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Most goods consigned for transport do not pose a danger to those involved in the transport operation, to members of the public, or to the environment. However, there are some which have properties which make them potentially hazardous. Such as the bottles of flammable gas above.

Transporting Dangerous Goods throughout the world by land, sea and air is a necessary part of today's culture. In order to ensure that dangerous goods are transported as safely as possible, there are both national and international regulations in place for the different modes of transport, sea, air, road, rail and inland waterway.

They contain specific, detailed requirements about containers, packaging, and their marking. They also have requirements on identifying substances by their properties, and ways in which information has to be given to those handling and carrying the loads and to the public. All these regulations stem from the Recommendations of a United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Model Regulations) which is regularly reviewed and updated.




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