendments from the UN Model Regulations into the modal regulations that apply across Europe and increasingly (especially for road transport) further afield.
The Joint Meeting’s aim is to maintain harmonisation, insofar as is possible, between the regulations covering the transport of dangerous goods by rail (RID), road (ADR) and inland waterways (ADN).
The meeting was chaired as usual by Claude Pfauvadel (France) with Silvia Garcia Wolfrum (Spain) as vice-chair. It was attended by representatives from 22 countries as full members, a representative from DR Congo in a consultative capacity, the European Commission (EC), the EU Agency for Railways (ERA), the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) and 20 non-governmental organisations.
Before the Joint Meeting began its deliberations, Yuwei Li, director of the UN ECE Sustainable Transport Division, explained recent changes to its structure, namely the creation of the new Road Safety Management and Dangerous Goods section, and the appointment of Romain Hubert as Chief of Section, effective 1 June 2019.
As is the normal procedure, those papers relating to the transport of dangerous goods in tanks were entrusted to the Working Group on Tanks, which met for the first three days of the session under the chairmanship of Arne Bale (UK) with Kees de Putter (Netherlands) acting as secretary.
The UK presented a paper following up on earlier discussions of its proposals to amend 18.104.22.168.28 relating to the positioning of protective fittings and accessories mounted on the upper parts of vacuum-operated waste tanks. Opinion remained divided on the merits of the proposals, with the Working Group noting that the provisions of this paragraph already allow for flexibility. This may be the end of the matter, unless further evidence is forthcoming.
On a similar topic, the UK put forward a paper seeking the experts’ opinion on the different clamping arrangements for the openable ends of vacuum-operated waste tanks, particularly regarding the need to protect over-the-centre hydraulic clamps. Those experts who responded said that such clamps are used without additional protection, although noting that those in use in their countries are more robust than the example shown in the UK paper.
The UK asked for consideration of 22.214.171.124 on the diversion of vapours from the outlets of pumps and exhauster units so that they will not cause danger. The Working Group felt that the current wording does not prohibit the use of a low-level outlet, whether or not a hose is fitted, and that it is the responsibility of the tank operator to decide where it is safe to divert vapours. Wording proposed by the UK would, it was felt, be too restrictive.
It was, however, felt that it would be useful to add a Note to 126.96.36.199(a), a decision with which the Joint Meeting agreed. This will read:
NOTE: This requirement may, for example, be complied with by the use of a vertical pipe or a low-level outlet with a connection which allows, when necessary, attachment of a hose.
Yet another paper from the UK continued the discussion from previous sessions on the amendment to footnote 3 of 188.8.131.52.18 on the cross-sectional shape of tank shells; this had been agreed but kept in square brackets pending revision of the EN 13094 standard. This is unlikely to be published in time for the 2021 editions of RID and ADR but the Working Group felt that WP15 should introduce guidance containing the relevant clauses from the standard, which have been agreed.
The text already agreed was subjected to some further revision, although the Joint Meeting felt that it could be simplified further. The UK volunteered to submit an amended version to WP15 for its November 2019 session.
The UK also presented the reports of the 11th and 12th session of the informal working group on the inspection and certification of tanks, which had generated revised texts for 6.8, 1.8.7 and 1.8.6, along with consequential amendments in Chapter 6.2. It was anticipated that the work would be completed at the next scheduled meeting of the informal working group in London in December 2019, with the aim of presenting an official document at the March 2020 session of the Joint Meeting. All delegations were urged to study the proposals in detail and to send comments and proposals in writing.
The Netherlands proposed to move the provisions relating to heating elements used on fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) tanks from Chapter 6.9 to Chapter 4.4 in order to prevent misinterpretation, after it had emerged that some countries do not grant periodic or intermediate inspection certificates for tanks equipped in this manner. There was broad sympathy for the idea but it was felt that it would be best to await the outcome of discussions by the UN Sub-committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG). As an interim measure, it was suggested that operators should render the heating elements inoperable until the work of the FRP Working Group of the TDG Sub-committee has been completed.
The Intergovernmental Organisation for the International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) proposed some alignments in the different language versions; the Working Group agreed that OTIF’s proposals were correct. In the English language version of RID, this has led to the replacement of “shells” by “tanks” in the definition of ‘tank-wagon’ in 1.2.1; in 184.108.40.206.11 of both RID and ADR (English version), “welded tanks” is replaced by “welded shells”.
The secretariat invited the Working Group to take a look at discussions that took place at the previous session of WP15 on the placarding and marking of tank vehicles in cases where there had been a change of load without the tanks being cleaned. The practice raises some problems; for instance, when biodiesel is loaded after gasoline has been carried, it is possible for the gasoline residue to reduce the flashpoint of the biodiesel to such a degree that it should be classified as flammable. Is it then appropriate for the vehicle to continue to carry the same marking? It was recognised that more discussion was needed on this topic but the experts were wary of over-complicating the provisions.
In an informal document, France sought a change in 220.127.116.11.20, following a query by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) during its discussions on the revision of EN 13094. It was noted that Chapter 6.8 of ADR uses ‘capacity’ and ‘volume’ interchangeably and it was thought, that for consistency and to avoid misinterpretation, ‘capacity’ should be used throughout, as it is defined in 1.2.1. The French proposal was agreed, so that 18.104.22.168.20(b)1 will read:
Another informal paper from France proposed deletion of transitional measures on the tank record contained in 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. The Working Group felt that this move was premature, as tanks that entered into service before 2007 may not have the type approval in the tank record. The Working Group also noted that similar provisions in RID are due to be amended in 2021 and perhaps this provides a solution. However, with time running out it was decided to return to the issue at the March 2020 session.
The secretariat provided the Joint Meeting with the report of 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 Geneva in late April 2019 under the chairmanship of Claude Pfauvadel. The Working Group by and large accepted the changes stemming from the work of the UN Experts, with some comments, and its recommendations were again largely accepted by the Joint Meeting. It should be noted, however, that it will be up to the modal bodies to transpose these amendments into the texts of RID, ADR and ADN. The commentary below does not include a significant number of editorial corrections and clarifications.
Part 1 The Working Group examined two proposals to provide an exemption for data loggers and other battery-powered equipment attached to cargo transport units; the UN’s changes to 188.8.131.52 were not thought to be ideal and the Working Group proposed instead a textual change to 184.108.40.206(b). This also included adoption of a new 5.5.4:
Dangerous goods in equipment in use or intended for use during carriage
220.127.116.11 Dangerous goods (e.g. lithium batteries, fuel cell cartridges) contained in equipment such as data loggers and cargo tracking devices, attached to or placed in packages, overpacks, containers or load compartments are not subject to any provisions of RID/ADR/ADN other than the following:
(a) the equipment shall be in use or intended for use during carriage;
(b) the contained dangerous goods (e.g. lithium batteries, fuel cell cartridges) shall meet the applicable construction and test requirements specified in RID/ADR/ADN; and
(c) the equipment shall be capable of withstanding the shocks and loadings normally encountered during carriage.
18.104.22.168 When such equipment containing dangerous goods is carried as a consignment, the relevant entry of Table A of Chapter 3.2 shall be used and all applicable provisions of RID/ADR/ADN shall apply.
In 1.2.1, a new definition is provided for ‘Dose rate’: “the ambient dose equivalent or the directional dose equivalent, as appropriate, per unit time, measured at the point of interest”. This replaces the definition of ‘radiation level’, which is deleted; in other parts of the text relating to radioactive substances, ‘radiation level’ is replaced by ‘dose rate’ throughout. There are a number of other technical changes in Section 1.6.6 and Chapters 1.7 and 1.10 relating to radioactive materials.
After some discussion, the definition of ‘Self-accelerating decomposition temperature’ was amended to read:
Self-accelerating decomposition temperature (SADT) means the lowest temperature at which self-accelerating decomposition may occur in a substance in the packaging, IBC or tank as offered for carriage. The SADT shall be determined in accordance with the test procedures given in Part II, Section 28 of the Manual of Tests and Criteria.
The secretariat noted that this definition loses the existing text relating to the effects of heating under confinement but the Working Group felt that this falls outside the scope of this definition.
Germany had noted some issues with the inclusion of the words ‘except for animal material’ in table 22.214.171.124.2. While ‘animal material’ was formerly carried in cultures and therefore classified by default as infectious substance of category A, most such material now fulfils the criteria for category B. It was also noted that category A animal material is currently not exempted as a high-consequence dangerous good in table 1.4.1 of the Model Regulations, causing an inconsistency with RID/ADR/ADN. It was felt that the UN TDG Sub-committee should be alerted to this.
Part 2 In 126.96.36.199 a new sentence is added to the end:
However, this section applies to articles containing explosives which are excluded from Class 1 in accordance with 188.8.131.52.8.2.
In Chapter 2.2, references to a number of standards have been updated and revised. Also in this section, room has been found to make reference to the new UN 3549 Medical waste, category A, affecting humans, solid or Medical waste, category A, affecting animals only, solid. This entry was adopted by the UN to cater for large volumes of potentially infected solid waste generated during medical responses to virus outbreaks, in response specifically to the last major Ebola virus outbreak. It has also necessitated an amendment to 184.108.40.206.11.1, which now reads:
Medical or clinical waste containing:
(a) Category A infectious substances shall be assigned to UN No. 2814, UN No. 2900 or UN No. 3549, as appropriate. Solid medical waste containing Category A infectious substances generated from the medical treatment of humans or veterinary treatment of animals may be assigned to UN No. 3549. The UN No. 3549 entry shall not be used for waste from bio-research or liquid waste;
(b) Category B infectious substances shall be assigned to UN No. 3291.
Part 3 There are only a few new entries in the Dangerous Goods List (Table A of Chapter 3.2):
UN 5011 Detonators, electronic programmable for blasting, Division 1.1B
UN 5012 Detonators, electronic programmable for blasting, Division 1.4B
UN 5013 Detonators, electronic programmable for blasting, Division 1.42, SP 347
UN 3549 Medical waste, category A, affecting humans, solid or Medical waste, category A, affecting animals only, solid, Division 6.2, SP 395
UN 3549 Medical waste, category A, affecting humans, solid in refrigerated liquid nitrogen or Medical waste, category A, affecting animals only, solid in refrigerated liquid nitrogen, Division 6.2, SP 395.
A definition of detonators, electronic programmable for blasting is added in 220.127.116.11:
Detonators with enhanced safety and security features, utilizing electronic components to transmit a firing signal with validated commands and secure communications. Detonators of this type cannot be initiated by other means.
The final new entry does not exist in the Model Regulations but is adopted into RID/ADR/ADN by analogy with UN 2814, 2900 and 3291, and requires labelling/placarding with the Division 2.2 symbol.
Elsewhere in the Dangerous Goods List, for RID/ADR only, ‘LP101’ has been added alongside ‘P130’ for the following entries: UN 0005, 0007, 0012, 0014, 0033, 0037, 0136, 0167, 0180, 0238, 0240, 0242, 0279, 0291, 0294, 0295, 0324, 0326, 0327, 0330, 0338, 0339, 0348, 0369, 0371, 0413, 0414, 0417, 0426, 0427, 0453, 0457, 0458, 0459 and 0460.
For UN 0340, 0341, 0342 and 0343, ‘393’ is added in column (6). For UN 1002, 1006, 1013, 1046, 1056, 1058, 1065, 1066, 1080, 1952, 1956, 2036, 3070, 3163, 3297, 3298 and 3299, ‘392’ replaces ‘660’ in column (6). For all UN 2037 entries, ‘327’ is added in column (6); LP200 in column (8) and in column (9a) ‘PP96’ is added against ‘P003’ and ‘L2’ against ‘LP200’. For ADN only the special provision in inserted.
For UN 2383, ‘386’ is deleted from column (6); ‘386’ is inserted against UN 2522, for which ‘STABILIZED’ is added at the end of the proper shipping name. ‘394’ is inserted in column (6) for UN 2555, 2556, 2557 and 3380. For UN 3164, ‘PP32’ is added in column (9a).
For UN 3291, ‘II’ is deleted twice from column (4); as a consequence, 18.104.22.168.11.4 is deleted. For UN 3363, ‘DANGEROUS GOODS IN ARTICLES or’ is added at the start of the proper shipping name. For UN 350, ‘PP97’ is added in column (9a).
The Working Group did not feel that it was necessary to add SP 356 to UN 3529, as the land transport of engines and machinery is already subject to a specific regime.
A useful change was adopted by the UN Experts, which has been carried into RID/ADR/ADN, although it remains in square brackets as the Working Group felt the wording could be improved; these changes will need to be submitted to the UN TDG Sub-committee for consideration. Pending any further changes, a new 22.214.171.124.1.4 reads:
For UN Nos. 3077 and 3082 only, the technical name may be a name shown in capital letters in column 2 of Table A of Chapter 3.2, provided that this name does not include “N.O.S.” and that special provision 274 is not assigned [against it in column (6)]. The name which most appropriately describes the substance or mixture shall be used, e.g.:
UN 3082, ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, N.O.S. (PAINT)
UN 3082, ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, N.O.S. (PERFUMERY PRODUCTS).
There are as usual a number of editorial changes to the special provisions. In the first sentence of SP 301, “applies to machinery or apparatus” will now read: “applies to articles such as machinery, apparatus or devices”; elsewhere, “articles” replaces “machinery or apparatus”.
In the last paragraph of SP 309, “satisfactorily pass Tests 8(a), (b) and (c)” is replaced by “satisfy the criteria for classification as an ammonium nitrate emulsion, suspension or gel, intermediate for blasting explosives (ANE)”.
Waste gas cartridges are added to waste aerosols in SP 327, which now applies to UN 1950 and 2037. A new sentence is added after the third sentence:
Waste gas cartridges, other than those leaking or severely deformed, shall be packed in accordance with packing instruction P003 and special packing provisions PP17 and PP96 (ADN: of ADR), or packing instruction LP200 and special packing provision L2 (ADN: of ADR).
Salvage pressure receptacles are now acceptable, as well as salvage packagings.
There is also an additional paragraph at the end of SP 327:
Waste gas cartridges that were filled with non-flammable, non-toxic gases of Class 2, group A or O and have been pierced are not subject to RID/ADR/ADN.
In SP 356, “machinery, engines” is added after “in wagons, vehicles, vessels”.
In SP 360, “classified under” is replaced by “assigned to”. A new sentence is added at the end:
Lithium batteries installed in cargo transport units, designed only to provide power external to the transport unit shall be assigned to entry UN 3536 LITHIUM BATTERIES INSTALLED IN CARGO TRANSPORT UNIT.
In SP 370, the first sentence is amended to read: “This entry only applies to ammonium nitrate that meets one of the following criteria:” and “or” replaces “and” at the end of the first indent. In addition, a new paragraph is added after the indents:
This entry shall not be used for ammonium nitrate for which a proper shipping name already exists in Table A of Chapter 3.2 including ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil (ANFO) or any of the commercial grades of ammonium nitrate.
A new sentence is added at the end of the seventh paragraph of SP 388:
Lithium ion batteries or lithium metal batteries installed in a cargo transport unit and designed only to provide power external to the cargo transport unit shall be assigned to the entry UN 3536 LITHIUM BATTERIES INSTALLED IN CARGO TRANSPORT UNIT lithium ion batteries or lithium metal batteries.
SP 660 is deleted. A new SP 390 is added:
When a package contains a combination of lithium batteries contained in equipment and lithium batteries packed with equipment, the following requirements apply for the purposes of package marking and documentation:
(a) the package shall be marked “UN 3091 Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment”, or “UN 3481 Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment”, as appropriate. If a package contains both lithium ion batteries and lithium metal batteries packed with and contained in equipment, the package shall be marked as required for both battery types. However, button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards) need not be considered;
(b) the transport document shall indicate “UN 3091 LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT” or “UN 3481 LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT”, as appropriate. If a package contains both lithium metal batteries and lithium ion batteries packed with and contained in equipment, then the transport document shall indicate both “UN 3091 LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT” and “UN 3481 LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT”.
There are three other new special provisions:
393 The nitrocellulose shall meet the criteria of the Bergmann-Junk test or methyl violet paper test in the Manual of Tests and Criteria Appendix 10. Tests of type 3 (c) need not be applied.
394 The nitrocellulose shall meet the criteria of the Bergmann-Junk test or methyl violet paper test in the Manual of Tests and Criteria Appendix 10.
395 This entry shall only be used for solid medical wasted of Category A carried for disposal.
Part 4 Another change that may prove useful to many dutyholders is found in a new 126.96.36.199.2, which reads:
Packagings, including IBCs and large packagings, may conform to one or more than one successfully tested design type and may bear more than one mark [in accordance with 6.1.3, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 6.3.4, 6.5.2 or 6.6.3].
The text in square brackets is intended to clarify the marks referred to, which are not described in Part 4.
In packing instruction P003, “and robust articles consigned under UN No 3164” is added after “3358”.
A new special packing provision is added in P003:
PP96 For UN No. 2037 waste gas cartridges carried in accordance with special provision 327, the packagings shall be adequately ventilated to prevent the creation of dangerous atmospheres and the build-up of pressure.
There are some very significant changes to the LC50 values in table 2 of P200; those affected are advised to check carefully.
A new special packing provision is added in P206:
PP97 For fire extinguishing agents assigned to UN No. 3500 the maximum test period for periodic inspection shall be 10 years. They may be carried in tubes of a maximum water capacity of 450 l conforming to the applicable requirements of Chapter 6.2.
In P207, PP87, “flammable atmosphere” is replaced by “dangerous atmospheres”.
In the last sentence of P301(1) and (2), “unit” is replaced by “primary containment”.
In P400(2) and (3), “threaded” is deleted from the first sentence; after that sentence, a new sentence is added:
Inner packagings shall have threaded closures or closures physically held in place by any means capable of preventing back-off or loosening of the closure by impact or vibration during carriage.
Similar changes are made in P404(1).
A new packing instruction P622 and large packing instruction LP622 apply to waste of UN 3549 carried for disposal, giving a range of options and specifying inter alia that the outer packaging shall conform to the packing group I performance level for solids.
There are some amendments to P801, which applies to UN 2794, 2795 and 3028. The Working Group felt it would be useful to group all the packing provisions for used batteries into one instruction.
In P903, a new paragraph is added:
(5) For packagings containing both cells or batteries packed with equipment and contained in equipment:
(a) For cells and batteries, packagings that completely enclose the cells or batteries, then placed with equipment in a packaging conforming to the requirements in paragraph (1) of this packing instruction; or
(b) Packagings conforming to the requirements in paragraph (1) of this packing instruction, then placed with the equipment in a strong outer packaging constructed of suitable material, and of adequate strength and design in relation to the packaging capacity and its intended use. The outer packaging shall be constructed in such a manner as to prevent accidental operation during carriage and need not meet the requirements of 22.214.171.124.
The equipment shall be secured against movement within the outer packaging.
Devices such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, watches and temperature loggers, which are not capable of generating a dangerous evolution of heat, may be carried when intentionally active in strong outer packagings. When active, these devices shall meet defined standards for electromagnetic radiation to ensure that the operation of the devices does not interfere with aircraft systems.
The introductory sentence of P907 is amended to read: “This instruction applies to articles, such as machinery, apparatus or devices of UN No. 3363”. In the text, “article” replaces “machinery or apparatus” throughout.
LP200 is amended to accommodate the carriage of waste gas cartridges. In addition, the last sentence is amended to read:
For waste aerosols and waste gas cartridges carried in accordance with special provision 327, the large packagings shall be adequately ventilated to prevent the creation of dangerous atmospheres and the build-up of pressure.
A new 126.96.36.199.3 is added, relating to polymerising substances:
The date at which the actual holding time ends shall be entered in the transport document (see 5.4.1. 2.2 (d)).
In 188.8.131.52, TP19 is amended to read:
TP19 At the time of construction, the minimum shell thickness determined according to 184.108.40.206 shall be increased by 3 mm as a corrosion allowance. Shell thickness shall be verified ultrasonically at intervals midway between periodic hydraulic tests and shall never be lower than the minimum shell thickness determined according to 220.127.116.11.
Part 5 There are a number of technical changes to the provisions relating to radioactive substances in 5.1.5, 5.3 and 5.4, as well as in 6.4.
The end of the second sentence of 18.104.22.168 is amended to read:
…for cylinders of 60 l water capacity or less when they shall be at least 6 mm in height and except for packages of 5 l capacity or less or of 5 kg maximum net mass when they shall be of an appropriate size.
A new sentence is added to the end of 22.214.171.124.6:
Any mark on the package made in accordance with the requirements of 126.96.36.199.4 (a) and (b) and 188.8.131.52.5 (c) relating to the package type that does not relate to the UN number and proper shipping name assigned to the consignment shall be removed or covered.
In the figure in 184.108.40.206.2, “120 mm” is replaced by “100 mm” and “110 mm” by “100 mm”. In the last paragraph, “a rectangle” is replaced by “a rectangle or square”; “120 wide x 110 mm high” is replaced by “100 mm wide x 100 mm high”; and “/line thickness” is deleted from the fifth sentence and “105 mm wide x 74 mm high” is replaced by “100 mm wide x 70 mm high”.
In the heading of 5.5.3, in the text in parentheses at the end, “or nitrogen” is added after “(UN 1951)”. A new Note is added after the heading:
In the context of this section the term “conditioning” may be used in a broader scope and includes protection.
There are corresponding changes in 220.127.116.11.2.
Part 6 In 18.104.22.168, which explains the ‘clock’ mark for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), the third sentence is amended to read:
Letters, numerals and symbols shall be at least 12 mm high, except for packagings of 30 l capacity or less or of 30 kg maximum net mass, when they shall be at least 6 mm in height and except for packagings of 5 l capacity or less or of 5 kg maximum net mass when they shall be of an appropriate size.
In the text of the note in 22.214.171.124(e), which explains the asterisk, the second sentence after the clock is replaced by the following:
In such a case and when the clock is placed adjacent to the type approval mark, the indication of the year in the mark may be waived. However, when the clock is not placed adjacent to the type approval mark, the two digits of the year in the mark and in the clock shall be identical.
A new 126.96.36.199 is added:
Where a packaging conforms to one or more than one tested packaging design type, including one or more than one tested IBC or large packaging design type, the packaging may bear more than one type approval mark to indicate the relevant performance test requirements that have been met. Where more than one mark appears on a packaging, the marks must appear in close proximity to one another and each mark must appear in its entirety.
A new 188.8.131.52.6 is added:
If materials used for body, heads, closures and fittings are not in themselves compatible with the contents to be carried, suitable internal protective coatings or treatments shall be applied. These coatings or treatments shall retain their protective properties under normal conditions of carriage.
Identical text is added as a new 184.108.40.206.6. In both cases, subsequent paragraphs are renumbered.
Several revised standards are added in Chapter 6.2, all relating to gas cylinders.
A new 220.127.116.11.3 is added:
Where an IBC conforms to one or more than one tested IBC design type, including one or more than one tested packaging or large packaging design type, the IBC may bear more than one mark to indicate the relevant performance test requirements that have been met. Where more than one mark appears on a packaging, the marks must appear in close proximity to one another and each mark shall appear in its entirety.
The last row in the table in 18.104.22.168.1 – maximum permitted stacking load – and its corresponding footnote are deleted. In the first sentence of 22.214.171.124.2, “when the IBC is in use” is deleted.
The last sentence of the first paragraph of 126.96.36.199.4 is amended to read:
They shall be durable, legible and placed in a location so as to be readily accessible for inspection after assembling the inner receptacle in the outer casing. When the marks on the inner receptacle are not readily accessible for inspection due to the design of the outer casing, a duplicate of the required marks on the inner receptacle shall be placed on the outer casing preceded by the wording “Inner receptacle”. This duplicate shall be durable, legible and placed in a location so as to be readily accessible for inspection.
The second sentence of the second paragraph is amended to read:
In such a case, the date may be waived from the remainder of the marks.
A new introductory sentence to 188.8.131.52.5 reads:
Metal IBCs with a capacity of more than 1500 l shall comply with the following minimum wall thickness requirement:
There are changes to the table under 184.108.40.206.5(a).
Text similar to that in 220.127.116.11.3 is added as 18.104.22.168 relating to large packagings.
A new paragraph 22.214.171.124.6 is added:
Except as provided for in this paragraph, portable tanks which have missed the timeframe for their scheduled 5 year or 2.5 year periodic inspection and test may only be filled and offered for carriage if a new 5 year periodic inspection and test is performed according to 126.96.36.199.4.
Similar wording is added as a new 188.8.131.52.6.
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At its autumn 2019 session, the Joint Meeting of RID/ADR/ADN experts made a great deal of progress in incorporating the latest changes from the UN