BIS issues Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods in India
On March 6, 2023, the Indian government issued the guidelines ‘IS 18149:2023— Transportation of Dangerous Goods—Guidelines’, which have been formulated under the Transport Services Sectional Committee, SSD 01, of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
The aim of the Guidelines is to standardize the transportation practices and to ensure safety when transporting of dangerous goods and hazardous goods that pose threat to the public safety, properties and environment. The Guidelines provide detailed precautions which are to be taken for packaging, handling and transportation of the hazardous goods. They apply to all stakeholders including vehicle owners, transport agencies, contractors, consignors, consignees, operators, and drivers.
The BIS has provided guidelines on classification, packaging, labelling and marking, handling, documentation, role of stakeholders, training, transportation, emergency action, and provisions for segregation.
The dangerous goods referred in the standard include explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances and organic peroxides, poisonous and infectious substances, radioactive substances, corrosive substances and other miscellaneous dangerous substances.