The hazardous goods well packed.

Hazardous goods must be safely packed for transport to protect the environment. There are officially tested packagings for every type of dangerous goods. These bear a UN symbol visible on the outside, followed by a letter and number code.

Hazardous goods are substances, preparations and products with certain properties that are dangerous for humans and the environment. They can have chemical-physical, acutely toxic and chronically toxic effects and have a direct and lasting effect on health. If such dangerous goods have to be transported, stored or integrated into processes, they may only be transported, stored or integrated into processes in special dangerous goods packaging. Not every substance reacts in the same way or poses the same risks to humans and the environment. This fact places very high and at the same time different demands on dangerous goods packaging.

Müller Packaging - quality leader in the production of industrial packaging made of sheet metal, stainless steel and fiber - manufactures UN-approved hazardous goods packaging for liquid and solid goods at its Swiss sites in Münchenstein and Reiden. Müller Packaging is therefore also certified as a testing laboratory for packaging and can therefore provide customers with comprehensive advice and supply.

The United Nations (UN) has classified over 6,000 hazardous substances according to degree of danger, labelled them and assigned them to packaging groups.


Dangerousness of the substances

Marking of the packagingPackaging group
Very hazardous substances



Substances of medium hazard



Less hazardous substances




Important when handling hazardous goods: Responsible for safety in transport is the company that fills a package with hazardous goods and puts it into circulation. This packaging must be suitable for transport by sea, air, rail or road and is subject to the provisions of the IMDG Code (maritime transport), IATA-DGR or ICAO-TI (air transport), RID (rail transport) and ADR (road transport).

The UN approval describes the design of a packaging for the transport of hazardous goods. The approval certificate is issued by recognised test institutes. In the case of series production, Müller Packaging must ensure that the defined specifications of the design type are met and that the packagings are manufactured and tested in accordance with a quality assurance program recognized and monitored by the approval body.

The correct choice of suitable packaging for hazardous goods, in order to comply with all regulations governing hazardous goods, is a responsible task. It is essential to avoid expensive damage to people and the environment and also to eliminate costly legal consequences.

With Müller Packaging you are on the safe side. The packaging specialists are well versed in UN hazardous goods packaging and can draw on decades of experience in providing advice.

Thomas Jaeger
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Head of Marketing & Sales
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