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China | Packaging for dangerous goods: A Closer Look at the New Salvage Packaging Standards

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The safe transportation of dangerous goods is of paramount importance to prevent accidents and protect both human lives and the environment. To address this critical concern, China has introduced a draft document, titled "Packaging for Dangerous Goods—Safety Technical Code for Salvage Packaging". 

I. Scope and Objectives:

The draft document, known as ICS 13.300 CCS A 80 GB XXXXX—XXXX, outlines comprehensive safety technical standards for salvage packaging. Its primary objectives are:

  1. Classifying Dangerous Goods: The document categorizes dangerous goods into nine distinct classes based on their hazard characteristics. These classes include explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive materials, corrosive substances, and miscellaneous hazardous materials.

  2. Packaging Classification: It classifies packaging into three categories (Class I, Class II, and Class III) based on the level of hazard associated with the contained dangerous goods.

  3. Markings and Labels: The document defines stringent requirements for markings and labels on salvage packaging and large salvage packaging to ensure clear identification of the hazardous materials they contain.

  4. General Safety Requirements: It lays down a set of general safety requirements, including the structural strength of the packaging, cleanliness, and measures to prevent leakage or damage to the hazardous materials during transport.

II. Significance of Salvage Packaging:

Salvage packaging plays a crucial role in the transportation of damaged, defective, or leaking hazardous materials. It ensures that such materials are securely contained during transit to designated recycling or disposal facilities. The document distinguishes between "salvage packaging" and "large salvage packaging," with the latter designed for heavier and bulkier loads.

III. Compliance and Testing:

The draft document enforces strict compliance with standards and testing procedures to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of salvage packaging. It requires rigorous performance testing before deployment to verify the packaging's ability to withstand normal transportation conditions, such as impact, vibrations, temperature variations, and altitude-related pressures.

IV. International Standards:

The document references international standards, including those outlined in the United Nations' recommendations for the transportation of dangerous goods. This ensures that China's safety standards align with global best practices.



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