Performance Oriented Packaging (POP) Testing for Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Any packaging configuration intended to transport regulated HAZMAT must be certified according to performance standards. For certification, universally adopted domestic and international modal regulations mandate strict performance testing of the packaging configuration, which is comprised of the container and its components.
PSCC’s Logistics Testing and Applications Division (LTAD) actively conducts, performance tests covering a wide spectrum of HAZMAT packagings. As the Army's executive agent for HAZMAT, we have the capability to conduct POP testing of HAZMAT packaging required by Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which is used to certify non-bulk HAZMAT packaging configurations. The test parameters used for conducting specific test(s) are defined by the 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Hazardous Materials Regulation. ASTM standards are incorporated to provide guidance for testing procedures, specifically ASTM D 4919, Standard Specification for Testing of Hazardous Materials Packagings. This standard covers the testing of packagings to United Nations standards intended for transportation of HAZMAT.
While most configurations tested are non-bulk, we also have the capability to conduct the regulated performance tests specific to Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), limited and excepted quantities, containers of foreign origin, Class 1 (explosives), infectious substances (class 6.2), diagnostic specimens, regulated medical waste, and salvage containers, to name just a few. Testing and evaluation are conducted in accordance with current transportation and modal regulations. We routinely use ASTM test methods and are one of the few facilities with the ability to perform complete design validation of shipping containers in accordance with the requirements of ASTM D 4169, Distribution Cycle 18 (government shipments). LTAD also has the unique distinction of being the only government laboratory that is certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA)