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Substances of Class 6 have been assigned to one of 2 sub-classes.
Class 6.1 / 6.2 - Toxic and Infectious substances

Hazard class 6.1 Toxic substances

Class 6.1 dangerous goods are substances that in relatively small quantities, are able by a single action or by an action of short duration to cause damage to human health, or death by inhalation, absorption, or ingestion. Toxic substances can be either a solid or liquid form.

Packing groups

Class 6.1 has been assigned a packing group which indicates the degree of danger.

Packing Group I: Substances presenting high danger
Packing Group II: Substances presenting medium danger
Packing Group III: Substances presenting low danger

Examples of commonly transported toxic substances

Arsenic, chloroform, cyanide, lead, numerous mercury substances, nicotine, numerous types of pesticides.

Class 6.2 Infectious substances

Hazard class 6.2 Infectious substances

Class 6.2 dangerous goods are substances which are known or are reasonably expected to contain pathogens. Pathogens are defined as micro-organisms (including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) and other agents. Infectious substances can be biological products, cultures, medical and clinical waste or patient specimens and when transported in a form that when exposure to it occurs, it can cause permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.

For example, in humans:
  • Ebola Virus
  • Hepatitis B virus
  • Rabies virus
  • Yellow fever virus

For example, in animals:

  • African swine fever virus
  • Foot and mouth disease virus

Infectious substances are sub-dived into two categories, Category A and Category B and are assigned UN No’s 2814, 2900, 3291, 3373 or 3549.

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