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The main focus of this guide was to identify the key information required for United Nations (UN) packaging certification to ensure the selected packaging was certified to the appropriate level for its intended use.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D10 on Packaging, this guide was withdrawn in January 2017 in accordance with section 10.6.3 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 The main focus of this guide is to identify the key information required for United Nations (UN) packaging certification to ensure the selected packaging will be certified to the appropriate level for its intended use. This document also provides guidance for locating relevant sections of the United States Department of Transportation Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Consult with a regulatory specialist whenever needed.
1.2 This guide is intended to assist in determining the appropriate performance tests required to certify packaging designs to the United States Department of Transportation Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations performance oriented packaging standards based on the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
1.3 This guide covers the testing for transportation of hazardous materials packagings for net masses not exceeding 400 kg (880 lb) or capacities not exceeding 450 L (119 gal), excepting packagings for infectious substances, radioactive materials, cylinders and other receptacles for gases.
1.4 This guide does not replace domestic or international regulatory requirements for hazardous materials packaging but is strongly recommended to be used in conjunction with those regulations.
1.5 The user of this guide must be trained in accordance with the United States Department of Transportation Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) as required by 172.700 and should be familiar with other applicable hazardous materials regulations such as; International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and carrier rules such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.
1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
ISO StandardISO 535 Determination of Water Absorption of Paper and Board (Cobb Method) Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
United Nations DocumentUnited Nations Recommendations on the Transport of
Regulatory Documents49 CFR United States Department of Transportation Code of Federal Regulations Title 49, Transportation, Parts 100-199 Available from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9371 (website: hazmat.dot.gov).
Industry DocumentSteel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI) UN Test Procedures for 1A1 and 1A2 Steel Drums Available from the Steel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI), 1101 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, http://www.steelcontainers.com.
D323 Test Method for Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Reid Method)
D642 Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads
D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing
D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments
D999 Test Methods for Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
D4169 Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
D4332 Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing
D4359 Test Method for Determining Whether a Material Is a Liquid or a Solid
D4577 Test Method for Compression Resistance of a Container Under Constant Load
D4991 Test Method for Leakage Testing of Empty Rigid Containers by Vacuum Method
D5276 Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall
D5570 Test Method for Water Resistance of Tape and Adhesives Used as Box Closure
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ASTM D4919-03(2008), Standard Specification for Testing of Hazardous Materials Packagings (Withdrawn 2017), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.orgBack to Top