The Leschaco Dangerous Goods Logistics Blog
Dangerous goods logistics is a matter of trust. Because dangerous goods logistics not only requires extensive knowledge and experience, but also a sense of responsibility for people and nature.
Advances in natural science, and chemistry in particular, have significantly raised our standard of living in recent decades. At the same time, the number of registered industrial chemicals has more than tripled in the last 20 years. Today, about 350,000 different substances are produced artificially. Scientists assume that there are around 6,000 substances among these that must be classified as dangerous goods.
With globalization, the growing international division of labor, the requirements for safe dangerous goods logistics are also increasing. With the dangerous goods logistics blog, Leschaco wants to offer a platform for the transfer of knowledge around this important topic for people and nature.
What is actually dangerous goods logistics? A definition.
By dangerous goods logistics, we mean all processes relating to the storage, packaging and transport of dangerous goods. For example, the “European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road(ADR)” defines gases, explosives, ammunition and fireworks, flammable, toxic, infectious, radioactive, corrosive, and water and environmentally hazardous substances as dangerous goods.
To ensure safety throughout these processes, special technologies and equipment are required, such as fire protection systems, extinguishing devices, fireproof partitions, and chemical-resistant and particularly shockproof containers. But it is also about complex knowledge about the combination of dangerous substances, i.e. the knowledge of which dangerous substances must not come into contact with which substances under any circumstances: What is allowed to be stored and transported together with what at all? How must containers that have come into contact with specific dangerous goods be cleaned?
Dangerous goods logistics requires extensive specialized knowledge and careful and sustainable documentation of all processes so that risks can be minimized and, in the event of an accident, damage can be limited as far as possible. An essential part of this documentation is the conscientious marking of the dangerous goods before transport, i.e. the correct labeling and assignment to the appropriate dangerous goods class. Correct labeling is essential for safe loading, correct transport and a situation-appropriate procedure in the event of damage.
The latest posts on the dangerous goods logistics blog
REACH – Getting the chemistry right in dangerous goods logistics October 14, 2022 is an important day for the international transport of dangerous chemical goods. On this day, the latest revision of the EU Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals enters into force. This regulation is known under the label REACH. What is REACH actually? REACH obliges all actors involved in the transport of chemicals to ensure that these chemicals are used safely at all times. For this purpose, extensive information must be submitted on all chemicals. Chemicals may not be placed on the market without registration.
The industry is loaded: Current challenges in battery logistics The electrification of individual transport is having a significant impact on the logistics industry: while automotive logistics, for example, must come to terms with the fact that the number of components in e-vehicles is decreasing, a new challenging growth area is emerging in the hazardous goods sector with battery logistics. We face enormous climate-related challenges. That’s why the international community agreed to a landmark global climate treaty in 2015. For the first time, all 195 signatory countries pledged to fight global warming. Its goal is to limit global warming to well
Welcome to the Leschaco Dangerous Goods Logistics Blog It is easy to be tempted to avoid the dangers by avoiding them. But those who avoid the danger are more likely to perish in it. This realization is ultimately at the core of dangerous materials logistics. Because the safe transport of dangerous goods helps to avoid risks. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic showed us all how important the transport of medications, medical oxygen, viral samples, clinical equipment or nuclear medicine equipment is today. No safe healthcare without dangerous materials logistics. The focus is on chemistry – because it is a prerequisite
A new intelligent shipping container for more safety. The result of a cooperation between Aeler and Leschaco
A new intelligent shipping container for more safety. The result of a cooperation between Aeler and Leschaco Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Today, more than 80% of international goods traffic is carried by sea. In most developing countries, the proportion is even significantly higher. Containers with chemicals, such as highly flammable ingredients, must be handled with special care in ports and on ships. If handled and transported improperly, a dangerous goods container can quickly become a serious problem and put people, ships and the environment at serious risk. We all remember with horror
A pernicious trend: false declarations in dangerous goods logistics The transport of dangerous goods requires great care in quality management and a maximum sense of responsibility from everyone involved in tasks in this area. This starts with proper dangerous goods classification and continues with safe packaging, labeling, documentation, safe loading and reliable transportation with selected subcontractors. The risks that can arise from the smallest errors and carelessness at any point in the complex logistics chain are considerable and can cause enormous damage to people and the environment – on land, at sea and in the air. The number of accidents
Here the editors of the Leschaco dangerous goods logistics blog blog about current and background information from the dangerous goods logistics. The contributions do not reflect the opinion of Leschaco in every case, but always the position of the respective authors. Members of the editorial team come from trade media, agencies, friendly companies or directly from Leschaco. You can reach us by email . We are looking forward to your suggestions and questions.
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Associations / Federations
- American Chemistry Council (ACC)
- Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Pinturas y Tintas (ANAFAPYT)
- Asociaction Petroquimica Y Quimica Latinoamericana
- Associação Brasileira da Indústria Química (Abiquim)
- Bundesverband Spedition ud Logistik
- European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)
- International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
- International Maritime Organization - IMO
- Responsible Care - by The European Chemical Industry Council, AISBL
- Singapore Chemical Industry Council
- Solutions for human progress - by Chilean Industrial Chemical Association (ASIQUIM)
- Transport-Informations-Service (TIS / GDV)
- Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)