Committed to the Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials

LKW transports NIVEA products

The United Nations (UN) are working to guarantee the globally uniform handling and above all safe transportation of hazardous goods and materials, regardless of whether these are freighted by sea, rail, air, or road. To this end, the UN have established strict regulations governing the packaging, labeling and transportation of hazardous goods. These regulations apply to the respective means of shipment and are implemented as applicable and binding national law.

NIVEA deos and their labels

At Beiersdorf, we have been active on an industry association level for many years in helping to shape the relevant regulations for hazardous goods. While finished cosmetic goods such as facial care products are largely unregulated, aerosol cans are not. In the 2017 versions of the regulations for hazardous goods via all freight channels, the details of the freight-packaging requirements were modified in such a way that the transportation of full aerosol cans – as well as empty ones, following collection for recycling – can be carried out safely and correctly.

palettes of NIVEA deodorants

The European Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EWG governs the manufacture, filling and marketing of safe aerosol dispensers in Europe. A focus of our work in 2016 was to play our part in ensuring that “timely adjustments to match technological progress” were carried out. This concerned securing approval for higher fill pressures for compressed propellants, as well as comprehensive safety requirements for aerosol containers made of synthetic materials.