Explosives shipping classification system

A matrix of the United Nations explosives shipping classification system and examples of typical materials. Each classification consists of a Sub Class Number that indicates the type of hazard and a Compatibility group suffix describing which types of product may inhabit the same means of containment.

Classes

A

Primary explosive substance

B

Article, primary explosive, without two protective features

C

Propellant

D

Article, Secondary Explosive or primary explosive with two protective features

E

Article with Secondary Explosive, not self initiating, with propelling charge

F

Article with Secondary Explosive, self initiating

G

Pyrotechnics

H

Containing White Phosphorus

J

Containing a flammable liquid or gel

K

Containing a toxic substance

L

Presenting a special risk requiring isolation

N

Extremely Insensitive

S

Packed so as to not hinder near-by firefighters

1.1

Mass explosion Possible

1.1A

Mercury fulminate, Lead azide Etc.

1.1B

Blasting caps

1.1C

Rocket motors, smokeless powder

1.1D

Detonating cord, explosive boosters, blackpowder, most secondary explosives

1.1E 1.1F 1.1G

Flash powder, Bulk Salutes, very large fireworks

1.1J

Liquid fuelled cruise missiles and torpedoes, incendiary bombs

1.2

Projection but not mass explosion

1.2B

Detonating fuzes

1.2C

Rocket motors, propelling charges

1.2D

Hand grenades, shaped charges

1.2E

Rockets with bursting charges

1.2G

Large fireworks, practice grenades

1.2H

White phosphorus grenades

1.2K

Chemical shells

1.2L

Hypergolic fuelled rocket motors

1.3

Fire, minor blast

1.3C

Smokeless powder, rocket motors

1.3F

Fuzed hand grenades

1.3G

Display Fireworks, smoke grenades, flares

1.3H 1.3L

Hypergolic fuelled rocket motors

1.4

Minor explosion hazard.

1.4B

Blasting Caps

1.4C

Model rocket motors

1.4D

Det. Cord

1.4G

Consumer Fireworks, Proximate Pyro

1.4S

Proximate Pyro, Blasting Caps Small Arms Ammunition

1.5

Blasting Agent, very insensitive

1.5D

Blasting Agents

1.6

Explosives, extremely insensitive, no mass explosions

1.6N

Compatibility Groups

Compatibility Groups Can Be Shipped With:
A A
B B, S
C C, D, E, N, S
D C, D, E, N, S
E C, D, E, N, S
F F, S
G G, S
H H, S
J J, S
K K, S
L L
N C, D, E, N, S
S B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, N, S

References

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