Dangerous Goods Code Changes

Proposed changes to the Dangerous Goods Code have been released by the National Transport Commission. The proposed improvements to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail have been published in order to get feedback from the industry.

According to Paul Retter, NTC CEO, the proposed Code include changes to help align it with the latest UN recommendations (UN19), specific Australian changes and improvements to rules governing the transport of dangerous goods in limited qualities amounts, as approved in-principle by the Ministerial Council in 2015.

“We continually update the Code to keep Australians safe and to cut unnecessary red tape on business,” said Retter.

The proposed changes are aimed to cut the red tape faced by people transporting limited quantities of household and personal care goods classified as dangerous, implement a common placard limit of two tonnes for all movements of limited quantities of goods classified as dangerous, and allow retail packages of very small quantities of goods classified as dangerous to be transported in a mixed package to be carried as general freight.

“These changes have been designed to help businesses get their goods to market efficiently without imposing a detectable level of risk to the Australian public,” said Retter. “However we are keen to hear from a range of views about whether they are an appropriate and effective way of doing this.”

The NTC is encouraging dangerous goods technical experts, chemical manufacturers and importers, the Australian transport industry, and other members of Australian society to have their say on the proposed changes by August 9 by visiting the NTC website.