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Who Needs This Training?

The IATA Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations are very clear that all staff involved with shipping Dangerous Goods: Shippers & Packers, Freight Forwarders, Aircraft Operators & Ground Handlers and Security Screeners, must have an appropriate level of training as identified in Table 1.5.A of the Regulations.

The IMDG & ADR regulations both give examples of the positions that are likely to require dangerous goods training. Those directly involved clearly need specific training to be able to :

  • Identify & classify dangerous goods shipments
  • Pack, mark, label or placard dangerous goods
  • Prepare documentation

 

The IMDG also identifies shore-based staff who :

  • Load and unload transport units, containers and ships
  • Accept and handle dangerous goods shipments
  • Prepare stowage plans
  • Are otherwise involved in the transport of dangerous goods as determined by the competent authority

 

While the ADR offers a non-exhaustive list (apart from Consignor, Carrier and Consignee staff) under the headings of :

  • Loader
  • Packer
  • Filler
  • Tank-container/portable tank operator
  • Unloader

 

Refresher Training :

Both regulations also require that those already trained ‘Must be periodically supplemented with refresher training to take account of changes in the regulations’. Although there is no laid down time scale for this training, the manuals are reissued every two years, so in order to keep abreast of changes to the regulations as required by the ‘competent authority’, we would strongly advise that refresher training should take place at an interval no greater than 2 years.

(On passing the end-of-course exams, three separate certificates will be issued including a Dangerous Goods by Air Certificate fully recognised by the UK CAA)