Dangerous Goods IBC Recertification
IBC's are recertified in accordance with Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail 7th Edition.
TMS are also accredited to the Australian Standard™: General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories AS ISO/IEC 17025-2005.
When using IBC's for the transportation of dangerous goods, certain requirements have to be followed. Below are useful and important excerpts from the “Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail 7th Edition.”
6.5.4 Testing, certification and inspection
126.96.36.199 Quality assurance: –the IBCs must be manufactured and tested under a quality assurance programme … in order to ensure that each manufactured IBC meets the requirements of this.
188.8.131.52 Test requirements: –IBCs must be subject to design type tests and, if applicable, to initial and periodic inspections and tests in accordance with 184.108.40.206.
220.127.116.11 Inspection and testing
18.104.22.168.1 Every metal, rigid plastics and composite IBCs must be inspected to the satisfaction of the competent authority:
Before it is put into service (including after remanufactured), and thereafter at intervals not exceeding five years, with regard to:
- Conformity to design type including marking;
- Internal and external condition;
- Proper functioning of service equipment;
At intervals of not more than two and a half years, with regard to:
- External condition;
- Proper functioning of service equipment; thermal insulation, if any, need be removed only to the extent necessary for a proper examination of the body of the IBC. Each IBC must correspond in all respects to its design type.
22.214.171.124.3 Method of testing and pressure to be applied
The test must be carried out for a period of at least 10 minutes using air at a gauge pressure of not less than 20 kPa (0.2 bar). The air tightness of the IBC must be determined by a suitable method such as by air-pressure differential test or by immersing the IBC in water or, for metal IBCs, by coating the seams and joints with a soap solution. In the latter case a correction factor must be applied for the hydrostatic pressure.
126.96.36.199.4 Criterion for passing the test
No leakage of air.
188.8.131.52 Restrictions on the reuse of plastics
For plastics drums and jerricans, rigid plastics IBCs and composite IBCs with plastics inner receptacles, unless otherwise exempted by the competent authority, the period of use permitted for the transport of dangerous substances is five years from the date of manufacture of the receptacles, except where a shorter period of use is prescribed because of the nature of the substance to be transported.