SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, and SAP S/4HANA for Product Compliance | 2022 release – Part 2
The most widely applied regulation concerns the transport of dangerous goods. Dangerous goods, abbreviated as DG, are substances that, when transported, present a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment.
In the following blog – part 2, I will give you an engineering expert view of some selected highlights of our SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, and SAP S/4HANA for Product Compliance | 2022 release, to show you how you can improve the management of dangerous goods to monitor the applicable regulations and to ensure a legally compliant transport of your dangerous goods.
The blog is built as a series of 3 parts and presents the key highlights:
- Part 1: Product Marketability and Chemical Compliance
- Part 2: Dangerous Goods Management
- Part 3: Safety Data Sheet and Label Management
Regulatory content update 2022: dangerous-goods management
In Dangerous Goods Management, a compliance requirement contains data for a specific dangerous goods regulation. The compliance requirements are delivered as regulatory content for dangerous goods. With this feature, the regulatory content is updated and enhanced.
Picture 1: Remain up to date with the latest compliance requirements
With this new 2022 release, the following new data is included in the compliance requirement versions:
Four new compliance requirement versions are delivered:
- ANTT 2021, IATA-DGR 2022, NCh382 2021, UNRTDG 2021
Nine list data with enclosure-specific information are included for the following compliance requirement versions:
- ADN 2021, ADR 2021, CFR 49 as of May 11th 2020, IATA-DGR 2022, IMDG Code 2020, NOM-002-SCT/2011, RID 2021, TDG 2020, UNRTDG 2021
Six extensions of existing compliance requirement versions with organic peroxide list for:
- ADN 2021, ADR 2021, IMDG Code 2020, RID 2021, TDG 2020, UNRTDG 2021
Six extensions of existing compliance requirement versions with self-reactive substance list for:
- ADN 2021, ADR 2021, IMDG Code 2020, RID 2021, TDG 2020, UNRTDG 2021
A total of 14 compliance requirements for dangerous goods management is embedded:
UNRTDG, IMDG Code, IATA-DGR, ADR, RID, ADN, CFR 49, TDG, NOM, ANTT, NCh382, ADG, NZS, SANS
The compliance requirements delivered as content by SAP must be activated before you can use them in your dangerous good-relevant business processes.
You can activate the compliance requirements using the Activate Compliance Requirements – Dangerous Goods app. With this app and with the Manage Compliance Requirements – Dangerous Goods app, you can also view the data contained in the SAP-delivered compliance requirements.
After you have activated the compliance requirements, assign them to dangerous goods-relevant compliance purposes using the Manage Compliance Purposes app.
You can find more information about the delivered SAP content for dangerous goods in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance. See SAP Content for Dangerous Goods Management.
Support of Special Provision 23 (Toxic by Inhalation) for TDG
With this new 2022 release, special provision 23 (toxic by inhalation) of the TDG regulation is supported in the dangerous goods classification process for unpackaged and packaged products.
In the classification process for unpackaged products, you can now select the Toxic by Inhalation flag when classifying unpackaged products according to the TDG regulation. If special provision 23 is assigned to a UN number in the dangerous goods list entry in the compliance requirement representing the TDG regulation, the system sets the Toxic by Inhalation flag, automatically.
If the Toxic by Inhalation flag is set for a product, the system automatically adds the toxic by inhalation text when generating the description of the dangerous goods for the unpackaged product. When generating the marking texts for the packaged product, the system adds the inhalation hazard text.
To support the classification process, the description templates in the compliance requirements for dangerous goods are adapted and new placeholders are delivered.
Picture 2: Support of “Toxic by Inhalation” (Special Provision 23) in TDG.
Support of Special Provision 188 for Batteries
Due to their dual hazard properties associated with their chemical and electrical content, Li-ion batteries (UN 3480), as well as Li-ion batteries contained in equipment or packed with equipment (UN 3481), are classified under CLASS 9 Dangerous Goods.
Now with this new 2022 release, the special provision 188 for batteries in the dangerous goods classification process for packaged products is supported.
Picture 3: Make efficient use of dangerous-goods exemptions to save costs.
Enhancements in packaged, dangerous goods classification include the ability to:
- Assign special provision 188 to batteries classified as UN 3090, UN 3091, UN 3480, UN 3481
- Automatically derive the description of the dangerous goods for special provision 188
- Create correct labels if special provision 188 is assigned
Enhancements in dangerous goods compliance requirements include:
- New placeholders to build the description templates for special provision 188
- Delivery of new description templates to support special provision 188
- Enhanced description template rules to support special provision 188
In the classification process for packaged products, you can now select special provision 188 in the Applied Special Provision / Exemption field for batteries classified as UN 3090, UN 3091, UN 3480, UN 3481. The system automatically generates the description of the dangerous goods for special provision 188 and determines the correct labels if special provision 188 is assigned.
To support the classification process, the description templates in the compliance requirements for dangerous goods are adapted, new placeholders are added, and new selection rules for the description templates are delivered.
You can find more information about description templates in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance.
Transport permission determination based on enclosure-specific dangerous goods list data
With this new 2022 release, the system automatically determines the transport permission for packaged dangerous goods based on enclosure-specific dangerous goods list data provided with the compliance requirements for dangerous goods.
Picture 4: Provide support in the determination of transport permission to comply with dangerous goods regulations.
When classifying packaged products according to dangerous goods regulations, you have to select an enclosure variant and set the transport permission for this enclosure variant in the Specify Enclosure Variant popup. In this popup, a new entry is added for determining the transport permission from the regulatory list. If the system doesn’t find an entry for the selected enclosure variant, the system sets the transport permission to forbidden. However, you can change the transport permission, determined by the system, if needed.
Note that this feature is supported only for the dangerous goods regulations for which enclosure-specific list data is available. This data is included in the following compliance requirement versions:
- ADN 2021
- ADR 2021
- CFR 49 as of May 11th 2020
- IATA-DGR 2022
- IMDG Code 2020
- RID 2021
- TDG 2020
- UNRTDG 2021
You can find more information on how to classify products according to dangerous goods regulations in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance. See Dangerous Goods Assessment.
Supporting marking text for dangerous-goods packages
Marking and labeling are important steps when preparing a dangerous good package for transportation. Labels often communicate the hazards associated with the package, and markings ensure the shipment is handled so that spills, accidents, and exposure are prevented.
With the 2022 release, marking texts are supported in the dangerous goods classification process of packaged products.
Picture 5: Provide dangerous-goods marking texts for packaging to comply with dangerous goods regulations.
Marking texts are descriptions containing information about a dangerous good and must be clearly and durably affixed on the package. With this new 2022 release, you can determine the applicable marking texts automatically or you can enter them manually when classifying package products according to dangerous goods regulations.
To support the marking texts, the description templates in the compliance requirements for dangerous goods are adapted, new placeholders are added, and new selection rules for the description templates are delivered.
You can find more information about description templates in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance. See Templates for Dangerous Goods Descriptions.
Support of dangerous goods for organic peroxides and self-reactive substances in a classification process
With this release, you can use the name of organic peroxides and of self-reactive substances as stated on the regulatory lists as technical names in the dangerous goods basic description for unpackaged products.
Picture 6: Assign listed names with the flexibility to improve compliance.
When classifying an unpackaged product according to dangerous goods regulations, you can add technical names if required by the regulation. If you select an organic peroxide or a self-reactive substance as the technical name, the system automatically uses the name from the regulatory lists for organic peroxides and self-reactive substances and generates the basic dangerous goods description with the correct names.
The names for organic peroxides and self-reactive substances are delivered with the regulatory content for dangerous goods for the following compliance requirement versions:
- ADN 2021
- ADR 2021
- IMDG Code 2020
- RID 2021
- TDG 2020
- UNRTDG 2021
Enhancements in unpackaged dangerous goods classification include:
- Ability to assign the legally enforced organic peroxide list names as technical names
- Ability to assign the legally enforced self-reactive substance list names as technical names
- System indication in the value help of technical names, based on the selected UN number, of appropriate:
- Organic peroxide
- Self-reactive substance
- Automatic system generation of selected basic dangerous-goods information
Mass reclassification of unpackaged and packaged dangerous goods
Dangerous goods regulations like ADR, IATA, and IMDG are periodically updated. You, as a dangerous goods expert, have a transition period in which you have to check the changes and, if necessary, reclassify your products according to the new version of the regulation.
To support you in the reassessment process, the system automatically creates classification requests for the affected unpackaged products after a new version of a compliance requirement that represents a dangerous goods regulation has been activated. You can check and release the classification according to the new version of the regulation using the Manage Regulation Updates – Unpackaged Products app.
After you’ve released your classification for an unpackaged product, the system automatically creates classification requests for the packaged products that are assigned to the unpackaged product. You can find the classification requests for the packaged products in the Manage Regulation Updates – Packaged Products app.
In both apps, you can view the affected products and their dangerous goods assessments for all active versions of a compliance requirement (dangerous goods regulation). The apps display the assessments that are in status Released or In Progress. You can compare the existing classification data and for products that you don’t need to reclassify, you can select one or multiple assessments in progress and release them all together.
Picture 7: Improve the efficiency of updates for unpackaged and packaged products when new versions of dangerous goods regulations are published.
Ability to reclassify all dangerous goods classifications in the event that a new version of dangerous-goods regulation is activated for:
- Unpackaged products
- Packaged products
You can find more information about the reassessment of dangerous goods and the related apps in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance. See Reassessing Products After Dangerous Goods Regulation Updates
Provision of dangerous goods data for transportation management SOAP Services
This feature enables you to provide dangerous goods data electronically within a SOAP service for subcontracting road and rail freight orders and ocean and air cargo freight bookings to freight forwarders for dangerous goods-relevant products to support external transportation management planning.
Picture 8: Prevention of the execution of transports containing non-compliant products.
With this feature, you can use the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) function to provide dangerous goods data electronically within a SOAP service for subcontracting road and rail freight orders and ocean and air cargo freight bookings to freight forwarders.
Dangerous goods data is part of the following message EDIs:
The EDI segment for dangerous goods data is filled when you send a freight order or a freight booking that contains dangerous goods to the freight forwarder.
In addition, a new structure is added to the EDI segment for dangerous goods data. The structure contains data for the applicable dangerous goods regulations that are determined in dangerous goods checks carried out in transportation documents.
You can find more information about the dangerous goods EDI structure in the Product Assistance for Product Compliance. See Provision of Dangerous Goods Data Through EDI
Integration of dangerous goods checks into Transportation Management
Compliance with dangerous goods regulations is an important component of product compliance to ensure the safe transportation of dangerous goods. With this feature, you can check whether your compliance-relevant products can be transported by rail, ocean, or air cargo. If no compliant transport is possible, the system blocks the business documents to prevent you from planning noncompliant transportation demands and also from carrying out transports that contain non-compliant products.
With this 2022 release, dangerous goods checks are now integrated into transportation documents for rail, ocean, and air cargo transport.
To support your compliance with dangerous goods regulations, dangerous goods checks are now integrated into the processing of the following transportation documents for rail, ocean, and air cargo transport:
- Freight Unit
- Freight Oder
- Air Freight Booking
If a product has been marked as relevant for compliance in the product master, the system checks dangerous goods data as the transportation document is created or edited. If an item in the document has been classified as a dangerous good, the system also checks if all necessary dangerous goods data is available and whether transportation of the product is allowed, forbidden, or restricted. Depending on the outcome of this check, the system issues warnings or blocks the document.
For more information about the dangerous goods checks from the transportation point of view, see Dangerous Goods Processing Based on Product Compliance for Ocean and Air Freight
For more information about the dangerous goods checks, see Dangerous Goods Check in Transportation Management.
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