The 2016 Edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) includes several important changes that have been made to the regulations regarding the classification, labeling, packing instructions, and shipping of dangerous goods.
Some of the significant changes include new criteria for determining viscosity in Class 3 flammable liquids, large packaging packing instructions for aerosols, new ISO standards that are being incorporated into the packing instructions for gases, and new Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods label that will be used when shipping lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries.
These changes, while voluntary this year, will become mandatory as of January 1, 2018.
IMDG Code, 2016 Edition, Amendment 38-16
The 58th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations includes numerous amendments that were made by both the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel and the IATA Dangerous Goods Board.
Some of the important changes include new shipping classifications, training and instruction requirements, changes regarding packing instructions and performance testing, and several changes to markings and labeling.
Complete List of Amendments
In an effort to address questions posed by stakeholders regarding the labeling requirements of both agencies, PHMSA and OSHA have released a joint guidance that clarifies the applicability of their labeling requirements for hazardous chemicals. The two agencies are responsible for the enforcement of safety standards regarding hazardous chemicals in the United States.
Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals for Bulk Shipments Joint Guidance Memorandum
IATA has released a list of changes that will be included in the 58th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The changes will cover a variety of topics including lithium ion batteries, dangerous goods in excepted quantities, operator responsibilities, and classification adjustments. All changes will be effective as of January 1, 2017.
Significant Changes and Amendments to the 58TH Edition (2017) DGR
The Online CFR is a web based application that gives users access to numerous aspects of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. PHMSA has released a new beta version of the online CFR. Features of this version include the ability to search sections of the HMR, interpretations issued on specific sections, rulemakings that affect the section, special permits and approvals issued referencing the section and enforcement actions. A Quick Reference Guide is available to provide users with search guides and gives an overview of the application.
The updated 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is now available. The latest version of the ERG will include general updates, expanded sections, and now includes guide pages for absorbed gases.
PHMSA will be issuing free copies to firefighters, police departments, and emergency medical technicians. The mobile application of the 2016 ERG will be available later this spring.
2016 Emergency Response Guidebook ,
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