The term placard load is used in dangerous goods transport legislation and the ADG Code. It indicates a quantity of dangerous goods being transported that requires placards to be displayed on the transport unit (a transport unit may be a portable tank, a bulk container, a freight container or a vehicle).
A placard load quantity is the trigger for other dangerous goods controls such as placarding, safety equipment, stowage and segregation requirements (see Summary of controls).
Placard load amounts
A placard load of dangerous goods is when any of the following apply.
- In the case of smaller receptacles (receptacles up to 500 L capacity and containing up to 500 kg of dangerous goods):
This replaces the previous 'packaged' dangerous goods transport provisions.
In the case of larger receptacles (any receptacle > 500 L capacity or containing > 500 kg of dangerous goods):
- when one or more are transported.
This replaces the previous 'bulk' dangerous goods transport provisions.
The above does not apply to:
- retail distribution loads complying with the ADG Code 7. 3
- fumigated units that do not contain other dangerous goods.
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Page last updated: 10 May 2013