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Transit Depots

Transit depots include ports, airports, freight forwarders' yards and rail depots. Substances that are in transit and are awaiting delivery to their final destination can be held in transit depots for up to three days, provided that they are in closed containers and all containers stay shut. The substances in cannot be sold or stored for supply. Transit depots can hold and handle large quantities of a wide range of substances and careful management is needed.


Your responsibilities

What you need to do to comply with HSNO will depend on the hazardous substances you hold at your transit depot.


Codes of practice

Codes of practice are an approved means of complying with the legislation. They are designed to help you eliminate or minimise the risk associated with hazardous substances. The codes below are relevant to transit depots in particular:


Environmental awareness

Careful management of hazardous substances is important to protect both people and the environment. Consider changing your hazardous substances to ones with lesser hazards. Also, be aware of products with the ecotoxic GHS symbol on the label – this means that it’s hazardous to the environment.


Last updated 30 August 2014


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.