(Is there a need to segregate individual chemicals in a Chemical Kit or First Aid Kit? There are contradicting statements in SP A44 and in PI 960 and PI Y960.)

Q.
Special Provision A44 and the starting paragraphs of both PI 960 and PI Y960 state: ?gComponents must not react dangerously. (see 5.0.2.11(a))?h whereas the Additional Packing Requirements of both PI 960 and PI Y960 carry a contradicting statement: ?gKits May contain dangerous goods which require segregation according to Table 9.3.A.?h Are we to segregate the chemicals or not? (31 Jan 12)

A.
There is no contradiction. Table 9.3.A is a table to provide guidance for segregation. Even if substances require segregation per Table 9.3.A, they May not react dangerously as the example cases listed in 5.0.2.11(a), even if placed in the same kit. On the other hand, substances not listed on Table 9.3.A May react dangerously if accidentally mixed such as in the case of strong acids and strong alkali substances even though they both belong to Class 8 requiring no segregation. These must not be in the same kit. Such determination will require knowledge of chemistry. Personnel of the transport chain, i.e. cargo agents, forwarders and airlines, are not chemists and therefore not qualified to make such determination. The best is to rely upon the technical knowledge of the manufacturer or the shipper who have ample knowledge of the products they produce and export. The rule is that even if the substances fall under Table 9.3.A, if they do not react dangerously as explained in 5.0.2.11(a) they May be placed inside the same kit. In addition, even if the substances do not fall under Table 9.3.A, if the substances would react dangerously as listed in 5.0.2.11(a), they must not be placed inside the same kit.


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