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What is an emergency information panel?

Dangerous goods have to be transported in compliance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code. This mammoth document is over 1000 pages long and is prescriptive in relation to the classification of dangerous goods, the signage required, and any segregation rules for transport.

For certain dangerous goods, an emergency information panel or EIP is required to be displayed.

The EIP contains the proper shipping name for the dangerous goods being transported (unless the proper shipping name includes N.O.S, in which case that part can be omitted), the UN number, any Hazchem code assigned to the dangerous good, instructions to dial for police or fire services, the class or division label for the dangerous goods and any subsidiary hazard label(s) applied to the dangerous goods, and the name of an organisation responsible for providing advice via telephone.

The emergency information panel must be placed vertically, securely fixed to the vehicle, and be weather resistant, legible and not be obscured. They must be fixed on opposite sides of a vehicle.

The EIP is visible below the logo on the trailer.

Darren is an expert on driving and transport, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

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