Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods

The Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code1 , defines 9 primary classes of Dangerous Goods and 16 subclassifications. The nine primary classes of dangerous goods include; (1) Explosives, (2) Gases, (3) Flammable Liquids, (4) Flammable Solids, (5) Oxidising Substances, (6) Toxic and Infectious Substances, (7) Radioactive Material, (8) Corrosive substances and (9) Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles including environmentally hazardous substances.

Class 1: Explosives

  • Division 1.1: Substances and articles which have a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.2: Substances and articles which have a projection hazard but not a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.3: Substances and articles which have a fire hazard and either a minor blast hazard or a minor projection hazard or both, but not a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.4: Substances and articles which present no significant hazard
  • Division 1.5: Very insensitive substances which have a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.6: Extremely insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard

Class 2: Gases

  • Division 2.1: Flammable gases
  • Division 2.2: Non-flammable, non-toxic gases
  • Division 2.3: Toxic gases

Class 3: Flammable liquids

Class 4: Flammable solids

This includes substances liable to spontaneous combustion; substances which, on contact with water, emit flammable gases

  • Division 4.1: Flammable solids, self-reactive substances, solid desensitised explosives and polymerizing substances
  • Division 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Division 4.3: Substances which in contact with water emit flammable gases

Class 5: Oxidising substances, organic peroxides

  • Division 5.1: Oxidising substances
  • Division 5.2: Organic peroxides

Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances

  • Division 6.1: Toxic substances
  • Division 6.2: Infectious substances

Class 7: Radioactive material

Class 8: Corrosive substances

Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles including environmentally hazardous substances

Disclaimer

In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.