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What are UN containers? (Part 1)

May 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM

As of 1st January 1991, any dangerous goods that require transportation by either international marine or international / domestic air transport must be in packaging that displays a UN marking. This mark proves that the design and build of the packaging has been tested in line with the recommendations of the "United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods".

All containers that have been OKed as "UN Certified" or "UN Approved", must have first passed some rigorous testing procedures. These test procedures are intended to ensure that packaging which will contain hazardous materials can withstand normal conditions of transportation and are considered to represent the minimum acceptable design standards/requirements.

These design stipulations consist of certain performance related tests that measure the integrity of packaging and the extent to which these tests run varies according to the Packing Group. These tests are intended to prove the integrity of a design based on the Packing Group level of performance. The requirement is that a design, when filled and ready for shipment, should consistently perform at that level. It’s not possible for the tests to represent all possible conditions and environment of transportation, so they re more of an additional factor to an overall design process and they need to take into account the particular application of the packaging.

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Category: Plastic container manufacturing

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