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Are They Dangerous Goods Or Hazardous Materials?

January 8th, 2002 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat

Taking global harmonization to another level, the hazardous materials community in the US is slowly converting the term ‘hazardous materials’ to the globally understood term of ‘dangerous goods.’ International cargo has always used the UN term ‘Dangerous Goods’ to refer to substances, or materials, which have been determined to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce, and has been so designated. This also includes hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, marine pollutants and materials with elevated temperatures as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations. Leading the way to harmonize this phrase, effective January 01, 2002, the former Hazardous Materials Advisory Council (HMAC) has officially changed their name to the DANGEROUS GOODS ADVISORY COUNCIL (DGAC). An international non-profit educational organization promoting regulatory compliance and safety in the transport of dangerous goods, DGAC offers dangerous goods guidance to hundreds of companies throughout the world. DGAC can be contacted with questions and for membership at www.dgac.org.

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