The transportation of dangerous goods is controlled and governed by a variety of different regulatory regimes, operating at both the national and international levels.
The complexity of dangerous goods classifications and regulations render compliance a particularly difficult task.
SAP Dangerous Goods Management (SAP EHS DG) covers the functionalities of maintaining dangerous goods regulation information for certain products. It also provides a robust integration with SAP logistics module which is using this data to implement business functions, checks and balances. Last but not the least, this module also helps in generating certain dangerous goods transport documents which are as per prevalent regulations worldwide.
Fig: A typical data model representing a set of regulatory data for a unique UN number (UN Listed substance)
The SAP system uses the enhancement in the material master and the data from the substance database for the efficient and error free maintenance of the Dangerous goods data. The Dangerous goods master provides all the required data for the sales and logistics purpose.
The Dangerous Goods Master Data can be maintained manually or by an automatic process called filling. All the legal data and the regulations related with the transport are maintained in the UN listed substance and during filling process, all these data are copied to the master.
In the SAP EHS system, the Dangerous goods checks are integrated into the SD process. The documents in delivery and transport are the start for the checks. Checks can be carried out manually or automatically.
This relates to the generation of dangerous goods documents as per law and printing other data on paper or as EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). Features from the SD module are used for this purpose. The delivery document and the packaging list are extended to include the Dangerous goods data.
The Dangerous Goods Management has integrations with MM, SD, EH&S Management and Product Safety modules.