Labeling obligation

Mandatory labeling: essential for proper logistics

Both in logistics and in terms of internal logistics (intralogistics), proper and appropriate labeling of goods and merchandise is essential. The aim of labeling is to categorize products (coherently) and establish a system that helps to identify weak points. While labeling is therefore an organizational principle for internal warehousing, the labeling obligation goes one step further.

Example of dangerous goods: The regulations on risk minimization in the transport of dangerous goods, issued by the EU in 1986 as a binding legal basis and known as ADR, define dangerous goods. The principle: Hazardous substances or objects that potentially need to be handled with increased care are labeled.

These include:

  • Gases and gas mixtures
  • Toxic and infectious substances
  • Substances hazardous to water and the environment
  • Explosives, ammunition, fireworks
  • Radioactive and corrosive substances
  • Flammable liquids and solids

Important: The transportation of dangerous goods that are subject to mandatory labelling is also subject to numerous regulations and training courses. So-called ADR training is therefore necessary for truck drivers, for example, and covers the essential procedures for handling hazardous substances. The ADR provides for classification into a total of nine main classes, depending on flammability, toxicity and physical state.


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