Packaging of dangerous goods
Dangerous goods require special packaging built to meet special requirements. Depending on the nature of the hazardous material, the packaging units are assigned one of three packaging classes.
Among other factors, the classes are based on the defined minimum heights from which the packaging must survive a fall when packaged with dangerous goods. The testing is performed on the object in its entirety – that is, the hazardous material, primary packaging, transport packaging, padding material and closure materials are tested for their performance as a integrated unit.
Corrugated board must go through rigorous testing by a recognised external testing institute before it can be used for the transport of dangerous goods. Testing conducted in STI Group's own lab can be used to make exact advance preparations for the development and release process for dangerous goods packaging. This in turn significantly speeds up the approval process with the BAM (German Federal Agency for Material Research and Testing).
BAM-tested dangerous goods packaging
Berlin-based BAM awarded STI Corrugated GmbH certification as a manufacturer of packaging for dangerous goods.
BAM testing alone is not enough for products that could be dangerous to small children. Additional national and international laws apply to packaging that contains hazardous materials and hence must be childproof.
STI Group prepares the development and release process for the packaging of dangerous goods, which in turn speeds up the approval process. Additional norms apply for the packaging of dangerous goods as well, drawn from international treaties on dangerous goods and hazardous materials.