What’s New in IATA DGR 55th Edition?

IATA has recently heralded 55th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations by outlining key amendments which would have definite impacts on the dangerous goods and hazardous materials industry. How? Let’s take a tour of key highlights from this new edition.

1) Repositioning Operators’ Practices

If you’re working as an operator in air freight, then this development is for you. Curious to know? Just check 1.4.2 now to find out what has been recommended for an operator to assist pilots whilst transporting particularly regulated dangerous goods via passenger and crew baggage.

2) Training Ambit Extended

Good news for flight operation officers and flight dispatchers, indeed. Now, they would be required to receive dangerous goods training under category (previously key) 10.

3) New Entries

Beware! The list of dangerous goods for air freight have been added up by “new entries”. Remember A 806? Yes, it is applicable to batteries and nickel metal hydride and has been furthered by the UN Number 3496 which remains valid for sea transportation only. Quite pertinently, the packing instructions for lithium batteries have been subjected to revisions with a directive for using Shipper’s Declaration necessarily. The documentation for lithium batteries is another addition accordingly. Going further, the clarification for “Marking & Labeling” compliance has redefined requirements for air transport.

4) Clarifying Electronic Devices

ICAO clarifies limitations for medical devices functional on lithium batteries and this aims to distinguish between permissible and impermissible portable electronic devices regulated as dangerous goods.

5) Radioactive Material

The provisions regulating storage, loading and inspection of radioactive materials should now be read under Section 10.

Some updates have also been introduced in the Appendices; particularly Appendix H which informs futuristic changes as per the 18th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations and the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for 2015-16 Technical instructions that are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2015.