Regulations Regarding Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail
I. General Provision
1. This Regulation prescribes:
1.1. the procedures by which the provisions for carriage of dangerous goods provided for in international agreements binding to the Republic of Latvia shall be applied to domestic carriage by rail;
1.2. the classification of dangerous goods and dangerous goods which are allowed to be carried by rail;
1.3. the procedures by which wagons and containers shall be prepared for carriage of dangerous goods;
1.4. the procedures for drawing up the consignment note;
1.5. the procedures for accepting and handing over the dangerous goods.
II. Procedures by which the Provisions for Carriage of Dangerous Goods Provided for in International Agreements Binding to the Republic of Latvia shall be Applied to Domestic Carriage by Rail
2. The following international agreements which govern carriage of dangerous goods binding to the Republic of Latvia shall be applied to domestic carriage by rail:
2.1. the conditions of Annex to Appendix C, Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail, to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) (hereinafter - the RID Regulations);
2.2. the conditions of Appendix 2, Rules for Carriage of Dangerous Goods, to the Agreement on International Goods Transport by Rail (SMGS) in respect of the types of consignments and permissible wagons (containers), carriage of goods accompanied by attendants, additional notices to be written in the consignment note and provision of additional safety measures in carriages of dangerous goods (hereinafter - Annex 2 to SMGS).
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III. Classification of Dangerous Goods and Dangerous Goods which are Allowed to be Carried by Rail
9. Dangerous goods are divided in the following classes:
9.1. explosives substances and articles - Class 1;
9.2. gases - Class 2;
9.3. flammable liquids - Class 3;
9.4. flammable solids and materials - Class 4.1;
9.5. substances which can ignite spontaneously - Class 4.2;
9.6. substances which in contact with water emit flammable gases - Class 4.3;
9.7. oxidising substances - Class 5.1;
9.8. organic peroxides - Class 5.2;
9.9. toxic substances - Class 6.1;
9.10. infectious substances - Class 6.2;
9.11. radioactive materials - Class 7;
9.12. corrosive substances - Class 8;
9.13. other dangerous substances and articles - Class 9.
10. Carriage of such dangerous goods shall be allowed by rail which are allowed to be carried in accordance with the RID Regulations.
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IV. Preparation of Wagons and Containers for Carriage of Dangerous Goods
12. When preparing wagons and containers for carriage of dangerous goods, Cabinet Regulation No. 506 of 4 November 2002, Regulations Regarding Acceptance of Goods for Carriage by Rail, and also the requirements of Chapters II and IV of this Regulation shall be conformed to.
13. If it is intended to carry dangerous goods in a universal container, containers with a metal housing shall be used for their carriage.
14. Before loading dangerous goods in a wagon a consignor shall submit a written application to the carrier on technical maintenance of the private wagon or wagon leased by the carrier. The carrier shall determine the suitability of the wagon indicated in the application for carriage of dangerous goods by inspecting the running gears, pairs of wheels, axle box assemblies, frame, brake and draw-and-buffer gear.
15. A consignor shall determine the technical condition and suitability of the body of a private wagon or wagon leased by the carrier (floors, walls, casing, roof, doors, hatch covers, fittings, and equipment) and the private container for carriage of the particular dangerous goods, and also ascertain that the hatch covers of the container fit closely and wagon or container is cleaned in conformity with the requirements for carriage of the particular dangerous goods.
16. A consignor shall be liable for the consequences caused by fittings and equipment of a specialised private wagon, wagon leased by a carrier or tank-container if it has not been in a condition of technical use.
17. A carrier shall provide wagons for loading of dangerous goods for domestic carriage by rail the planned repair of which is intended at least after 15 days, but for international carriage by rail - the wagons the repair of which is intended at least after 30 days.
18. An emergency card number shall be indicated on wagons and containers in accordance with Annex 2 to SMGS. If a wagon is in the same colour as the background of the placard or plate on which the hazard identification code (hereinafter - the orange plate) and the United Nations Organisation (hereinafter - the UN) number are provided as specified in RID Regulations, the consignor shall draw a 30 mm wide white strip around the edges of the affixed placard or orange plate.
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19. Placards shall be painted or affixed:
19.1. on covered wagons - in the middle of doors on both sides of the wagon;
19.2. on containers and tank-containers - under the container number on the side walls and on both ends.
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23. It shall not be allowed to use wagons which have transition areas and hand brakes (parking brakes), except for the cases when the goods are carried accompanied by security guard ensured by the carrier, for carriage of Class 1 dangerous goods. Class 1 dangerous goods shall be loaded in wagons which are equipped with brake blocks of composite material the thickness of which is at least 30 mm.
24. A carrier shall make the relevant entries in a log-book the sample of which is determined by the manager of public use railway infrastructure on the technical inspection of the wagon and its suitability for carriage of Class 1 dangerous goods by indicating also the data on switching on or off the automatic brakes, the date and place of the last repair, and certify it with a signature.
25. Before loading Class 1 dangerous goods the consignor shall:
25.1. close side and roof hatches of the wagon and fix the roof hatches with a wire and lath from inside according to the technical regulations for loading and fixing;
25.2. according to the procedures stipulated by the manager of public use railway infrastructure, close the gaps on the openings of doors and hatches of covered wagons (containers) and rifts of wagons (containers) with sulphate pulp (using liquid glass), wooden laths (using felt gaskets) or glass fabric and fireproof glue.
26. Before provision of wagons for loading of such Class 1 dangerous goods during carriage of which it is necessary to turn off the automatic brakes of wagons, a carrier shall close the main brake disconnection valve of the wagon, fix it with a wire, and seal it.
27. If during shunting operations the automatic brakes of wagons must be turned on at a station and access roads, they shall be turned off after including the wagons in the composition of the train and turning on the automatic brakes of the train in respect of the wagons in which such Class 1 dangerous goods are loaded during carriage of which the automatic brakes of wagons must be turned off. The automatic brakes of wagons which have arrived at a station shall be turned on before splitting the wagons from the train. It is specified in the technical action deed of a station referred to in Cabinet Regulation No. 148 of 27 April 1999, Regulations for Technical Exploitation of Railway, whether automatic brakes of wagons are to be turned off, when performing shunting operation at the relevant station and access roads.
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30. Specialised wagons which are intended for carriage of Class 1 dangerous goods shall be equipped with devices for fixing goods in conformity with the requirements developed by the consignor In respect of specialised empty wagons the consignor shall seal the doors and affix twisted sealing wires on them. If hatches are equipped with devices for affixing the seals, they shall also be sealed and twisted sealing wires shall be affixed on them. Specialised wagons may be used only in conformity with the stencil inscription on the wagon.
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V. Procedures for Drawing up the Consignment Note
33. When drawing up the consignment note for carriage of dangerous goods by rail, Cabinet Regulation No. 533 of 18 December 2001, Regulations Regarding the Procedures for Completing the Consignment Note for Carriage by Rail, the RID Regulations, Annex 2 to SMGS and the requirements of this Chapter shall be conformed to.
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34. A consignor shall write the letters "AK" [EC] in the column "Kravas nosaukums" [Name of the goods] in addition to the entries indicated in the RID Regulations and provide emergency card (EC) number in accordance with Annex 2 to SMGS. If the emergency card is not indicated for dangerous goods to be carried in Annex 2 to SMGS, the consignor shall make an entry "AK pievienota" [HC attached] in the column "Kravas nosaukums" [Name of the goods] and append the emergency card developed by himself or herself to the consignment note.
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35. A consignor shall write additional notes intended for the relevant dangerous goods in the relevant column of the consignment note in accordance with Annex 2 to SMGS. A carrier shall write the same notes also on the wagon sheet.
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36. A carrier shall determine the notes on minimum cover norms of wagons for Class 1 dangerous goods in conformity with the laws and regulations governing train movement and shunting operations. The carrier shall co-ordinate the additional notes to be written on the consignment note with the manager of public use railway infrastructure. The consignor shall write the notes specified by the carrier in the relevant column of the consignment note.
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37. When sending empty uncleaned means of carriage (packagings, containers, wagons), a consignor shall write the information on the consignment note in conformity with the RID Regulations and supplement it with the additional notes indicated in Annex 2 to SMGS.
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43. If the security guard of the goods is ensured by a consignor or consignee in the case provided for in Paragraph 75 of this Regulation, the consignor shall indicate the given name, surname, and also personal identity number of the relevant persons for domestic carriage and passport number for international carriage in the column "Kravas nosaukums" [Name of the goods] of the consignment note. The consignor shall write the note "Ar krāsns apkuri" [With furnace heating] in the column "Kravas nosaukums" [Name of the goods] if there are furnace heating devices in the wagons in which the relevant persons are travelling.
44. The note "Ar krāsns apkuri" [With furnace heating] shall not be written in the case provided for in Paragraph 76 of this Regulation.
VI. Acceptance and Issue of Dangerous Goods
45. When accepting dangerous goods for carriage and issuing them, Cabinet Regulation No. 506 of 4 November 2002, Regulations Regarding Acceptance of Goods for Carriage by Rail, Cabinet Regulation No. 158 of 8 April 2003, Regulations Regarding Issue of Goods, and the requirements laid down in Chapters II and VI of this Regulation shall be conformed to.
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46. The dangerous goods to be carried in wagon shipments shall be accepted and issued on access roads, dangerous goods to be carried in part-load shipments and container shipments - at the shared sites and access roads of stations.
47. The dangerous goods to be carried in wagon shipments in universal wagons (except for Class 1 dangerous goods) may be accepted and issued at the shared sites of stations (by co-ordinating it with the manager of public use railway infrastructure) if loading of goods takes place directly from the automobile into the wagon and unloading - from the wagon into the automobile and if the relevant safety measures are taken.
48. It shall not be allowed to submit dangerous goods for carriage in such types of shipment and wagons which are not provided for in Annex 2 to SMGS. The manager of public use railway infrastructure shall determine those dangerous goods which are to be carried in specialised wagons (regardless of their belonging), and also in what cases and what colour the specialised wagons are to be painted and what stencil inscriptions are to be provided on them.
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50. A consignee shall immediately accept the wagons arrived and loaded with dangerous goods from the station at the access road.
51. A consignee shall bring out the dangerous goods in part-load shipments and containers in which dangerous goods are loaded from the station within 24 hours since the time when a notification of arrival of the goods has been received.
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56. If liquid dangerous goods are transferred for carriage in wagon shipments, the consignor shall load also empty packaging in wagons (not less than 1% of the places of goods).
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63. If a specialised wagon for carriage of dangerous goods is sent for repair, the consignor, manager or lessee of the wagon shall ensure its washing and neutralisation (disinfection, degassing) before sending. A written confirmation on treatment of the wagon shall be added to the consignment note. The abovementioned confirmation shall be issued by the commercial company which has received a relevant licence and carried out the treatment of the wagon, or by the consignor, manager or lessee of wagons if the relevant licence is not necessary for the treatment of the wagon in accordance with laws and regulations.
64. A carrier shall carry out a technical inspection of the containers arrived by a water transport or loaded in double operations, when accepting them for carriage.
65. If the time period of lease has expired for a specialised wagon for the carriage of dangerous goods, a lessee shall ensure cleaning, washing, and neutralisation (disinfection, degassing) thereof, and also remove or paint out stencil inscription. The lessee shall submit to the carrier a written confirmation on the treatment of wagons which has been issued by the commercial company which has obtained a relevant licence and carried out treatment of wagons, or the treatment of wagons is certified by himself or herself in writing and a certification is submitted to the carrier if the relevant licence for treatment of wagons is not necessary in accordance with laws and regulations.
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72. Upon loading the dangerous goods placed in barrels, cans or containers in several layers in a wagon, the consignor shall place boards the thickness of which is at least 20 mm between the layers in the required quantity to ensure stability of stacks of goods and to protect the packaging from damages.
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75. Wagons with Class 1 dangerous goods shall be permanently guarded by armed security guards ensured by the consignor, consignee or carrier during their movement and stopping. The security guard ensured by the consignor or consignee shall be placed in a separate wagon which is suitable for carriage of persons and service animals, and other persons are not allowed to travel in it, except for the attendants accompanying carriage of goods.
76. If Class 1 dangerous goods are carried in a specialised all-metal wagon in which a compartment for attendants and security guard ensured by the consignor or consignee is intended, the abovementioned persons may travel in one wagon with goods. The compartment shall be equipped with heating devices which prevent from entering the sparks in the atmosphere or which close automatically as soon as damage to the electric heating occurs, and also with fire-extinguishing means. The consignor or consignee shall co-ordinate the construction of the heating devices and place for their installation with the carrier. The consignor shall check the presence and validity of the devices before loading goods.
77. If a specialised wagon for carriage of Class 1 dangerous goods is equipped with electrical equipment, they shall be explosion-proof.
78. A carrier shall determine those Class 1 dangerous goods which shall be carried accompanied by armed security guards of the carrier.
79. Class 1 dangerous goods may be accepted for carriage in an open rolling stock if it is permitted in the technical documentation of the relevant production and the consignor has co-ordinated it with the manager of public use railway infrastructure.
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81. Class 1 dangerous goods shall not be accepted for carriage in part-load shipments and universal containers of the carrier.
82. Drawings of the placement of Class 1 dangerous goods and fixing thereof on an open rolling stock, covered wagons, and containers shall be developed by the consignor in conformity with the technical provisions for loading and fixing the goods. The drawings shall be approved according to the procedures specified by the manager of public use railway infrastructure. The drawings of the placement and fixing the goods on an open rolling stock shall be kept by the carrier in one copy. The drawings of the placement and fixing the goods on covered wagons or containers shall remain with the consignor, and the carrier is entitled to request to present them.
83. When developing the drawings for the placement and fixing Class 1 dangerous goods in wagons and containers, the instructions on the number of places of goods and methods for the placement (if they are provided in the technical documentation of the goods) shall be taken into account, and also the following requirements shall be conformed to:
83.1. the places of the goods are to be evenly distributed over the entire wagon tightly to each other;
83.2. the boxes and barrels are to be placed in a wagon so as the lids of the boxes and taps of the barrels are in upward direction;
83.3. the ammunition is to be placed in the wagons so as the longitudinal axis of the article is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the wagon. If it is not possible due to the sizes of ammunition, the ammunition shall be placed in wagons so as the longitudinal axis of the article would be parallel to the longitudinal axis of the wagon;
83.4. the places of goods which are easier to be mechanically deformed shall be distributed in the wagon so as they are loaded as the last and unloaded as the first;
83.5. the door frames of covered wagons shall be barred with wooden shields in the height of the stacks of goods.
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85. A consignor shall place Class 1 dangerous goods and fix them in the packing so as to prevent their movement in the packing, but the transport package shall be formed so as to prevent movement of the units of goods in the package. The consignor shall be responsible for the correctness of the packaging and labelling of the places of goods.
86. Class 1 dangerous goods which are carried accompanied by the security guard ensured by the carrier, the security guard ensured by the consignor shall guard until the time when the loaded wagon is transferred to the carrier, but the security guard ensured by the consignee - from the time when the wagon arrived is accepted for unloading from the carrier.
87. Class 1 dangerous goods which are carried accompanied by the security guard ensured by the carrier shall be guarded by the abovementioned security guard from the time when the load is accepted for carriage until transfer of the load to the consignee. The security guard of the goods ensured by the carrier shall be started and ended at the points of acceptance and transfer of wagons which are specified in the agreement on provision and removal of wagons.
88. The consignor shall develop instructions on the action of the security guard ensured by the consignor or consignee during carriage of Class 1 dangerous goods (including action while on wagons and railways, emergency situations, and in the cases if loaded wagons are uncoupled on the road, and also on labour protection and fire safety measures and admission of employees of the carrier to the wagons to be guarded in order to perform technical maintenance, commercial inspection, repair, and shunting operations). The consignor shall acquaint the relevant persons with the instructions.
89. A consignor shall issue personal protection, first aid provision, fire-extinguishing and signalling means, and also electronic battery powered flashes to the security guard ensured by the consignor or consignee.
90. A consignor shall acquaint the security guard ensured by the consignor or consignee with signals specified for the railway transport and use thereof when it is necessary to immediately stop the train.
91. The damaged wagons loaded with Class 1 dangerous goods which are provided on railways for repair or re-loading shall be guarded by the security guard ensured by the consignor, consignee, or carrier.
92. If a wagon for which the consignor or consignee has failed to ensure the security guard for Class 1 dangerous goods is detected at the station, the carrier shall immediately ensure the security guard for the goods.
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94. A consignor shall seal the wagon after loading Class 1 dangerous goods only after having ascertained that the goods have been placed and fixed in conformity with the drawing of placement and fixing the goods.
95. A carrier shall immediately notify the consignee of arrival of Class 1 dangerous goods at the destination station and, when the consignee has completed the receipt of the goods, shall immediately notify the time when the wagons will be supplied for unloading.
96. A consignee has the following obligations:
96.1. to accept wagons in which Class 1 dangerous goods are loaded and which are to be supplied on the access road not later than two hours after arrival of wagons at the station;
96.2. to prepare, in a timely manner, the means of unloading and the place where Class 1 dangerous goods are to be unloaded from the wagon;
96.3. if loading, unloading, or re-loading of Class 1 dangerous goods is intended on the access road concurrently at several places, to distribute them one from another at least in the distance of 125 m.
97. Fire safety laws and regulations shall be conformed to during loading and unloading works.
98. The consignor and consignee shall ensure fire extinguishing means at the loading and unloading points depending on the properties of the particular Class 1 dangerous goods and the information indicated on the emergency card.
99. When loading and unloading Class 1 dangerous goods, unauthorised persons and also large quantity of the goods shall not be allowed to be present next to the wagons.
100. Automobiles with which Class 1 dangerous goods are brought in or out may not be closer than 25 m from the wagon, except for the time period when the goods are being loaded from the automobile into the wagon or unloaded from the wagon into the automobile. Automobile loaders for the operation of which internal combustion engines are used shall be equipped with fire extinguishers and spark dampers, and also a special shield shall be attached above exhaust pipes. It is prohibited to load and unload goods with autocranes which do not have spark dampers, and with electric cranes which do not have earthing.
101. During shunting operations with wagons in which Class 1 dangerous goods are loaded the use of locomotives is prohibited without spark dampers in a condition of technical use.
102. When loading and unloading Class 1 dangerous goods, and also when servicing or repairing the wagon in which they are loaded, open fire or flame and use of kerosene or candle lanterns, gas welding, and electric welding are prohibited.
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112. If goods for which label No. 6.1, 6.2, 8 or 9 is indicated in the consignment note are unloaded from wagons of a carrier or foreign railway wagons (except for goods with UN numbers 2990, 3072, 3090, 3091, 3268), the consignee shall, when handing over the abovementioned wagons to the carrier, submit to him or her a written confirmation on the treatment of wagons which is issued by the commercial company which has obtained a relevant licence and carried out treatment of wagons, or treatment of wagons is certified in writing by the consignee himself or herself and the certification is submitted to the carrier if the relevant licence for the treatment of wagons is not necessary in accordance with laws and regulations. The certification need not be submitted if, upon request of the consignee, unloading has occurred in the presence of the carrier, and the consignee and carrier have not detected any falling out or leakage of goods and have recognised that treatment of wagons is not necessary by confirming it with the signatures of the relevant persons on the document specified by the carrier.
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113. After unloading Class 7 dangerous goods from wagons, the consignee shall ensure deactivation of wagons, where necessary, and submit a written certification to the carrier that the quantity of radioactive materials on the surface of wagons inside and outside thereof does not exceed the permissible limits specified in laws and regulations.
Informative Reference to the European Union Directives
[5 April 2011; 9 April 2013]
This Regulation includes legal norms arising from:
1) Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods;
2) Commission Directive 2010/61/EU of 2 September 2010 adapting for the first time the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inland transport of dangerous goods to scientific and technical progress;
3) Commission Directive 2012/45/EU of 3 December 2012 adapting for the second time the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inland transport of dangerous goods to scientific and technical progress.
Prime Minister E. Repše
Minister for Transport R. Zīle
Provisions for Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Except for Dangerous Goods of Classes 1, 6.2 and 7) and Goods which are not Dangerous for Carriage in One Wagon or Container
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