The United Nations have established a universal system for the classification and packaging of dangerous goods to facilitate their safe transport. National and international regulations governing rail, road, sea and air transport are all based on the UN system. Under the regulations, packaging must meet or exceed minimum standards of performance before it can be authorised for the carriage of dangerous goods. Package performance is established by subjecting the packaging to tests described in chapter 6.1 of the UN Model Regulations.

Once a container has achieved UN certification any packaging manufactured to that specification(design-type) may be regarded as meeting the requirements and marked accordingly. The packaging can then be allocated the unique UN approval mark for that design.

The container required depends on the type of hazardous goods to be transported. Containers can be supplied for each of the UN Packaging groups which are defined as:

  • Group 1: Great danger – High hazard level e.g. potassium cyanide.
  • Group 2: Medium Danger – medium hazard level e.g. lead acid batteries.
  • Group 3: Minor Danger- Low hazard level e.g. diesel.

RTP Materials Handling is able to provide UN certified containers in various colours and compatible with tracking accessories upon request. Tracking accessories allow necessary paperwork to be transported alongside hazardous goods for safe handling and disposal.