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 “Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road(ADR)” defines gases, explosives, ammunition and fireworks, flammable, toxic, infectious, radioactive, corrosive, 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
10 practical tips for shipping dangerous goods by sea The transport of dangerous goods by sea is subject to special regulations. Unlike trucking, where only short transport distances are covered and professional help can be called quickly, a container ship is in the middle of the ocean. With a cargo volume of 24,000 TEU, or 24,000 standard containers that are just under 20 feet or a good six meters long, any small problem can turn into a disaster. In the following, I will describe how shippers can take the best possible precautions for their dangerous goods shipments. There are ten points to pay particular attention to: Which dangerous goods regulations apply to my dangerous goods shipment Carefully mark and label your goods. Describe your goods as accurately as possible. Create a correct Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). Is the cargo container safe and suitable for transport Observe separation rules: What is allowed together and what is not? Load securing not only protects your goods. Shipowners ask many additional questions… and often have the last word. Other countries, other (dangerous goods) customs. What else should be considered? 1. what regulations apply to my dangerous goods shipment? In principle, all worldwide dangerous goods
Smart storage for electric vehicles: Trends in battery development Electromobility is bringing momentum to the energy transition and is one of its key factors. For a long time, the short range of e-vehicles and the inadequate charging infrastructure held back broader social acceptance. Step by step, however, it is arriving: in automotive manufacturing, on the ground, and with drivers. In addition to new technologies, the promoting drivers for this are an increasing awareness of the environment and responsibility, as well as legislation. Politicians are putting together climate protection packages, and manufacturers are investing heavily in their battery development. Various concepts are on the start. Battery development follows the electrification of mobility Within the last years, e-mobility-related technologies and materials have been developed successfully. Therefore, automotive companies are gradually scaling back the production of their combustion engines. Energy density increased, and battery power became much cheaper. E-car drivers now reach much more distant destinations on a single charge, and the charging infrastructure is also improving. Most everyday trips involve only short distances anyway, so skepticism dissipates. Laws are promoting the trend: combustion engines are becoming more expensive due to higher vehicle taxes, the state is offering incentives such as the environmental
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. This information is continuously supplemented and monitored in the logistics process – all the way to the consumer, who has a right to information about the chemicals. The data collection contains not only information on the respective substances, but also on dangerous potentials and possible substitutes. What’s new as of October 2022? The changes, which come into force in October, are to be interpreted as part of a fundamental reform strategy of the European Union. The aim of the so-called European Green Deal is to change the production and trade of chemicals by 2050 in such a way that human
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 below 2 °C, but preferably to 1.5 °C, compared with pre-industrial levels. Developing countries and emerging economies receive financial and technical support. Consequently, governments and economies need to work hand in hand, with appropriate legislation creating the right incentives for investment in greener industries. For a long time, due to complacency, denial and dependence on the status quo, this process was unfortunately very slow. As a result, electromobility in particular – with the goal of emission-free mobility for a sustainable future – is developing in very different ways. The European Union wants to lead the way in this trend reversal
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 for progress and prosperity Worldwide, sales in the chemical industry, even excluding pharmaceutical production, have grown by an average of around three percent annually in recent years. And in the long term – I am convinced of this – this trend will continue. We urgently need further progress in materials science, in battery management, in the circular economy. None of this exists without an innovative chemical industry. From modern 3D printing in manufacturing to alternative drives – nothing works without chemistry. Nevertheless, in the current energy and gas crisis, we see that the chemical industry is an energy-intensive sector. If
This is where the editorial team of the Leschaco dangerous goods logistics blog blogs about the latest news and background information on 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.