DG Packaging: Mock Testing Procedures

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How to perform dangerous goods (DG) packaging mock testing is one of the most common questions we hear in industry.

“How do I know if my packaging will pass DG testing before I submit it to the lab?”

This is a very fair question since failed testing can lead to project delays, over-drawn project budget, agitated upper management, and added stress to the Project Manager.

With some quick in-house mock testing, companies can save a of of time and money.

Below are our downloadable links to some basic mock testing procedures. Companies may use these to validate their packagings before submitting them to the laboratory for formal analysis.


Drop Testing

Drop testing jerrycans
Drop testing drums
Drop testing fibreboard boxes
Drop testing bags

Pressure Testing

Pressure testing jerrycans and drums

Stack Testing

Stack testing jerrycans and drums
Stack testing fibreboard boxes

Inner Packaging Testing

Testing inner packagings


The codes

The DG packaging mock test methods in this document are modelled on those in the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code)and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNRDG), Chapter 6.1.5.


General guidance

When using these procedures, it’s important to note that:

Mock testing on one package means nothing as it may give an out-lying result. You need to test on many samples to create reliable data. The more samples you test, the more reliable your data.
It’s prudent to over-test your package before submitting. This can be achieved by exceeding the test requirements and/or performing many tests on one package.
The more measurement, control, and repeatability of your tests, the better.
The closer to laboratory conditions of your tests, the better.



If you need more information regarding DG packaging mock testing then please contact us. We’d love to share our insights. Email: info@auscompliancelab.com

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