GHS SDS Preparation Tip 5: How to Complete Section 14 Transport Info

Little Pro on 2019-08-13

SDS section 14 transport info is a very important section providing info on whether a substance or mixture belongs to dangerous goods or not because not all chemicals are subject to dangerous goods transport regulations.  If a chemical product meets dangerous goods classification criteria, a UN number (i.e., four-figure identification number, UN1128) will be assigned and provided in section 14. In this article, we will provide a few tips about how to complete the SDS section 14. 

Required Info in SDS Section 14 Transport Info

The required information in SDS section 14 may include the following info. If you do not know what they mean, please click each term and read it first. 

  • UN number (i.e., four-figure identification number )
  • UN proper shipping name
  • DG hazard class(es)
  • Packing group based on the degree of hazard
  • Environmental hazards (e.g., identify if it is a marine pollutant according to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)).
  • Guidance on transport in bulk (according to Annex II of MARPOL 73/783 and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (International Bulk Chemical Code (IBC Code)
  • Special precautions for users

If your product does not belong to dangerous goods, you can simply state "Not dangerous goods" or "DG regulations not applicable" in SDS section 14.

Tip 1: How Do I Know If My Product Belongs to Dangerous Goods or Not?

If you are a GHS expert, you can usually infer whether a chemical product belongs to dangerous goods or not based on its GHS classification. If a chemical substance or mixture does not meet GHS classification criteria, it usually does not belong to dangerous goods (i.e, sugar, soybean oil). More info can be found below.

If you are neither a GHS expert or DG expert, please get some professional help. 

Tip 2: How to Determine Correct UN Number and Proper Shipping Name?

Proper shipping name is the standard technical name to describe the hazard properties and the composition of dangerous goods.  For pure chemical substances or well-defined mixture products, it is easy to choose UN numbers , proper shipping names and packging groups from dangerous goods list. For hazardous mixtures or other articles, it takes more efforts and expertise to determine an accurate UN number and proper shipping name. More info can be found below. 

Tip 3: How Do I Know If My Product Is A Marine Pollutant or Not?

A material is identified as a Marine Pollutant (MP) if it is listed in the IMDG Code Index, or if it meets the criteria for classification as "Environmentally Hazardous Substance (aquatic environment). Sometimes you need to do some aquatic toxicity testing to identify if your product is a marine pollutant or not.

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