Transporting Hazardous Material with UN FIBC Bulk Bags-Rishi FIBC

Transporting Hazardous Material With UN FIBC Bulk Bags

FIBC bags are becoming highly popular amongst shippers. More and more industries including food, pharmaceuticals, construction, etc are increasingly making use of FIBCs owing to the convenience and cost efficiency these bags offer. However, when transporting hazardous substances, more stringent rules are required to be followed.

To avoid mishaps and to prevent environmental pollution, the UN has created certifications for FIBCs. These certifications reflect the specific standards that are expected to be followed during the manufacturing and handling of such bags. Such bags are called UN Certified FIBC or UN FIBCs.

Classification of Hazardous Materials

Here we discuss the classification of hazardous materials and substances which as best suited for transportation using UN approved bulk bags.

UN Certified FIBCs are classified into 8 classes:

Class 4.1: This category is designed for storing self-reactive substances, flammable solids, and desensitized explosives
Class 4.2: Substances that are liable to incur spontaneous combustion are to be transported in such FIBCs
Class 4.3: In such bags, you can store substances that emit flammable gases when they come in contact with water
Class 5.1: Substances that oxidize are stored in such bags
Class 5.2: Organic peroxides need such bags
Class 6.1: Use these bags when storing toxic substances
Class 8: Corrosive substances are to be transported in these bags
Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous substances and articles are to transported in such bags

Importance of Using UN Approved Bulk Bags

When transporting hazardous material take care to use an appropriate UN Certified Bag. This is crucial to prevent accidents, safeguard the life of the personnel handling the bags or working in the facility where the bags are stored, and to prevent damage to the property and the environment.

So, once you know about the hazardous materials that are required to be stored or transported, you need to select the bag accordingly. At Rishi FIBC, our experts will guide you in selecting the right bag for your needs.

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Labeling and Testing

It is crucial that the UN approved bulk bags be labeled correctly. The classification of the bags should be clearly visible to ensure proper and safe usage of the bag.

The UN approved FIBCs are required to undergo rigorous testing before they are classified for transporting hazardous materials including Vibration Test, Top Lift Test, Stack Test, Drop Test, Topple Test, Righting Test, and Tear Test.

Sourcing UN Certified FIBCs

When sourcing UN approved bulk bags look for a manufacturer who has a special certification received from a licensed provider. This certification assures that the employees working under the manufacturer have undertaken relevant course imparting knowledge about UN bags. Besides, this also means that the manufacturer has paid the licensing fee. As per UN regulations, only license suppliers can sell/distribute UN approved bulk bags.

In India, you can rely on Rishi FIBC for sourcing UN approved bulk bags. Being a prominent UN FIBC manufacturer, Rishi FIBC produces quality UN approved bulk bags. The company has advanced technical equipment and a team of trained personnel to manufacture UN FIBCs. The bags are tested thoroughly at an in-house testing facility and again at an independent testing laboratory where they receive certification.

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Misunderstandings About Food Grade Bulk Bags-Rishi FIBC Solutions

Misunderstandings About Food Grade Bulk Bags

There are now stricter government regulations for food safety in the packaging industry. Besides there are several guidelines and third-party accreditations that manufacturers and retailers are required to follow. Naturally, there’s bound to be some confusion and misunderstandings. Here we attempt to debunk some myths surrounding food grade bulk bags.

Myth 1: You should look for only FDA approved bags

Fact: FDA approved bags do not exist

You will find many food grade bulk bag manufacturers claiming their bags to be FDA approved, the truth is that FDA does not issue any kind of approval, accreditation, or certificate for FIBCs or FIBC liners. However, FDA does approve that only 100 percent virgin polypropylene resin should come in contact with food. So, when food grade FIBC manufacturers claim that their FIBCs are approved by the FDA, they may mean that the bags are made of 100 percent virgin polypropylene resin and hence as per the FDA standards the bags are appropriate for storing and transporting food.

Read more: Food Grade FIBC Bulk Bags Makes a Fantastic Option for Commercial Food Companies

Myth 2: Any type of FIBC bag can be used for storing food grade products if it uses a food grade liner

Fact: FIBC bag too should be made of 100 % polypropylene resin if it is to be used for food grade products

Not just the liner, but the FIBC bag that comes in contact with food grade products too should be made of 100% virgin polypropylene resin. Use of such bags ensures that no recycled material is used in the manufacturing of the bag. This helps in reducing the chances of contamination.

Further, manufacturing facility for food grade FIBC needs to follow strict norms to ensure highest standards of quality. Manufacturers need to ensure that their food grade bulk bags are produced in BRC certified facility which has proper ventilation, facility for light table inspection, metal detection, and record keeping. Employees should wear a proper uniform and adhere to recommended hygiene standards. A HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) program should also be followed.


Myth 3: GFSI accreditation is a must

Fact: GFSI does not offer but recognizes certain third-party accreditations and certifications

It is a myth that GFSI accreditation is a must for food-grade bulk bags. The fact is that GFSI neither has any policy for FIBC manufacturers or retailers nor it undertakes any accreditation or certification activities. The aim of GFSI (Global Food Safety) is to facilitate continuous betterment of food safety management systems which instills confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers anywhere in the world.

Here are some third-party accreditations/food safety management schemes and certifications that the GFSI does recognize:

  • Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC)
  • BRC – British Retail Consortium: BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials Issue 4
  • International Featured Standards (IFS): IFS PAC secure, Version 1
  • SQF – Safe Quality Food Institute: SQF Code 7th Edition; Level 2

Contact Rishi FIBC

Rishi FIBC in India is a globally recognized food grade FIBC manufacturer. Contact us to resolve your queries pertaining to food grade bulk bags or to place an order for customized FIBC bags.

Get in touch with us call: +91-02662-227 100 / 200