Acronyms and Glossary

Navigating the complex world of hazardous materials (hazmat) and dangerous goods transportation involves understanding a myriad of acronyms

TestThese abbreviations are critical for professionals in the industry to ensure compliance with regulations, safety procedures, and documentation requirements. Here’s a list of commonly used hazmat/dangerous goods relevant acronyms:

ADR/RID European Road/Rail Conventions (govern ground transport of dangerous goods throughout Europe)
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COEUnited Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
DGDangerous Goods
DGDDangerous Goods Declaration
DGRIATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
DOTDepartment of Transportation (United States)
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
GHSGlobally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
HAZMATHazardous Materials
HMRHazardous Materials Regulations (a portion of 49 CFR, it governs commercial transportation of hazardous materials by all modes within US jurisdiction, promulgated by PHMSA)
IAEAInternational Atomic Energy Agency
IATAInternational Air Transport Association
ICAOInternational Civil Aviation Organization
IMDG CodeInternational Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
IMOInternational Maritime Organization
MSDS/SDSMaterial Safety Data Sheet / Safety Data Sheet
NFPANational Fire Protection Association
OSHAOccupational Safety and Health Administration
PGPacking Group
PIPacking Instruction
RIDRegulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail
TDGTransportation of Dangerous Goods (Canada)
UNUnited Nations
UN NumberUnited Nations Number (a four digit number)