United Nations Transportation of Dangerous Goods

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The IME is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) participating in the development of recommendations for international regulations at the United Nations.  The institute is represented on the UN Sub-committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and the UN Sub-committee on the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). 

UN Program Description

IME's UN program is managed by its UN Safety Consultant and overseen by the IME Board of Governors' UN Committee.  In addition to participation on the UN's TDG and GHS Sub-committees, IME furthers its UN-related work by actively participating in the TDG's Working Group on Explosives and other international fora.  The work of these two UN Sub-committees becomes the worldwide standard for development of:

  • Transport of dangerous goods (HAZMAT) regulations
  • Workplace handling of dangerous goods regulations
  • Hazard communications regulations
  • Standardized testing for classification of dangerous goods, including explosives

The work of the two UN Sub-committees is published in three documents and ultimately finds its way into the regulations promulgated by US DOT, OSHA, MSHA, ATF, EPA, and others.  The three UN documents developed by these sub-committees are:

  • UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (Model Regulations)
  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • UN Manual of Tests and Criteria

These 3 documents may be accessed by clicking the [ Publications ] link at the top of this page.

PowerPoint presentation describing the IME's UN Program -- updated 12/20/2019

UN Program Content

  • What's New? -- use this page to determine what's new since you last visited the website (updated 5/25/2022)
  • Calendar -- provides a listing of the UN-related meeting for the current calendar year, including links to meeting announcements, reports, etc. (updated 5/16/2022)
  • Sessions* -- provides information about the current year's sessions of the UN TDG and GHS sub-committee meetings (updated 5/25/2022)
  • Sessions/Archives* -- provides information about past sessions of the UN TDG and GHS sub-committee meetings (updated 3/10/2022)
  • Publications -- allows quick access to the official documents of the ECOSOC and UNECE bodies, including the TDG's Model Regulation, the TDG Test Manual, GHS, ADR and ADN. (updated 10/14/2021)
  • Links -- provides links to IME and other UN-related sites
  • Projects* --  provides access to documents related to IME participation in various UN projects (updated 2/24/2021)
  • Reports* -- provides access to the reports available under the UN Consulting Program (udated 5/5/2022)

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UN Program Guidelines (updated 12/20/2019)

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