Dangerous Goods Class 6 | Toxic and Infectious Substances

 Class 6 Hazardous Materials

Class 6 dangerous goods 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.

DG 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. 


DG 6.1
DG 6.1 Label

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.

DG 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. 


6.2 infectious substances


  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. 

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

Maged Saeed AL-Hadabi

Air Cargo / IATA Dangerous Goods | CGO, DGR, SMS Chief Instructor | Internal Auditor | DG Inspector linkedin

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