Dangerous Goods Labels

Dangerous goods are the substances that apply to more than one class/division defined in the "United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods." The recommendation defines dangerous goods into nine distinct classes and several divisions within.

Please select from the categories below to read more about each class and its divisions.

1: Explosives

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
1 1.3 REX Explosives REX
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Signals, distress.
Articles and substances which have a fire hazard.
(Cargo Aircraft only)
Leakage: Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.
1.4 RXB
RXC
RXD
RXE
RXG
Explosives RXB RXC RXD RXE RXGPDF
Squibs, fuse.
Articles and substances which present no significant hazard.
(Cargo Aircraft only)
1.4S RXS Explosives RXSPDF Fuse safety, Revets, explosive.Articles and substances which present very small hazard.

2: Gas

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
2 2.1 RFG Flammable Gas RFGPDF Butane, Acetylene, dissolved.
Lighters (cigarettes), Aero sols flammable nos.

Hazard of high pressure and ignitable by ignition. source if leaking.
Leakage:Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.
Check that valve is tightly closed.
2.2 RNG Non-Flammable, Non-Toxic Gas RNG
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Compressed gass, Fire extinguishers, oxygen (gaseous).
Hazard of high-pressure cylinder.
2.3 RPG Toxic Gas RPG
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Hexafluoroacetone.
(Cargo Aircraft only)
In case of leakage of contents or heavy damage to the container,
Leave the damaged packages intact and keep away from them.

3: Flammable Liquids

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
3 RFL Flammable Liquid RFL
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Alcohol, Gasoline.
Ignitable by ignition source if leaking.
Leakage: Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.

4: Flammable Solids

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
4 4.1 RFS Flammable Solid RFS
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Manganese resinate, Naphthalene crude, Matches safety.
Burns vigorously if ignited.
Leakage:Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.
4.2 RSC Spontaneously Combustible RSC
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Titanium powder, Sodium sulphide, Carbon activated.
4.3 RFW Dangerous when Wet RFW
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Potassium borohydride, Sodium methylate, Calcium carbide, Barium.

5: Oxidizing agents and Organic Peroxides

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
5 5.1 ROX Oxidizer ROX
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Calcium hypochlorite, Sodium permanganate.
May ignite combustibles on contact.
Leakage:Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.
5.2 ROP Organic Peroxide ROP
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Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (used as catalyst for resins or sealants).May undergo self-accelerating decomposition or react violently with other substances.

6: Toxic and Infectious Substances

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
6 6.1 RPB Toxic (Poison) Substances RPB
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Arsenic, Phenol, solid, Cyanides, inorganic nos Dinitroanilines, Mercuric chloride, Nicotine. Sodium fluoride, Magnesium fluorosilicate. Leakage:Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo if you can do it without risk.
6.2 RIS Infections Substances RIS
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Infections substances such as hepatitis or polio vircs (not vaccine). In case of leakage of contents or heavy damage to the container,
  1. Leave them damaged package intact and keep away from them until assistance of qualified personnel is available.
  2. Notify public health authority, etc. through the airport authority, flight operation and cargo traffic sections of the company at the landing airport.

7: Radioactive Substances

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
7 - Excepted Package of Radioactive Materials - Radioactive materials in limited quantities, instruments, manufactured articles etc.
This category has little external radiation and does not require distance separation from persons and animals.
In case of leakage of contents or heavy damage to the container,
  1. Leave them damaged package intact and keep away from them until assistance of qualified personnel is available.
  2. Notify the airport authority, flight operation and cargo traffic sections of the company at the landing airport.
  3. A person who gets in touch with the damaged package must wash hands with the neutral soap or water. Clothing which get in touch with the damaged package must be removed and disposed into the plastic bag.
RRW Radioactive Material Category-Ⅰ White RRW
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Varied isotopes.
Category Ⅰ has no significant external radiation and does not require distance separation from persons and animals.
RRY Radioactive Material Category-Ⅱ Yellow RRY
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Varied isotopes.
Category Ⅱ has slight external radiation (up to 1.0 Transport Index) and requires at least 1 foot separation from persons and animals
RRY Radioactive Material Category-Ⅲ Yellow RRY
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Varied isotopes.
Category Ⅲ has moderate external radiation (up to 10 Transport Indexes) and requires more separation, according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

8: Corrosive Substances

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
8 RCM Corrosive Material RCM
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Hydrochloric acid solution, sodium hydroxide solution.
Corrosive to human skins or metals.
Leakage:Corrosive liquid leakage is not catastrophic, and cleanup and neutralization is best accomplished on the ground. Avoid contact with the skin.

9: Miscellaneous

Class/Division Code Description Label Example Emergency Action
9 RMD Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods RMD
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Formaldehyde solutions, Polychlorinated biphehyls, Polystyrene beads, Carbon sioxide solid.
Substances which during air transport present a danger not covered by other classes.
Leakage:Reposition container to minimize leakage or contact with other cargo.
MAG Magnetized Material MAG
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Magnetrons, magnets (large unshielded).
May affect airplane compass system unless isolated.
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9 ELI
ELM
Excepted
Lithium
Battery
Excepted Lithium Battery
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Excepted litium ion batteries as per Section II of PI965-967 Excepted litium metal batteries as per Section II of PI968-970 -
- - Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities
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Very small quantities of Dangerous Goods (except Explosions, Magnetized Materials etc) Take action in accordance with the procedure established for each category of Dangerous Goods.
- CAO Cargo Aircraft Only CAO
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Cargo Aircraft only Label -
- RCL Cryogenic Liquids RCL
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Substances (Non-Flammable gas/Division 2.2) containing Cryogenic liquids. -
- - Keep Away from Heat Keep Away from Heat
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Must be used in addition to the applicable hazard label on packages and overpacks containing self-reactive substances in Division 4.1 and Division 5.2, Organic Peroxides. -