UN ratings are very specific and with good reason but what if you have a container that doesn’t match your material, can you still use it? The answer is yes as long as you pick a packaging group higher than what your material requires. By using the Packaging Group Level Equivalent labels you will be able to decipher between the three groups of Great Danger, Medium Danger, and Minor Danger to see if you can switch up your packaging and still comply.
UN ratings can look difficult and intimidating but once broken up and explained they are quite easy to decipher between. The first sets of numbers are the Packaging Identification Code; the second are the Packing Group Level Equivalent and the third are the results of the required 5 Performance Tests. The Year of the Manufacturer, the Country and the Manufacturer Code are also included.
UN ratings are a set of standards developed by the United Nations in order to regulate the transportation of hazardous materials. The ratings reflect the containers ability to pass 5 Performance Tests simulating possible conditions of transportation and storage. It is the responsibility of the shipper to comply with the regulations in order to transport goods safely and efficiently across country lines.