Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7 Released

Alena Titterton writes:

The 7th Edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7) has been released and is now available for purchase. ADG7 is scheduled for implementation in 2008. There will be a transition period where the 6th Edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, published in 1998, will continue to apply.

According to the National Transport Commission, key features of ADG7 include:

  1. Minimum insurance coverage of $5 million for each placarded trailer, which accommodates trailers in vehicle combinations owned and insured by different companies;
  2. License exemption for certain herbicides and pesticides transported in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) up to 3,000 kg/l in total;
  3. Stronger Chain of Responsibility provisions;
  4. Including specific duties on consignors to prevent the movement of goods too dangerous to be transported;
  5. Emergency Information Panels on IBCs and all placard loads are still required to ensure easy incident response identification;
  6. Concessions for small quantities of dangerous goods transported solely for personal use, or by trades people in the course of their business;
  7. Concessions for small quantities of dangerous goods in mixed retail distribution loads; and
  8. Technical updates from UN15 recently ratified by the UN.

Copies of ADG7 are available through CanPrint.

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