As a result of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak there is an increase in the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Does the hand gel count as dangerous goods? If so, do my drivers need to be trained? And how should it be packaged?

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As a result of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak there is an increase in the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Does the hand gel count as dangerous goods? If so, do my drivers need to be trained? And how should it be packaged?

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Most alcohol-based sanitisers are made from ethanol, or a similar alcohol and as such are assigned to either UN1987 or UN1170. For example:

  • UN1987 ALCOHOLS, N.O.S. (ETHANOL, PROPAN-1-OL), Class 3 PG II

  • UN1987 ALCOHOLS, N.O.S. (isopropanol), Class 3 PG II

  • UN1170 ETHANOL SOLUTION (ETHYL ALCOHOL SOLUTION), Class 3, PG II.

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