FIBC Bulk Bags are made to store and transport a wide array of different products and materials. When it comes to the storage and transportation of certain hazardous materials, standard bulk bags don’t always meet the safety requirements that are essential for the safe handling of these types of products. That’s where UN Certified bulk bags come in. The United Nations sets forth a body of standards that are recognized internationally to ensure these materials are handled properly. Included in those requirements are identification and labeling standards, specifications on max volume, and rigorous testing standards. Read below to find out more about the specific requirements or contact us to speak to a qualified sales rep.
UN IDENTIFICATION AND LABELING FOR FIBCs
UN Bulk Bags have a unique labeling system designed to allow the user to track the origin, materials, manufacturer, coating, and other important factors of the individual bag. See below for an explanation of the labeling system.
Categories of UN Approved Bulk Bags:
Dangerous products are classified by the United Nations by a unique UN product number. These product numbers and corresponding packaging group classifications, below, can also be found in the “orange book.”
UN Certified Bulk Bag Classes:
Why choose Palmetto Industries as your UN Certified Bag Supplier?
All of our UN Certified bags for hazardous materials are rigorously tested, examined, and designed specifically for the handling of hazardous materials for Packaging Groups II and III Materials in Chapter 9 of the United Nations “Orange Book”. To be able to determine your requirement all we need is the UN classification of the product to be packed and transported. Based on that information we will design your UN Bags to meet your exact requirements.
We rigorously test our UN certified bulk bags.
To ensure each of the bags that are labeled as UN Certified are able to safely transport and store hazardous materials, they must each go through rigorous testing procedures. See below for a brief overivew of what those tests involve.
1) Vibration Testing
The bags are put through a rigorous vibration test for 60 minutes and must not rupture and have no leakage.
2) Top Lift Testing
The bags are lifted from the top and must maintain it’s integrity with a 6:1 SWL (Safe Working Load) for 5 minutes. There must be no loss of contents or permanent deformation.
3) Stack Testing
A top load is placed on a filled bag for 24 hours. The top load weighs 1.8x the combined maximum permissible gross mass of the bags that may be stacked on top. There must be no loss of contents or deterioration of the bag.
4) Drop Testing
The bags are dropped from 3 specific heights based on the packaging group. There must be no loss of contents.
5) Topple Testing
The bags are toppled from a specific height based on the packaging group. There must be no loss of contents.
6) Righting Testing
The bags are lifted to an upright postion from it’s side. There must no damage to the bag.
7) Tear Testing
The bags are punctured with a knife at a 45° angle. Part 1 of the test is a uniform top load with the maximum permissible safe working load. The bag must remain in tact for atleast 5 minutes. Part two of the test requires the bag to maintain it’s integrity with a 45° cut when being suspended for 5 minutes. The cut must not propogate to more than 25% of it’s original length.
We are a UN Certified bag provider that follows The Orange Book Guidelines.
The Orange Book, as it is better known, is the set of recommendations provided by the UN for FIBC Bulk Bags carrying dangerous goods to prevent injury to people, harm to the environment, and material damages.
The book divides bags into six categories, namely flexible, rigid plastics, composite, fiberboard, wooden, and metal. There are 4 types of bulk bags named which cover the majority of FIBCs used:
- 13H1 - Woven PP fabric w/o coating or inner liner
- 13H2 - Woven PP fabric, coated
- 13H3 - Woven PP fabric w/ inner liner, w/o coating
- 13H4 - Woven PP fabric, coated and w/ inner liner
Palmetto Industries has been a UN certified bag provider for over 25 years and our experts are here to answer any questions you might have on our UN certified bulk bags or other Palmetto Industries International products, so please call us at 706-737-7999 or email our sales team at email@example.com.