Criteria for passing the test(s):
(a) Metal IBCs: no loss of contents;
(b) Flexible IBCs: no loss of contents. A slight discharge, e.g. from closures or stitch holes, upon
impact shall not be considered to be a failure of the IBC provided that no further leakage
occurs after the IBC has been raised clear of the ground;
(c) Rigid plastics, composite, fibreboard and wooden IBCs: no loss of contents. A slight discharge
from a closure upon impact shall not be considered to be a failure of the IBC provided that no
further leakage occurs;
(d) All IBCs: no damage which renders the IBC unsafe to be carried for salvage or for disposal,
and no loss of contents. In addition, the IBC shall be capable of being lifted by an appropriate
means until clear of the floor for five minutes.
NOTE: The criteria in (d) apply to design types for IBCs manufactured as from
1 January 2011.

Tear test

Applicability

For all types of flexible IBCs, as a design type test.

Preparation of the IBC for test

The IBC shall be filled to not less than 95% of its capacity and to its maximum permissible gross
mass, the contents being evenly distributed.

Method of testing

Once the IBC is placed on the ground, a 100 mm knife score, completely penetrating the wall of a
wide face, is made at a 45° angle to the principal axis of the IBC, halfway between the bottom surface
and the top level of the contents. The IBC shall then be subjected to a uniformly distributed
superimposed load equivalent to twice the maximum permissible gross mass. The load shall be
applied for at least five minutes. An IBC which is designed to be lifted from the top or the side shall
then, after removal of the superimposed load, be lifted clear of the floor and maintained in that
position for a period of five minutes.

Criteria for passing the test

The cut shall not propagate more than 25% of its original length.

Topple test

Applicability

For all types of flexible IBC, as a design type test.

Preparation of the IBC for test

The IBC shall be filled to not less than 95% of its capacity and to its maximum permissible gross
mass, the contents being evenly distributed.

Method of testing

The IBC shall be caused to topple on to any part of its top on to a rigid, non-resilient, smooth, flat and
horizontal surface.

Topple height

Packing group I

Packing group II

Packing group III

1.8 m

1.2 m

0.8 m

 

Criteria for passing the test

No loss of contents. A slight discharge, e.g. from closures or stitch holes, upon impact shall not be
considered to be a failure of the IBC provided that no further leakage occurs.

Righting test

Applicability

For all flexible IBCs designed to be lifted from the top or side, as a design type test.

Preparation of the IBC for test

The IBC shall be filled to not less than 95% of its capacity and to its maximum permissible gross
mass, the contents being evenly distributed.
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