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If you are a truck driver, probably you have never seen dangerous goods packed in excepted quantities. Unless you are involved in multimodal transport (air cargo). That’s because EQ mainly belongs to air transport. EQ is more strict than LQ (Limited Quantity), so if somebody wants to transport dangerous goods on the road with this exception LQ provides higher thresholds than EQ. Let’s see what regulations we have relating to EQ according to ADR.
Excepted quantities of dangerous goods of certain classes, other than articles, meeting the provisions of this Chapter are not subject to any other provisions of ADR except for:
(a) The training requirements in Chapter 1.3;
(b) The classification procedures and packing group criteria in Part 2;
(c) The packaging requirements of 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
SEE, this exemption has training requirements according to ADR 1.3 too. You can’t take any hazardous load without proper guidance. Not even a box.
Take a look on the thresholds.
You can see these numbers. 30 and 1 gramme or ml per inner packaging, and 1000, 500, 300 grammes or ml per outer packaging. Small packs anyway.
Special provisions for packagings:
Packagings used for the carriage of dangerous goods in excepted quantities shall be in compliance with the following:
(a) There shall be an inner packaging and each inner packaging shall be constructed of plastic (with a minimum thickness of 0.2 mm when used for liquids), or of glass, porcelain, stoneware, earthenware or metal (see also 184.108.40.206) and the closure of each inner packaging shall be held securely in place with wire, tape or other positive means; any receptacle having a neck with moulded screw threads shall have a leak proof threaded type cap. The closure shall be resistant to the contents;
(b) Each inner packaging shall be securely packed in an intermediate packaging with cushioning material in such a way that, under normal conditions of carriage, they cannot break, be punctured or leak their contents. The intermediate packaging shall completely contain the contents in case of breakage or leakage, regardless of package orientation. For liquids, the intermediate packaging shall contain sufficient absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of the inner packaging. In such cases, the absorbent material may be the cushioning material. Dangerous goods shall not react dangerously with cushioning, absorbent material and packaging material or reduce the integrity or function of the materials;
(c) The intermediate packaging shall be securely packed in a strong, rigid outer packaging (wooden, fibreboard or other equally strong material);
(d) Each package type shall be in compliance with the provisions in 3.5.3;
(e) Each package shall be of such a size that there is adequate space to apply all necessary markings; and
(f) Overpacks may be used and may also contain packages of dangerous goods or goods not subject to the requirements of ADR.
The marking shall be in the form of a square. The hatching and symbol shall be of the same colour, black or red, on white or suitable contrasting background. The minimum dimensions shall be 100 mm x 100 mm. Where dimensions are not specified, all features shall be in approximate proportion to those shown.
The number of packages in any vehicle or container shall not exceed 1 000.
Documents shall include the statement “Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities” and indicate the number of packages.
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