What is a placard load?

A placard load is a quantity of dangerous goods being transported that requires placards to be displayed on the portable tank, bulk container, freight container or vehicle. Placards advise other vehicles on the road or passers-by that dangerous goods are being transported.

When placard loads of dangerous goods are being transported, controls such as placarding, safety equipment, stowage and segregation requirements apply to ensure the driver, the stability of the dangerous goods and the environment are protected.

Placard load amounts

The term ‘placard load’ is used in dangerous goods transport legislation and the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code).

Smaller quantities

In the case of smaller receptacles of up to 500 litres in capacity and containing up to 500 kilograms of dangerous goods, a placard load is

  • if there are any category A, division 6.2 dangerous goods (infectious substances) in the load
  • if there are 10 litres per kilogram or more of category B, division 6.2 dangerous goods (infectious substances) in the load
  • if there are any division 2.1 (flammable gases except aerosols), division 2.3 (toxic gases) or packing group I substances in a load and the total quantity of all dangerous goods is 250 litres per kilogram or more
  • if none of the above apply, if there are more than 1,000 litres per kilogram of dangerous goods in a load.

This replaces the previous 'packaged' dangerous goods transport provisions.

Larger quantities

In the case of larger receptacles with more than a 500-litre capacity or containing more than 500 kilograms of dangerous goods, when either or both are transported.

This replaces the previous 'bulk' dangerous goods transport provisions.

Exceptions

The above regulations do not apply to

  • retail distribution loads complying with the ADG Code 7.3
  • fumigated units that do not contain other dangerous goods.
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