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We are specialists in dangerous goods packaging!

Some facts about dangerous goods

If your products are classified as dangerous goods, we can offer the right packaging solutions!

Substances that, due to their properties, could present a potential hazard to human health and the environment during transport, are classified as dangerous goods. National and international regulations apply for the transport of these goods to minimize the risk. These regulations provide a specific framework for the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous goods.


Depending on the type of transport, different regulations apply for the transport of dangerous goods. The following international regulations apply in addition to national legislation:

  • Roads: The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)
  • Railways: Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID)
  • Waterways: European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterway (ADN)
  • Maritime traffic: International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)
  • Air traffic: Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air ICAO-TI

Classes and packing groups

Dangerous substances are segmented into classes and assigned to packing groups depending on the level of risk.

  • Class 1: Explosive substances and articles with explosive substances
  • Class 2: Gases
  • Class 3: Flammable liquids
  • Class 4.1: Flammable solids
  • Class 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Class 4.3: Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
  • Class 5.1: Oxidising substances
  • Class 5.2: Organic peroxides
  • Class 6.1: Toxic substances
  • Class 6.2: Infectious substances
  • Class 7: Radioactive material
  • Class 8: Corrosive substances
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and products
Packing groups (=PG)
  • PG I: Substances with high danger
  • PG II: Substances with medium danger
  • PG III: Substances with low danger

Labelling / coding

Packaging approved for dangerous goods must be labelled accordingly. The label indicates that the packaging meets national and international requirements and has passed the required tests.

Description of labels UN 1A2 Y /100/ .. / A / PA 02 /1234/XXX

UNSymbol for labelling UN-approved packaging (RID, ADR also possible)
1Packaging type (1 = barrel, 3 = canister, 0 = light gauge metal packaging)
AMaterial type (A = steel, G = fibreboard, H = plastic material)
2Code for removable lid (1 = non-removable lid)
YPacking group (X = PG I, Y = PG II, Z = PG III)

Specification of the density for liquid substances

Specification of the steam pressure with which the packaging is tested (in kPa)

Maximum gross mass for solid substances (in kg) with suffix "S" for solid

..Year of manufacture
AAbbreviated name of the country in which the approval was granted
PA-02Abbreviation of the competent approval authority
1234Approval number of the competent approval authority
XXXAbbreviation of the manufacturer

Packaging for dangerous goods

Packaging used for transporting dangerous goods must have a corresponding approval. In order to obtain this approval, the packaging must pass internal and external testing before it is used.

As a manufacturer of dangerous goods packaging, we must provide proof that the packaging solution has passed the following tests:

  • Leak test
  • Drop test
  • Internal pressure test

Our dangerous goods packaging meets the stringent test regulations in accordance with UN and RID/ADR.

What the Pirlo Group has to offer in the field of dangerous goods

We are your competent partner and are ready to provide support in the safe and proper packing of your dangerous materials.

Packaging made from tinplate is particularly suitable for the transport and storage of dangerous goods. It is UV resistant, impermeable and durable. Our product range for dangerous goods includes metal packaging for filling volumes of between 160 ml and 3 litres.

Dangerous goods configurator - Our expert system for you

1,721 goods classified as hazardous *, 9 classes, 3 packing categories - our hazardous goods configurator is available to help you keep track of specifications and to find the right type of packaging. This configurator assists you in determining the correct classification for your product and in finding the right packaging solution “made by Pirlo”. With just a few clicks, you can enter the hazardous ingredients of your product, the desired filling volume and the packing category, and the configurator will provide you with the packaging solution appropriate for safe transport.

*Total number of liquid/solid hazardous goods that can be packed in metal packaging

Our packaging experts will then take care of your request.

We will ensure the safety of the packaging solution for you

You are on the safe side with our metal packaging. From the drop test to the internal pressure test and approvals from external authorities - the Pirlo Group's hazardous goods packaging complies with the regulations in accordance with the UN.

Take advantage of our dangerous goods configurator to find the suitable packaging solution for your hazardous materials!

You have further questions regarding dangerous goods packaging? Our packaging experts will be glad to advise you!