2 MM LINE SCRAPPED
April 12, 2018
The requirement for the minimum width of the line on a hazard label to be 2 mm wide has been scrapped. This regulation which only appeared in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations has caused air shipments to be delayed at airports as, in theory, if the line on the label is less than 2 mm, this is a contravention of the regulations.
After shippers and others had complained vigorously that none of this has anything to do with the safety of the aircraft, passengers, crew or the wider environment, IATA have finally published a guidance note recommending that any issues surrounding the thickness of the line should be considered as a minor variation and not be a reason for holding a shipment. In the next edition of the UN Recommendations and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, references to a 2 mm line will be deleted. We have a guidance document which we can e-mail to you upon request, and we will cover this and the more important changes to all the dangerous goods regulations in our update seminars that begin in October 2018.
There is a more fundamental questions which is how can a group of experts ever have come up with such a pedantic ruling on the width of a line on a hazard label. This is perhaps a reflection that the regulations are largely written by bureaucrats, and the voice of practical people with real life experience of business is too rarely heard.