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ADR standards – Definition and implication

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The term ADR refers to the Dangerreuses Route Agreement, i.e. the European agreement relating to the international transport of dangerous goods by road, which is updated every two years with specific amendments. In general, dangerous goods are classified according to the related risk and there are:

  • Class 1 Explosive substances and items
  • Class 2 Gas
  • Class 3 Flammable liquids
  • Class 4.1 Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and desensitized solid explosives
  • Class 4.2 Substances subject to spontaneous ignition
  • Class 4.3 Substances that, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
  • Class 5.1 Oxidizing substances
  • Class 5.2 Organic peroxides
  • Class 6.1 Toxic substances
  • Class 6.2 Infectious substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive materials
  • Class 8 Corrosive substances
  • Class 9 Various dangerous substances and objects

Dangerous goods - Definition

In addition to belonging to one of the classes indicated above, dangerous goods are identified by a specific 4-digit identification code or UN number that characterizes each substance. Furthermore, dangerous goods are named based on their chemical characteristics and associated risks.
For example, depending on the case we will have:

  • UN N ° 1090 ACETONE
Alternatively, there will be generic and specific headings based on the property of the dangerous substance. In general, ADR defines the degree of danger and identifies a degree of packaging that can be III, the least dangerous or I, II.

ADR and dangerous goods table

The dangerous goods table is the heart of ADR and allows you to know the rules relating to each substance with instructions for road transport based on the UN code. The columns contain information on the dangerous substance.
In addition to this, the ADR provides that the transport document contains information on the goods and the associated degree of danger. In this case, the UN number is preceded by the initials UN, the name of the substance and, if applicable, the packing group. For example, you will have:

  • UN 1202, DIESEL, 3, III, (D / E)
  • UN 1824, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, 8, III, (E)
  • UN 1098, ALLYL ALCOHOL, 6.1 (3), I (C / D).
Only in the case of waste transport can the transport document be replaced with the waste identification form, on which the same information must appear.

Settala Gas and the transport of hydrocarbons

In Settala Gas we can offer the transport of liquid materials in ADR such as hydrocarbons and storage services thanks to a consolidated experience in the sector. Transport is done with tankers assembled in tractors and trucks to meet the needs of customers from time to time.
We have the necessary certifications, licenses and licenses to deal with any type of load and our staff is adequately and periodically trained on the regulations of the transport sector and is characterized by high-level professional skills.
Contact us to find out more about ADR standards and the transport of hydrocarbons with Settala Gas.