DGAC Working Groups

  Working Groups

A working group is a formed by smaller groups of DGAC members that are looking to address a specific issue.  Some working groups form to complete short term projects and some form to complete projects that take years to resolve.

Lithium Battery Working Group

The Lithium Batteries working group follows activities involving the ever-transforming regulations that govern the transport of lithium batteries. DGAC is actively monitoring developments at the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel, and the UN Lithium Battery Working Group and providing input on behalf of its members. 

DGAC Member?  Join the group HERE.

GHS Implementation Issues Working Group

This working group was formed to identify and focus on GHS implementation issues creating compliance barriers impacting industry's ability to comply, and its ability to transport materials in a safe and timely manner.  It was also created to develop recommendations and advocate support to pursue issues with national and/or international regulatory bodies as deemed appropriate and necessary.

DGAC Member?  Join the group HERE.

Packaging Working Group

This working group explores packaging issues of importance to both suppliers and users of dangerous goods packaging.

DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.

Bulk Vessel Working Group

The Bulk Vessel working group follows activities involving chemical tankers where the cargo is pumped on and off the vessel via hoses through a manifold.  Typical cargo quantity is about 300 to 3000 cubic meters.  These shipments are regulated by the IMO International Bulk Chemicals (IBC) Code, a very different set of regulations than the IMO IMDG Code.  The IBC Code is part of the work of IMO's Bulk Liquids and Gases Sub-Committee (DGAC has representation at these meetings).

DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.

One Time Movement Approvals Working Group

The Federal Railroad Administration releases a guidance on One Time Movement Approvals (OTMA) and distributes it by email.  A number of questions have been raised by DGAC regarded the OTMA guidance.  In anticipation of new versions being released, DGAC established a working group to review the revised document and prepare comments (if appropriate).

DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.

Combustible Liquids Working Group

This working group is looking to except from classification and communication requirements high-flash combustible liquids (HCFL) offered and accepted for international transport in containers < or = 3000 gallons (i.e. portable tanks and IBC's).

DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.


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 Rail Transport Working Group

The Rail Transport working group will build upon and expand the work of the crude oil working group by:  

  • Identify and focus on federal or associational issues in need of review or that present barriers without enhancing safety.
  • To identify more opportunities DGAC may have in growing rail expertise for members newer to the industry utilizing internal Subject Matter Experts (SME's);
  • To create better understanding and build positive relationships between DGAC members, railroads and the regulatory community.
  • Sharing Best Practices, Inspection and Enforcement information across Membership
DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.


Subcommittee on Vessel Shippers’ Challenges (INTEREC)

This ad hoc subcommittee will discuss challenges commonly encountered by shippers of dangerous goods by vessel, share information and best practices, and where feasible, seek mutually satisfactory solutions by engaging in meaningful dialog with outside entities.

DGAC Member? Join the group HERE.