Class 6 Hazardous Materials | Toxic and Infectious Substances

Class 6 Hazardous Materials | Toxic and Infectious Substances

Class 6 Hazardous Materials


Class 6 Hazardous Materials is divided into tow divisions, the first division is 6.1 toxic substances and the second division is 6.2 Infectious Substances.


In this article, you will learn hazmat class 6, its divisions, IMP codes, 6.1 hazmat placard, 6.2 hazmat placard and class 6 dangerous goods examples.



Hazmat Class 6 | Division 6.1 Toxic Substances 


Division 6.1 toxic substances are substances which are liable to cause death or injury or to harm human health if swallowed, inhaled or contacted by the skin. 


 IATA IMP CODE | RPB 


hazmat 6.1
Hazmat 6.1 Placard



Example:  - Nicotine , UN 1654  


 Are you smoker !! 


Note : 

Chemically unstable substances of hazmat division 6.1 are forbidden from transporting by air unless the necessary precautions have been taken to prevent the possibility of a dangerous decomposition or polymerization under normal air transport conditions.



Hazmat Class 6 | Division 6.2 Infectious Substances 


Division 6.2 infectious substances are substances which are known or are reasonably expected to contain pathogens. Pathogens are defined as micro-organisms (including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) and other agents such as prions, which can cause disease in humans or animals. 


 IATA IMP CODE | RIS 


6.2 infectious substances
Hazmat 6.2 Placard
  


Examples: 

  1.  Biological products such as Biological Substances , Category B , UN 3373.  
  2. Cultures  
  3.  Patient specimens  
  4.  Medical or clinical wastes 


Classification of Infectious Substances  

Infectious substances are divided into the following categories : 


Category A  


An infectious substances which is transported by air in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.  


Examples :   

  1.  UN 2184, infectious substances affecting humans ( such as Ebola virus, Monkeypox virus). 
  2.  UN 2900, infectious substances affecting animals. 
  3.  UN 3549 , Medical waste, Category A, affecting humans, or Medical waste, Category A, affecting animals. 


Category B  


An infectious substances which does not meet the criteria for inclusion in category A. Hazmat division 6.2 in category B must be assigned to UN3373, Biological Substances , Category B.  


Example :  

  1.  UN 3291, Biomedical waste, n.o.s. , Clinical waste, unspecified, n.o.s. or Medical waste, n.o.s. or Regulated medical waste, n.o.s.  
  2. UN 3373, Biological Substances ,( such as Category B Biological products). 


 Note : Infectious substances must be classified in hazmat division 6.1 and assigned to the above proper shipping names as appropriate. 


More Dangerous Goods Classes  

Class 1 Explosives  

Class 2 Gases  

Class 3 Flammable Liquids  

Class 4 Flammable solids; substances liable to spontaneous combustion; substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases  

5.1 Hazard Class | Oxidizers  

Class 7 Hazmat | Radioactive material  

Class 8 Hazmat | Corrosive substances  

Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods substances and articles, including environmentally hazardous substances 


See this video which will give you examples about Class 6 dangerous goods:



Maged Saeed AL-Hadabi

I’m Instructor / Maged Saeed Al-Hadabi. ​ Air Cargo / IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations / Safety Management System Senior Instructor, Auditor [ Yemen Airways] . Approved IATA DGR/ SMS Instructor by Yemen Civil Aviation Authority. We hope you find Aviation Professional website not only informative, but interesting and helpful as well. Leave your comment , thank you.

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