As an independent ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, we remain uniquely placed to offer detailed guidance to companies that are faced with the complexities of the Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Smithers Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials Package Testing Services

  • A highly responsive testing service with turnaround to meet your needs.
  • Expert assistance in understanding complicated regulatory requirements.
  • Authorised by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) as an independent laboratory to test UN/ADR Packaging, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) and Large Packaging. 
  • Certificate revalidation testing to meet the requirements of the UK certifying body.
  • Accredited specifically for the purpose of UN/ADR package testing by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in accordance with ISO 17025 and the UK Operational Instructions.
  • Additional client-specific testing such as vibration tests on packages required for shipment under 49 CFR HAZMAT Transportation Regulations.
The team also provides:
  • Additional distribution testing to allow for a detailed assessment of pack performance
  • Random vibration, horizontal impact hazards and unit load testing not included in the UN/ADR tests
  • An ongoing validation service to ensure continued use of approved specification
  • Testing to cover the non-mandatory 'capability' performance requirements (limited quantities, diagnostic specimens and consumer commodities).

Packaging types tested

Smithers' test facilities are accredited to undertake UN testing on a broad range of package types including:
  • Bags - paper, plastic, textile (all codes - 5M1, 5M2, 5H4 etc)
  • Boxes/Combination Packs - of all materials (all codes - 4D, 4G, 4GV, 4H2, 4A etc)
  • Drums and Jerricans - steel, fibre, plastic, composite (all codes - 1A1, 1H2, 1G, 3H1, 3H2 etc)
  • Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) - metal, plastic, fibreboard, wood, composite (all codes - 31A, 31H2, 31HA1, 11G etc) (Vibration 1600 kg load max) 
  • Flexible Bulk Containers (FIBCs) (all tests except top lift)
  • Large Packagings - metal, plastic, fibreboard, wood, composite, flexible (all codes - 50A, 50H, 50G etc)
  • Specialist Packs - for infectious substances and diagnostics (Class 6.2 substances, UN 3373).
Our knowledge covers testing requirements for the following classes:
  • Class 1 - Explosives
  • Class 3 - Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 - Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 - Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxide
  • Class 6 - Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Class 8 - Corrosive Substances
  • Class 9 - Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances.

What our clients say

"I would like to express my thanks for the excellent work which Smithers have carried out....The help and flexibility provided will enable the MoD to keep to our original delivery date within challenging timescales."
Ian Matthews (MoD, UK)

"The response was good and very professional, assistance and advice was always available when needed...the results were well presented and I found discussion (with the team) very helpful".
John Gawn (DuPont (UK) Ltd)

"We... were all impressed by the clarity that you (Smithers) brought to a situation where ignorance had complicated arrangements with a customer. Our team has an excellent impression of Smithers and will certainly come back to you when tests are needed."
Ian Palmer (Dolav UK Ltd)

"Initial contact and service was excellent. There were a lot of changes required and a lack of familiarity on our part with the process made much easier with the support provided."
Joe Sweetman (Atlantic Industries)

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