Transport of Dangerous Goods

Paint, and the products used to manufacturer paint can be considered dangerous in the wrong environments, e.g. we don't want them washing down rivers.

Because of this, the NZPMA pays special attention to ensure that all our members are aware of the rules and requirements for transporting goods around the country, and the world.

With this in mind, we need to keep up with the ever-changing requirements from the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

This is where being a member of the World Coatings Council is a major benefit to the NZPMA. We are too small an Association to be represented at the UN, however the WCC, adn some of their member Associations do attend, and we receive summaries of all the meetings so we know what changes may be heading 'Downunder'.

Below is a statement regarding Transport of Dangerous Goods from the WCC.

UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

In order to ensure consistency between the regulatory systems in every country and every mode for the transport of dangerous goods, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of transport conditions for all modes for transport (TDG). This harmonization occurs in the SubCommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG). The result of this effort is the UN Model Regulations, which is used by many countries as the basis of the country’s TDG regulations. The UN Model Regulations is currently in the 16th revision.

The UNSCETDG meets twice a year, in June and December, always in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider proposals from governmental and non-governmental delegations that will be incorporated into the UN Model Regulations.

In 2005, the World Coatings Council was granted Non-Governmental Organization status by the United Nations and is permitted to attend and participate in these meetings.

The World Coatings Council delegation includes the transport staff of CEPE and ACA. Participation in the council delegation to the UNSCETDG is open to those participating companies or country trade associations of the council.

During the last biennium, the two-year working period of the UNSCETDG, the World Coatings Council has submitted proposals, testified on other delegations’ proposals and participated in the working groups on a variety of papers, including:

  • Working Group on Explosives (nitrocellulose);
  • Informal working group on “chemicals under pressure”;
  • Informal working group on packing instructions;
  • The council’s proposal for a new UN entry for Class 9 paints;
  • Proposed changes to the use of Limited Quantities;
  • The council’s proposal for an exception to the requirement that closures be upright; among others.