Dangerous Goods Package Testing Services

Compliance testing for UN Dangerous Goods

STERIS and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) have partnered to provide a UN certification service for packaging of dangerous goods and hazardous materials.

STERIS is ISO 17025 accredited and our technical advisors are proficient in interpreting UN regulations on package testing for dangerous goods. We consult with and advise our Customers on how to test and certify their packaging.

Guidance documents / standards:

  • UN Recommendations on the transportation of dangerous goods – Model Regulations (Orange Book)
  • ADR The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
  • IATA International Air Transport Association
  • ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
  • IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods
  • ISO 16495 (Transport packaging for dangerous goods)

Packaging types:

  • Drums – metal, wood, fiberboard, plastic
  • Jerricans – metal, plastic
  • Boxes – metal, wood, fiberboard, plastic
  • Bags – plastic, textile, paper
  • Composite packaging – plastic receptacle, glass, porcelain, stone receptacle

Group classifications:

  • Group I (X) – substances presenting high danger
  • Group II (Y) – substances presenting medium danger
  • Group III (Z) – substances presenting low danger

Substance classification:

  • 3 – Flammable liquids
  • 4: 1-3 – Flammable solids, substances liable to spontaneous combustion; substances which, on contact with water, emit flammable gases
  • 5: 1 – Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
  • 6: 1 – Toxic substances
  • 8 – Corrosive substances
  • 9 – Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles

Dangerous goods test methods include:

  • Labelling / marking
  • Climatic conditioning
  • Impact and drop testing
  • Compression testing
  • Vibration testing
  • High pressure / low pressure (altitude) testing
  • Leak proofness testing
  • Hydrostatic testing
  • Ullage testing
  • COBB test
  • Edge crush test
  • Grammage test

Technical Support

Our technical support team also offers guidance toward:

  • Packaging evaluations and concept reviews
  • Risk assessment
  • Identification of applicable standards
  • Test planning and protocol development
  • Evaluating prior validations and gap analysis
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