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6/7/2002

HOW DOES THE IMDG CODE* IDENTIFY WHICH PROPER SHIPPING NAMES REQUIRE THE ADDITION OF TECHNICAL NAMES?


In Column 6 of the IMDG Code Dangerous Goods List, Special Provision 274 identifies shipping names that must be supplemented with technical names. The technical names, when required, must be included on the package marks and shipping papers for vessel shipments. The technical names are necessary because generic shipping names and corresponding UN identification numbers do not provide adequate information for emergency response purposes. Recognized chemical names must be used for this requirement. Trade names are not acceptable. Generally, the two constituents that contribute most to the hazard should be shown. Sometimes there is only one constituent that contributes to the hazard so it must be shown. If a material has multiple hazards, technical names representing the primary and subsidiary hazard should be included. If a material is a marine pollutant, the chemical name of the marine pollutant is required. The technical name requirements are detailed in Chapter 3.1.2.8.1 of the IMDG Code.

*International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, issued by the International Maritime Organization