The United Nations Manual of Tests for Classification of Explosives,
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE LONDON (ENGLAND)
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The United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods has prescribed a regime of test methods in chapter 4 of its recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods, commonly known as The Orange Book. The UN Group of Experts on Explosives has just completed a manual of tests which will enable national competent authorities to harmonize their techniques and criteria for acceptance of explosives into Class 1 and the assignment of explosives to appropriate hazard divisions, thereby promoting the international recognition of one anothers classifications. The paper describes the test manual in broad terms, the difficulties in harmonizing test methods and the future programme of work by the UN in this field.