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The Principle Changes to the 2015-2016 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO. Doc.9284)

The Technical Instructions have been amended to make them as up to date as possible and to clarify, where necessary, the intent of the requirements. Account has been taken of comments received from users throughout the world. This has resulted in numerous minor changes in all parts of the book.

 ≠ It is intended, for the time being, to continue issuing new versions of the Technical Instructions biennially. This is the fifteenth biennial edition of the Technical Instructions and it will be valid for two years, i.e. from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 or until such later time as a new edition becomes valid.

 ≠ The requirements have been amended so as to align them, as far as possible, with the Eighteenth Revised Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, as incorporated therein.

≠ The amendments include the following:

— revisions to general provisions including:

   — addition of new exceptions related to ice jam control and landslide clearance (1; c));

   — addition of new exceptions for lamps containing dangerous goods (1;2.6) and consequential revisions to Special Provision A69 (3;3);

   — addition of new definitions for Large salvage packagings, Management system for the transport of radioactive material, Neutron radiation detector, and Radiation detection system (1;3);

   — revision of definition for net quantity (1;3);

   — addition of flight operations office and flight dispatcher to Tables 1-4 and 1-5 and renumbering of categories of staff in Table 1-5 (1;4);

— revisions to classification criteria including:

   — clarification that articles are not assigned to packing groups (2;Introductory Chapter, 2.4);

   — alternative classification criteria for Division 5.1 (2;5.2);

   — addition of new exception for samples drawn in connection with tissue or organ transplantation (2;;

   — addition of new requirements for refrigerated or frozen specimens (2; e));

— revision to the exception for medical devices or equipment (2;;

   — addition of new entries in Table 3-1 including:

   — Refrigerant gas R 1113 (UN 1082);

   — Hay, Straw or Bhusa (UN 1327);

   — Fibres, animal or vegetable (UN 1372);

   — Fish scrap, unstabilized or Fish meal, unstabilized (UN 1374);

   — Wool waste, wet (UN 1387);

   — Rags, oily (UN 1856);

   — Textile waste, wet (UN 1857);

   — Fish meal, stabilized or Fish scrap, stabilized (UN 2216);

   — Fumigated cargo transport unit (UN 3359);

   — Fibres, vegetable, dry (UN 3360);

   — Batteries, nickel-metal hydride (UN 3496);

   — Krill meal (UN 3497);

   — Uranium hexafluoride, radioactive material, excepted package (UN 3507)

   — Capacitor, asymmetric (UN 3508);

   — Packagings discarded, empty, uncleaned (UN 3509);

— revisions to proper shipping names including:

   — replacement of Air bag inflators, Air bag modules and Seat-belt pretensioners with Safety devices, pyrotechnic (UN 0503)

   — replacement of Air bag inflators, Air bag modules and Seat-belt pretensioners with Safety devices    (UN 3268)

   — replacement of Blue asbestos and Brown asbestos with Asbestos, amphibole (UN 2212)

   — replacement of White asbestos with Asbestos, chrysotile (UN 2590);

— revisions to special provisions including:

   — Special Provisions A4 and A5: new requirement for special provision code to be noted on dangerous goods transport document;

   — Special Provision A18: removal of exception for mercurous chloride;

   — Special Provision A19: new requirement for fire extinguishers and new provisions for large fire  extinguishers;

   — Special Provision A28: revision to exception for Dichloroisocyanuric acid, dry (UN 2465) and

   Dichloroisocyanuric acid salts (UN 2465);

   — Special Provisions A32, A56 and A115: alignment with new proper shipping names for UN 0503 and UN 3268;

   — Special Provision A64: clarification that UN test series 2 applies;

   — Special Provision A75: new exception from pressure differential test and venting prohibition;

   — Special Provision A186: new transitional provisions for marking of energy storage capacity requirement    on electric double layer capacitors;

   — Special Provision A187: clarification that chemicals under pressure containing components forbidden for transport by air must not be transported by air;

   — Special Provision A190: revision to provisions for neutron radiation detectors containing non-pressurized boron trifluoride;

— addition of the following new special provisions:

   — Special Provision A192: use of paint related material or printing ink related material as a proper shipping name;

   — Special Provision A195: articles containing a small pressure receptacle with a release device;

   — Special Provision A196: new UN No. 3508, Capacitor, asymmetric;

   — Special Provision A197: exceptions for small quantities of environmentally hazardous substances;

   — Special Provision A198: exceptions for UN 1327, Hay or Straw or Bhusa when not wet, damp or contaminated;

   — Special Provision A199: exceptions for UN 3496, Batteries, nickel-metal hydride;

   — Special Provision A200: prohibition on the transport by air of UN 3509, Packagings discarded, empty, uncleaned;

   — Special Provision A201: provision for the transport of a consignment of UN 3090 — Lithium metal batteries on passenger aircraft (see revisions to lithium battery provisions listed below);

— revisions to marking and labelling requirements including:

   — clarification of the minimum dimensions and format of dangerous goods marks and labels (3;4, 3;5,    Packing Instructions 650 and 959, 5;2, 5;3; 6;2);

   — addition of minimum height requirement for salvage packaging and overpack marking (5;1.5 and    5;2.4.10);

— revisions to packing requirements including:

    — addition of provisions allowing for the use of supplemental packaging to provide additional protection (4;;

   — clarification of testing requirements for outer packagings in Packing Instructions 203 and Y203 (4;4);

   — new provisions for large fire extinguishers to be transported unpackaged in Packing Instruction 213 (4;4);

   — addition of provisions to allow for limited venting of oxygen in the case of specialized peroxyacetic acid packagings in Packing Instruction 570;

   — addition of references to general provisions for lithium batteries in Packing Instructions 950, 951 and 952 (4;11);

   — addition of requirements for life-saving appliances containing batteries in Packing Instruction 955 (4;11);

   — clarification of criteria for passing the drop test in Packing Instruction Y963 (4;11);

   — addition of new UN 3508, Capacitor, asymmetric to Packing Instruction 971 (4;11);

   — removal of provisions for overpacks containing dangerous goods permitted on cargo aircraft only (5;1.1 e));

— revisions to packaging marking and test requirements:

    — addition of provisions for marking on UN tested packagings to allow greater flexibility on how last two digits of the year of manufacture must be displayed (6;2.1.1);

   — addition of transition provisions for ISO Standards for the construction and testing of UN cylinders and closed cryogenic receptacles (6;5);

   — addition of hot water bath test alternatives for small receptacles containing gas and fuel cell cartridges    (6;5.4);

— revisions to operator responsibilities including:

    — guidance for operator acceptance staff in recognizing globally harmonized system GHS pictograms    (7;1.1.2);

   — removal of provisions for overpacks containing dangerous goods permitted on cargo aircraft only    (7;1.3.1);

   — timing of acceptance checks (7;1.3);

   — addition of requirement for information on unit load device identification tags to be legible and visible (7;2.8);

   — removal of segregation requirements for toxic and infectious substances (7;2.9);

   — removal of requirement for technical name to appear with the information to the pilot-in-command (7;4.1.1);

   — clarification of requirements for providing dangerous goods information to passengers (7;5.1);

   — update to indicative list of items with potential to include dangerous goods (7;6);

— revisions to provisions for radioactive material including:

   — radioactive material in the mail (1;2.3.2 c));

   — general provisions (1;6);

   — new provisions for uranium hexafluoride, radioactive material, excepted package (2; Introductory Chapter, 2;4.2, 2;7, Table 3-1 (UN 3507) (3;2), Special Provisions A193 and A194 (3;2), Packing Instruction 877);

   — new requirements criteria for fissile material (2;7);

   — revision to definitions for design, exclusive use and freight container (2;7.1.3);

   — revisions to provisions for determination of activity level (2;7.2.2);

   — revisions to exceptions for specimens of special form radiation that comprise or simulate radioactive material enclosed in a sealed capsule (2;;

   — revisions to criteria for classifying packages as excepted packages (2;7.2.4)

   — addition of new exception from “RADIOACTIVE” marking for UN 2911 — Radioactive material, excepted package — instruments (2;;

   — clarification of provisions for the transport of empty Type B(U) or Type B(M) packages (2;,    5; and 5;;

   — revisions to documentation and package marking requirements in Special Provision A78 (3;2);

   — revisions to packing requirements (4;9)

   — new requirements related to certificates issued by the competent authority (5;1.2.2);

   — new documentation requirements for excepted packages (5;1.2.4);

   — revisions to package testing requirements (6;7);

   — revisions to operator responsibilities (7;2.9);

— addition of new provisions for adsorbed gases including:

   — new definition (2;2.1.2 e));

   — new entries in Table 3-1 (UN Nos. 3510-3526) (3;2);

   — new Packing Instruction 219 (4;4);

   — new design, construction, inspection and testing requirements for UN cylinders (6;;

— revisions to lithium battery provisions including:

   — prohibition on transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft (Table 3-1, Special Provision A201 and Packing Instruction 968);

   — clarification of testing requirements for lithium batteries (2;9.3);

   — addition of requirement for a transport document in Section IB of Packing Instructions 965 and 968;

   — replacement of references to gross quantity limits with net quantity limits in Section IB of Packing Instructions 965 and 968 (4;11);

   — clarification of the limit on the number of batteries permitted in a package when packed with equipment (Packing Instructions 966 and 969 (4;11));

   — new requirement prohibiting sound or light alarms from devices during transport (Packing Instructions 967 and 970 (4;11);        

   — removal of redundancies from Packing Instructions 965 to 970 (4;11);

— revisions to list of dangerous goods permitted to be carried by passengers or crew (Table 8-1):

    — new provisions for medical devices other than radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers (Table 8-1, Item 4));

   — new provisions for portable medical electronic devices containing lithium batteries exceeding current limits (Table 8-1, Item 8));

   — expansion of provision for small cartridges fitted into a self-inflating life-jacket to include other types of self-inflating personal safety devices (Table 8-1, Item 18));

   — clarification to distinguish between devices containing batteries and spare batteries (Table 8-1, Item 19)).

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