Anyone who loads, transports, carries and discharges hazardous materials belonging to one of the thirteen ADR (acronym for Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route) classes is required to apply a series of requirements: the shipper (or sender) must, for example, classify the goods, choose packaging appropriate to the characteristics in terms of the level of danger posed by the goods, provide the carrier with all the documents necessary for carrying out the transport in safe conditions.

The documents necessary for road transport include the "written instructions" drafted in the language of the crew, showing the instructions to be followed in the event of a traffic accident.

Rail transport RID (an acronym for règlement concernant le trasport international ferroviaire des merchandises dangereuses) follows regulations that are very similar to those established by ADR with some specific features such as transport in tank cars.

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