What is a 4G code for packaging?
The designation “4G” is a dangerous goods packaging code used to alert shipping personnel that inside the cardboard container there is packaging which contains dangerous goods. While the fiberboard does provide limited protection for the inner packaging, its main use is simplify the ease of handling small containers such as cans, bottles, and jars.
What does 4G mean on a cardboard container?
The designation “4G” is a dangerous goods packaging code used to alert shipping personnel that inside the cardboard container there is packaging which contains dangerous goods.
What do the numbers mean in the packaging code?
(a) Identification codes for designating kinds of packagings consist of the following: (1) A numeral indicating the kind of packaging, as follows: (i) “1” means a drum . (ii) “2” means a wooden barrel . (iii) “3” means a jerrican . (iv) “4” means a box . (v) “5” means a bag . (vi) “6” means a composite packaging .
What does the letter “V” mean in packaging code 4G V?
However, when you add the letter “V” to the packaging code (4G V) this signifies a “Special Packaging”, UNRTDG regulations states one of the special packaging requirements relating to weight for “V” variants is, ‘the total combined gross mass of inner packagings shall not exceed one-half the gross mass of inner packaging used for the drop test’.
What is 4GV Packaging?
When you see the letter “V” on your UN specification packaging, it means variation. 4GV packaging, also known as variation 2 Packaging, is referenced in the 49CFR under 178.601 (g) (2) and the TP14850 in section 12.7. The main difference here is that the Inner components used in the 4GV box are allowed to change, as long as there is enough absorbent in the tested design to completely absorb the liquid contents being shipped, and it must contain a liner bag. The UN testing is more stringent on these designs as they are tested with fragile inner containers, such as glass, they are drop tested from a packing group I height, and in addition more weight is added to the tested package than what the UN spec code identifies. These boxes are suitable for a wide variety of inner containers such as glass, metal, and plastic of all different shapes and sizes. In addition, articles and solids such as lithium batteries are allowed to be shipped in these boxes. There are some stringent rules that must be followed here, such as whatever absorbent the closing instructions call for must be used as well as cushioning distances must be followed very closely ( click here to view my blog about cushioning distances ). For example, the 4GV box below was UN tested with grade 4 vermiculite as the absorbent with a liner bag, so this can be used with a wide variety of inner containers as long as vermiculite and liner bag is used in the manner it was tested with.
What is Right for You?
If you have a wide variety of inner containers, and want to use one universal packaging for all of them, then 4GV packaging is for you. Remember, by design, whether you are shipping solids or liquids, if you use 4GV packaging, you must use the type of absorbent and liner bag the box was UN tested with. Suppose you have only one type of inner container that you continuously ship out and don’t want to use absorbents. In that case, standard 4G packaging may be the way to go if it was specifically tested with your type of inner container. If you choose, you can always add a liner bag and/or absorbent to 4G designs if the regulations say they are a requirement or to make up void space when shipping your specific dangerous goods. If you have any questions about what packaging may be right for you, please contact us at 888-442-9628 (U.S.) or 888-977-4834 (Canada), and ask for one of our Regulatory Experts, or browse our wide variety of packaging products.
What is a 4G box?
When you see a 4G on the outside of your UN packaging, it essentially means it is a box (4), and it is made of fiberboard (corrugated) (G). 4G UN packaging is designed to fill a very specific need a dangerous goods shipper may have.
Can you change the inner components of a 4GV box?
The main difference here is that the Inner components used in the 4GV box are allowed to change, as long as there is enough absorbent in the tested design to completely absorb the liquid contents being shipped, and it must contain a liner bag.
Can you add a liner bag to 4G?
In that case, standard 4G packaging may be the way to go if it was specifically tested with your type of inner container. If you choose, you can always add a liner bag and/or absorbent to 4G designs if the regulations say they are a requirement or to make up void space when shipping your specific dangerous goods.
Who is Michael Zendano?
Michael Zendano started with ICC Compliance Center back in 2016 with several years in the packaging field as a Quality Control Manager. In addition, he has 8 years experience in teaching. Michael works at the Niagara Falls Office as the Regulatory Packaging Expert where he manages packaging projects and procedures and is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) and The Chemical Packaging Committee (CPC) . Degrees: M.S. Science of Education.
What is the purpose of cardboard boxes?
Cardboard also known as fiberboard is a common material used to make boxes for shipping things. When shipping hazardous materials the United Nations designates boxes is either “4G” or “4GV.”.
What does it mean when you put a 4G label on a cardboard box?
By placing the ”4G” label or markings on cardboard box the person doing so is legally certifying that the entire package, not just the cardboard box, meets all of the provisions of the United Nations 4G standard.
What is a 4G box?
So, the “4G” market a cardboard box means that the packaging is combination packaging comprised of a “outer packaging” that this case is the cardboard box and one or more units of “inner packaging” such as glass bottles.
What does "certified" mean in packaging?
This certification means that the packaging is fit for use in the transportation of dangerous goods.
Is 4GV a dangerous container?
Even though the packaging designated 4GV is certified for carrying dangerous goods it serves to alert everyone involved in the shipping process that the cardboard container is carrying material that potentially harmful and that care must be given and handling of this cargo no matter what type of transport is being used to get the package to the end-user.
Can you use cardboard boxes in shipping containers?
However, variation packaging, which is packaged using inner packaging, such as bottles, cans, jars, and smaller plastic containers is allowed by using a cardboard box that meets the United Nation’s specifications and the ISTA requirements for a broad number of inner shipping containers.
Can cardboard boxes be stamped with 4G?
Accordingly, manufacturers of cardboard boxes should not and cannot stamp their boxes with the United Nations 4G markings. Doing so is an abject violation of The International Code for Air Transport (ICAO) technical Instructions.
What Is 4GV / Variation 2 Packaging?
4GV/Variation 2 packaging are a form of 4G hazmat boxes that allow for the shipment of articles or inner packaging (inner containers) of any type , whether solids or liquids, versus regular UN packaging that is for either solids or liquids separately.
What is 4GV box?
More than just being a box, 4GV packaging is combination packaging made of an “outer packaging” (a durable corrugated cardboard box) and one or more units of “inner packaging” (such as glass jars, plastic jugs, or metal cans, all of which have UN 4GV packaging options here to properly transport).*
Why do you need hazmat boxes?
By UN compliant, it means that they successfully meet the United Nations’ and Department of Transportation’s regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods. This is done through a standardized marking system developed by the United Nations that indicates what type and how much of a material is allowable within a package. Adhering to it keeps not only your product materials secure, but also your customer trust, and thus, your business. Additionally, UN 4G compliant boxes reduce the risk of in-transit accidents and handle a variety of hazardous materials such as chemicals, infectious substances, radioactive materials, compressed gases, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, lithium batteries, and more.
What does a V in a 4GV packaging mean?
4GV/Variation 2 packaging’s rating style/order will look very similar to one of a regular UN 4G packaging, with the exception of a “V” in the packaging identification code right behind the “G” to signify it being “variation packaging.” The following diagram illustrates this:
Can you use a 4GV box for hazmat?
So, whether you use 4GV hazmat boxes or regular hazmat boxes for your hazmat packaging based on your specific needs, shipping situation, and product materials being shipped in the inner packaging, all UN compliant hazmat boxes will get the job done for you safely and compliantly. Keep your product, your customer trust, and your business secure.
What is transport worthiness test?
It is Transport Worthiness Test and the test involves drop test, leakage test, hydraulic test, rolling test, impact test, stack load test, and compression test. The testing agencies choose the testing and standard as per country norms; it depends on the packaging material.
What is UN packaging code?
UN Packaging Codes. It is prevalent in the packaging field of hazardous products that have UN packaging codes on the outer packaging for the export products. Domestically never used the UN packaging codes, but it requires the other countries to demand the product is suitable with the pack for the transport worthiness or not.
How long is a syringe good for?
Generally, it is 1year but can be extended up to 6months further.
What is UN testing?
UN packaging testing is basically for performance testing of the packaging material. The packaging testing agencies do the testing to find the withstand property of the content during transit.
What does the UN symbol mean?
UN Packaging symbol: the symbol indicates that items are being tested and qualified for all the performance parameters which is required for UN certification. After all the test has been passed, a UN number is given to the particular packaging consignment for the particular supplier for the product.
What is the packing group?
Packing Group: The packing group determines the degree of danger of a dangerous goods item, so the following UN specification packaging:
Can you pack as per your desire?
No, but the UN packaging certificate won’t allow you to pack as per your desire. The United nation has a booklet and specified all the details in that to choose the packaging material. The testing agency won’t check the packaging is appropriate or not, but it’s your responsibility to review the IMDG booklet specified all the details, including packaging material and volume.
What is gross mass?
Gross Mass for Solids – For single or composite packagings intended to contain solids or combination packagings for all materials , the mark will include the maximum gross mass (kilograms) that the package can weight when filled (packaging plus its contents).
What is a capital S in packaging?
Solids - For single or composite packagings intended to contain solids or combination packagings for all materials, the mark will include a capital "S".
What is the identification of the party who is certifying that the packaging meets all of the required testing?
The identification of the party who is certifying that the packaging meets all of the required testing must be included in the mark. This may be shown in the form of a name and address, symbol of the manufacturer, or code of the agency certifying compliance. If the symbol or code is used, both must be registered with PHMSA.
What does the UN symbol mean?
The UN in the circle indicates packaging has been UN tested and certified. The UN symbol can either be included with a lowercase "u" over a lowercase "n" in a circle or as an uppercase "UN".
What is the manufacturing country symbol?
Manufacture Location Country Symbol – The symbol of the country where the manufacturing took place must be listed in the mark. For packaging produced in the United States, the mark would show "USA".