IBC's are recertified in accordance with Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail 7th Edition.
TMS are also accredited to the Australian Standard™: General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories AS ISO/IEC 17025-2005.
When using IBC's for the transportation of dangerous goods, certain requirements have to be followed. Below are useful and important excerpts from the “Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail 7th Edition.”
188.8.131.52 Quality assurance: –the IBCs must be manufactured and tested under a quality assurance programme … in order to ensure that each manufactured IBC meets the requirements of this.
184.108.40.206 Test requirements: –IBCs must be subject to design type tests and, if applicable, to initial and periodic inspections and tests in accordance with 220.127.116.11.
18.104.22.168.1 Every metal, rigid plastics and composite IBCs must be inspected to the satisfaction of the competent authority:
The test must be carried out for a period of at least 10 minutes using air at a gauge pressure of not less than 20 kPa (0.2 bar). The air tightness of the IBC must be determined by a suitable method such as by air-pressure differential test or by immersing the IBC in water or, for metal IBCs, by coating the seams and joints with a soap solution. In the latter case a correction factor must be applied for the hydrostatic pressure.
No leakage of air.
For plastics drums and jerricans, rigid plastics IBCs and composite IBCs with plastics inner receptacles, unless otherwise exempted by the competent authority, the period of use permitted for the transport of dangerous substances is five years from the date of manufacture of the receptacles, except where a shorter period of use is prescribed because of the nature of the substance to be transported.