Transport regulations

The transport of hazardous goods is regulated both at international and national levels.

The modal regulations come from the Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG), developed by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and within GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Their objective is to ensure a high level of communication to assist in minimizing accidents and injury to people, damage to property and the environment during transportation.

They include provisions for classification, packaging, labeling/placarding & marking and preparation of transport documents. They create a uniform regulatory framework for all modes of transport (road, rail, inland waters, sea and/or air, sometimes by containers such as drums, intermediate bulk containers, etc). Highly dangerous and unstable substances are highly regulated and can be prohibited from transport.