Most people initially think of petrol, diesel or heating oil when the terms "dangerous goods" and "tankers" come up. These three goods indeed account for more than 70% of all dangerous goods transported. So it is easy to overlook the fact that there are still many other liquid and solid dangerous goods that can be transported in tank vehicles or tank containers. It is difficult even for experts to know all the specific transport conditions for each dangerous good so in order to avoid losing the overview, BAM has established the so-called BAM List that is regularly updated. It contains all relevant transport data and offers numerous filter possibilities to determine the specific requirements for various tanks. The 14th edition of the BAM list was published at the end of June.
Manufacturers of tank containers, portable tanks and tank vehicles can use the BAM List to see how these containers must be designed to be approved for the respective dangerous goods. Forwarders can identify the dangerous substances from the list they are allowed to transport in their vehicles which also enables them to quickly respond to inquiries from industry and to search the international dangerous goods regulations ADR, RID and IMDG Code.
The BAM List must be regularly updated as the German Dangerous Goods Ordinance (GGVSEB) is subject to frequent changes. This regulation implements internationally accepted rules for the transport of dangerous goods within a national territory and harmonises with national regulations. The updates are necessary since on the one hand, the requirements for transport safety are continuously being adapted to the state of the art and on the other, industry is constantly developing new substances. "We have included 160 new substances in the BAM List’s 14th edition that has now been published," explains Dr. Mahin Farahbakhsh from BAM's Dangerous Goods Packagings Division. The list now contains almost 8000 entries.
Dr. Farahbakhsh’s team has also established the Dangerous Goods Database and is specialised in the handling of large amounts of data. They work on the BAM List in cooperation with colleagues from the Tanks for Dangerous Goods and Accident Mechanics Division who provide important data about requirements for tanks and the resistance of metallic and polymeric materials.