Global Legal Standards for Emergency Telephone Numbers

NOW UPDATED (March 2017)

The regulatory requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods can vary significantly around the world, for example some require that the emergency telephone number be a local phone number, that it is answered in the official language of the country or that it is operational 24 hours a day. It is essential that you have a clear understanding of the emergency telephone numbers that should be included as part of the manufacturing, importing and general logistics processes to ensure you remain compliant. 

Sometimes the local requirements are detailed in the dangerous goods regulations but more often this obligation is due to the implementation of the Global Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and the standard safety data sheet (SDS) requirements.

In addition to the various national requirements, a 24 hour emergency number is required for international air transport. At present this is due to State and Operator variations.

For the full details of the legal requirements for global chemical emergency telephone numbers, please complete the form below



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