Puncture test

Packagings with a gross mass of 7 kg or less

Samples shall be placed on a level hard surface. A cylindrical steel rod with a mass of at least 7 kg, a
diameter of 38 mm and whose impact end edges have a radius not exceeding 6 mm (see Figure
6.3.5.4.2), shall be dropped in a vertical free fall from a height of 1 m, measured from the impact end
to the impact surface of the sample. One sample shall be placed on its base. A second sample shall be
placed in an orientation perpendicular to that used for the first. In each instance the steel rod shall be
aimed to impact the primary receptacle. Following each impact, penetration of the secondary
packaging is acceptable, provided that there is no leakage from the primary receptacle(s).

Packagings with a gross mass exceeding 7 kg

Samples shall be dropped on to the end of a cylindrical steel rod. The rod shall be set vertically in a
level hard surface. It shall have a diameter of 38 mm and the edges of the upper end a radius not
exceeding 6 mm (see Figure 6.3.5.4.2). The rod shall protrude from the surface a distance at least
equal to that between the centre of the primary receptacle(s) and the outer surface of the outer
packaging with a minimum of 200 mm. One sample shall be dropped with its top face lowermost in a
vertical free fall from a height of 1 m, measured from the top of the steel rod. A second sample shall
be dropped from the same height in an orientation perpendicular to that used for the first. In each
instance, the packaging shall be so orientated that the steel rod would be capable of penetrating the
primary receptacle(s). Following each impact, penetration of the secondary packaging is acceptable
provided that there is no leakage from the primary receptacle(s).
 
Figure 6.3.5.4.2

Test report

A written test report containing at least the following particulars shall be drawn up and shall be
available to the users of the packaging:
1. Name and address of the test facility;
2. Name and address of applicant (where appropriate);
3. A unique test report identification;
4. Date of the test and of the report;
5. Manufacturer of the packaging;
6. Description of the packaging design type (e.g. dimensions, materials, closures, thickness, etc.),
including method of manufacture (e.g. blow moulding) and which may include drawing(s)
and/or photograph(s);
7. Maximum capacity;
8. Test contents;
9. Test descriptions and results;
10. The test report shall be signed with the name and status of the signatory.

 

The test report shall contain statements that the packaging prepared as for carriage was tested in
accordance with the appropriate requirements of this Chapter and that the use of other packaging
methods or components may render it invalid. A copy of the test report shall be available to the
competent authority.

6.4

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, TESTING AND APPROVAL OF PACKAGES FOR RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL AND FOR THE APPROVAL OF SUCH MATERIAL

(Reserved)

General requirements

The package shall be so designed in relation to its mass, volume and shape that it can be easily and
safely carried. In addition, the package shall be so designed that it can be properly secured in or on the
vehicle during carriage.

The design shall be such that any lifting attachments on the package will not fail when used in the
intended manner and that, if failure of the attachments should occur, the ability of the package to meet
other requirements of this Annex would not be impaired. The design shall take account of appropriate
safety factors to cover snatch lifting.

Attachments and any other features on the outer surface of the package which could be used to lift it
shall be designed either to support its mass in accordance with the requirements of 6.4.2.2 or shall be
removable or otherwise rendered incapable of being used during carriage.

As far as practicable, the packaging shall be so designed and finished that the external surfaces are
free from protruding features and can be easily decontaminated.

As far as practicable, the outer layer of the package shall be so designed as to prevent the collection
and the retention of water.

Any features added to the package at the time of carriage which are not part of the package shall not
reduce its safety.
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