Marking, Labelling and Placarding

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MARKING, LABELLING AND PLACARDING

Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2009 Edition, IAEA, TS-R-1, page 65 paragraph 528


528. For each package or overpack the UN number and proper shipping name shall be determined (see Table 1, page 22 above reference). In all cases of international transport of packages requiring competent authority design or shipment approval, for which different approval types apply in the different countries concerned by the shipment, the UN number, proper shipping name, categorization, labelling and marking shall be in accordance with the certificate of the country of origin of design.


Marking

529. Each package shall be legibly and durably marked on the outside of the packaging with an identification of either the consignor or consignee, or both.

530. Each package and overpack shall be legibly and durably marked on the outside with the UN marking as specified in Table 10. Additionally, each overpack shall be legibly and durably marked with the word “OVERPACK”.

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TABLE 10. UN MARKING FOR PACKAGES AND OVERPACKS


531. Each package of gross mass exceeding 50 kg shall have its permissible gross mass legibly and durably marked on the outside of the packaging.

532. Each package which conforms to:

(a) An IP-1, IP-2 or IP-3 design shall be legibly and durably marked on the outside of the packaging with “TYPE IP-1”, “TYPE IP-2” or “TYPE IP-3” as appropriate;

(b) A Ty p e A p a c k a g e design shall be legibly and durably marked on the outside of the packaging with “TYPE A”;

(c) An IP-2, IP-3 or a Type A package design shall be legibly and durably marked on the outside of the packaging with the international vehicle registration code (VRI code) of the country of origin of design and either the name of the manufacturer or other identification of the packaging specified by the competent authority of the country of origin of design

For more information see Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2009 Edition, IAEA, TS-R-1, page 67


Labelling

536. Each package, overpack and freight container shall bear the labels which conform to the models in Figs 2, 3 or 4, except as allowed under the alternative provisions of para. 541 for large freight containers and tanks, according to the appropriate category. In addition, each package, overpack and freight container containing fissile material, other than fissile material excepted under the provisions of para. 417, shall bear labels which conform to the model in Fig. 5. Any labels which do not relate to the contents shall be removed or covered. For radioactive material having other dangerous properties see para. 506.

537. The labels conforming to the models in Figs 2, 3 and 4 shall be affixed to two opposite sides of the outside of a package or overpack or on the outside of all four sides of a freight container or tank. The labels conforming to the model in Fig. 5, where applicable, shall be affixed adjacent to the labels conforming to the models in Figs 2, 3 and 4. The labels shall not cover the markings specified in paras 529–534.

Labelling


For more information see Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2009 Edition, IAEA, TS-R-1, page 69


Placarding

541. Large freight containers carrying packages other than excepted packages, and tanks, shall bear four placards which conform to the model given in Fig. 6. The placards shall be affixed in a vertical orientation to each side wall and to each end wall of the large freight container or tank. Any placards which do not relate to the contents shall be removed. Instead of using both labels and placards, it is permitted as an alternative to use enlarged labels only, where appropriate, as shown in Figs 2, 3, 4 and 5, except having the minimum size dimensions shown in Fig. 6.

Placards


542. Where the consignment in the freight container or tank is unpackaged LSA-I or SCO-I or where a consignment in a freight container is required to be shipped under exclusive use and is packaged radioactive material with a single UN number, the appropriate UN number for the consignment (see Table 1) shall also be displayed, in black digits not less than 65 mm high, either:

(a) In the lower half of the placard shown in Fig. 6 and against the white background; or

(b) On the placard shown in Fig. 7.

When the alternative given in (b) is used, the subsidiary placard shall be affixed immediately adjacent to the main placard, on all four sides of the freight container or tank.

For more information see Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2009 Edition, IAEA, TS-R-1, page 73


Some examples: Package Labels

Package labels, Courtesy Radsafe


Depending on the maximum radiation level at any point on the external surface, packages are assigned to the following categories:

I -WHITE not more than 5 µSv/h at the surface (transport index is 0).

II -YELLOW more than 5 µSv/h but not more than 500 µSv/h at the surface and less than 10 µSv/h at 1 m (transport index is > 0 but < 1).

III -YELLOW more than 500 µSv/h but not more than 2000 µSv/h at the surface and < 10µSv/h - 100 µSv/h at 1 m (transport index is > 1 but < 10).


The category is marked in red (I, II, or III) on the label. The number 7 on each laber refers to a United Nations Class number.

Note that when the TI less than 0.05, it can be set to 0 (IAEA TS-R-1 Table 9 item 527).

Also if the measured values are higher than the limits, possibilities are offered by the regulation, for exclusive use as well as states authorization to approve the transport.


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