Have you Assessed Your Polymerisable Substances and Mixtures for UN Transport Classification?
Unsaturated organic compounds (alkenes) are common place in the chemical sector as reactive and versatile raw materials (“building blocks”) and products. Some materials are intentionally polymerised to make plastics and resins whilst others have polymerisation as an undesirable side reaction. Historically, the polymerisation behaviour of such materials has not been the subject of any transport classification regime – until now. These materials are now subject to potential classification as polymerisable substances and manufacturers and distributors have a legal obligation to consider this classification. The impact for businesses is explored in this paper.