Mandatory labeling

Labeling obligation: essential for proper logistics

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

Example of dangerous goods: The regulations for minimizing risks 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 vigilance are thereby distinguished.

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 liquid and solid substances

Important: The transport of dangerous goods subject to mandatory labeling is also bound by numerous regulations and training. A so-called ADR training is therefore necessary, for example, for truck drivers, it addresses the essential behaviors in handling hazardous substances. The ADR provides for classification into a total of nine main classes, depending on flammability, toxicity and aggregate state.


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