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GLOSSARY for the WORLDWIDE TRANSPORTATION of DANGEROUS GOODS and HAZARDOUS MATERIALS


Year: 1999
Language: english
Author: Malcolm A. Fox
Genre: Reference book
Publisher: Springer
Edition: 1
ISBN: 978-3-662-11890-0
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 351
Description: Worldwide, 500,000 shipments of materials which pose chemical, physical,
or biological risks to human health, property, or the environment are made
each day by air, rail, road, sea, and inland waterways totalling over 3.6 billion metric tons each year. 1 To ensure safety during transportation, the
means by which these dangerous goods and hazardous materials2 are packaged and handled is prescribed by international authority including the
United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, the International
Atomic Energy Agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and
the International Air Transport Association, as well as national authorities
such as the Department of Transportation in the United States. In fact, the
United Nations establishes model regulations that function as recommendations addressed to international organizations and national governments.
At the core of regulation lies hazard identification: once accurately identified, the hazards of dangerous goods may be communicated and the material
safely packaged, segregated, transported, and handled by qualified personnel.
Incorrectly identified materials increase greatly the risk of explosion, fire,
poisoning, or some other mishap. To aid identification, each authority
maintains a list of the articles, substances, and materials it regulates comprising thousands of entries including chemical names, industry-specific terms,
tradenames, generic descriptions, and other specialized terms common to the
language of transportation. While much of this language is recognizable,
some is less well understood even to transportation, environmental, and
health professionals.
The Glossary for the Worldwide Transportation of Dangerous Goods and
Hazardous Materials (the Glossary) explains these specialized terms using
simple language, understandable to shippers around the world. Thereby, it
functions as a guide to all those with the fundamental responsibility to identify the hazards and proper shipping names of regulated materials for domestic or international shipment. Specifically, the Glossary

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