Classification of dangerous goods with UN number from the declaration of substance properties

Have you ever been confronted with the problem that you have supposed dangerous goods in your company and there is no categorization according to chapter 3.2 ADR/ RID/ IMDG-Code? In the following I will explain to you how to classify a UN number from the substance properties and how to determine the correct technical name!

Here are the individual steps briefly and succinctly:

1. determine the properties of the substance

2. look at the table in subsection 2.1.3.10 ADR/ RID or 2.0.3.6 IMDG Code

3. explosive substance? Yes --> Glossary Annex B --> 4.

4. explosive? No --> 5.

5. annex A

6. classification

7. list of dangerous goods

8. transport according to ADR or/ and RID? Yes --> 9. No --> 11.

9. compliance with parts 1 - 7 ADR/ RID

10. responsibilities according to RL Binnenland, GGBefG, GGVSEB, RSEB, GGAV, ODV observed

11. transport according to IMDG Code? Yes --> 12., No --> 13.

12. observe responsibilities according to GGBefG, MoU Baltic Sea, GGVSee, RL GGVSee

13. you have reached the destination!

Treatment according to other laws (ChemG) or regulations (CLP-VO) is disregarded!

The description of the individual steps

1. determine properties of the substance

The specialist for occupational safety, dangerous goods officer or the dangerous goods officer can now determine the properties of the substance.

Supposed hazardous substances/dangerous goods are also known as H-phrases due to the reference to the hazard statements. Since this is a solid substance, I can make the following restrictions. The severe eye irritation can be caused by corrosive substances, which must be declared with the danger label pattern, No. 8 for dangerous goods. Since this substance was, or still is, present in skin creams, I assume that the fertility damage is caused by toxic substances (No. 6.1). I exclude infectious substances (No. 6.2) and environmentally hazardous substances as well as radioactive substances.

2. view table in 2.1.3.10 ADR/ RID or 2.0.3.6 IMDG Code

According to ADR/ RID, the predominant hazard by merging 6.1 II (DERMAL) and 8 I according to table 2.1.3.10 for a solid substance and mixtures (SOL) is 6.1 II.

Justification for classification:

H319 with the description "severe eye irritation" suggests, under the presumption of the song closure reflex and the required rinsing with water, that the effect on the sensory organ is immediate. I hereby assign VG I as the maximum hazard.

H360 in combination with the word "may" makes me classify the substance in packing group II (medium hazard), because although damage does not occur immediately, the effects in relation to unborn life or fertility may have immense side effects.

GHS08 and the signal word "Caution" have not caused any further findings in addition to the H-phrases.

3. explosive? Yes Glossary Appendix B 4.

According to my research and opinion, sodium tetraborate (trade name: borax) is not an explosive.

4. explosive? No --> 5.

Go to Annex A

5. appendix A

In the list of "proper technical names" of "generic entries" and "N.A.G. entries", under Class 6.1 and additional hazard 8, the following entry is most appropriate:

6. classification

Described here as "TOXIC ANORGANIC SOLID, CORROSIVE, N.O.S." with UN number 3290.

7. dangerous goods list

In the dangerous goods list of the ADR/ RID as well as the IMDG code this substance has the packing group I, the limited quantity here is 0. According to the ADR/ RID SV 274 with reference to the subsection 3.1.2.8 apply here, which is only permitted for transport by road and rail as follows: UN 3290 TOXIC ANORGANIC SOLID, CORROSIVE, N.O.S. (sodium tetraborate decahydrate). In the IMDG Code, reference is made to SV 274 in subsection 3.1.2.8.1.

8. transport according to ADR or/ and RID? Yes --> 9. No --> 11.

Yes, the hazardous substance has been transported by land afterwards

9. compliance with parts 1 - 7 ADR/ RID

Must be observed here in detail!

10. responsibilities according to RL Binnenland, GGBefG, GGVSEB, RSEB, GGAV, ODV must be observed!

Assume responsibility according to 10.

11. transport according to IMDG Code? Yes --> 12., No --> 13.

Assume, because the country of origin is Turkey and the article was available as a 1kg container on Ebay with shipping from Poland for less than €11. Thus I exclude here the air transport (DGR).

12. responsibilities among other things according to GGBefG, MoU Baltic Sea, GGVSee, RL GGVSee note!

Assume responsibility according to 11.

13. you have reached the goal!

Relaxation flows through your body, if not don't draw €2.000 and go back to start (1. Determine properties of the substance!)

If you have already self-declared a hazardous substance, I would be interested in your approach. Did my approach help you further, or do you have any hints/suggestions for changes? I would be very pleased to exchange ideas.

Thank you for your attention

Mr. Safety