Truck and Track Winter 2019 64 DANGEROUS GOODS Dangerous goods are transported by all modes of transport and there are regulations that govern the methods and processes that must be followed for each. In Autumn’s issue of Truck and Track we focussed on the regulations for Road and Rail (ADR and RID respectively). Of course, nearly every shipment of dangerous goods (DG) will start its journey on the road but many, especially small or urgent consignments, will be carried by aircraft. It is now 100 years since the first commercial flight and 75 years since the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as Chicago Convention) was signed by 52 states – an amazing feat in 1944 considering that many of the signatory states were still under occupation. The event established the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization (later known simply as ICAO) and provided “the basic framework for the progressive, safe and orderly development of civil aviation on a global scale.” In 1947 ICAO became part of the family of UN organisations. Many international regulations have subsequently been drafted but it was not until 1st January 1984 that ICAO Annex 18, “The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air to the Chicago Convention” became applicable. Subsequently renamed the ICAO Technical Instructions, the TI is published every two years in line with the revisions to the other modes. ICAO has input from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when compiling the annexes to the Chicago Convention. IATA is the trade association of the world’s airlines and, whilst not all airlines are members, it defines many of the standards that apply industry-wide, particularly in the area of dangerous goods. Indeed, IATA first published their “Regulations relating to the carriage of restricted articles by air” back in 1956. These images are from the 1964, 9th Edition – the oldest that we could get our hands on. It was just 124 pages (now nearly 1,200!) and it came with a cover letter explaining the changes from the 8th Edition. New Year = New rules for air shipments As the 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations take effect, Richard Shreeve, Compliance Manager at Labeline International, highlights the importance of being kept up to date - and delves into the history of the DGR. Richard Shreeve Front Cover 1964 Early Hazard Labels Cargo Aircraft Only