2017 Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List Now Effective

The 2017 edition of the Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code (EAC) List has been published. The new EAC List is effective immediately and will become mandatory on 1 July 2017, at which point the previous edition (2015) will no longer apply. The List is prepared by the UK’s National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), in cooperation with the UK Home Office, and is reviewed every two years. It is revised following a public consultation period and updated in accordance with the latest editions of RID and ADR. Emergency Action Codes (EACs), also known as Hazchem codes, are based on physical and chemical properties. They indicate the immediate actions that may be required by emergency services in the event of an incident. The EAC list addresses items listed by the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations 19th revised edition, excluding UN Class 1 (explosives). UN Class 7 radioactive materials are not assigned EACs. Dangerous Goods are listed both by UN Number and alphabetically by name. The list provides the EAC, Advice on Additional Personal Protection (APP), Hazards, and Hazard Identification Number (HIN). UK registered vehicles transporting dangerous goods by road or rail must display the UN number and applicable EACs when transporting within the UK. For international journeys, vehicle plates must also display applicable Hazard Identification Numbers (HINs). The 2017 edition of the Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List and a summary of key changes can be downloaded at: http://the-ncec.com/the-dangerous-goods-emergency-action-code-list-2017/

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