Code for transport of dangerous goods set to be updated

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The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail will be updated to reduce the burden on the industry when transporting low-risk items and to bring it in line with new United Nations transport requirements.

The changes will come into effect from 1 July 2018 and compulsory from 1 July 2019, after the updated version 7.6 of the Code was approved by transport ministers in May.

National Transport Commission Chief Executive Paul Retter said one of the key changes included simplifying transport of lower-risk limited quantities of dangerous goods.

“Operators who transport low-risk dangerous goods in limited quantities such as household cleaning products, perfumes, and cosmetics will no longer be compelled to abide by overly burdensome labelling and marking requirements, for example,” Mr. Retter said.

The United Nations updates the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations every two years and recently approved the 20th round of changes to the United National model regulations.

“The changes approved by ministers on 18 May 2018 will ensure the Code aligns more closely with United Nations Regulations,” Mr. Retter said.

Other changes include exempting mobile processing units (MPUs) from the Code to remove duplicate requirements in other laws, as long as the MPU is authorised within each jurisdiction to operate. MPUs are vehicles designed to take raw explosive materials to mine sites where the explosive will be manufactured and used.

The National Transport Commission says states and territories have committed to amending their local laws to align with making the changes from version 7.6 of the Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail to their local laws.

The NTC is responsible for the maintenance of the model legislation for the land transport of dangerous goods in Australia.

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