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Who Needs This Training?

The legislation recognises 12 categories of staff and specifies the training they must receive.

  1. Shippers and persons undertaking the responsibilities of shippers, including operator’s staff acting as shippers, operators staff preparing dangerous goods as Company Materials (COMAT)
  2. Packers
  3. Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing dangerous goods
  4. Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing cargo, mail or stores (other than dangerous goods)
  5. Staff of freight forwarders involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo, mail or stores
  6. Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff accepting dangerous goods
  7. Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff accepting cargo, mail or stores (other than dangerous goods)
  8. Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff responsible for the handling, storage and loading of cargo, mail or stores and baggage
  9. Passenger handling staff
  10. Flight crew members and load planners
  11. Crew members (other than flight crew members)
  12. Security staff who deal with the screening of passengers and crew and their baggage and cargo or mail e.g. security screeners, their supervisors and staff involved in implementing security procedures

 Shippers & packers Freight ForwardersOperators and ground handling agents Security screeners
Aspects of transport of dangerous goods by air with which they should be familiar, as a minimum 123456789101112
General philosophy ************
Limitations ***********
General requirements for shippers ***
Classification*****
List of dangerous goods *****
General packing requirements****
Packing instructions ****
Labelling and marking ************
Shippers declaration & other relevant documentation *****
Acceptance procedures *
Recognition of Undeclared Dangerous Goods ************
Storage and loading procedures ****
Pilot’s notification***
Provisions for passengers and crew ************
Emergency procedures************

Notes:

  1. Depending on the responsibilities of the person, training may vary from the minimum shown in the table.
  2. The categories of personnel identified in the table are not all encompassing. Personnel employed by or interacting with the aviation industry in areas such as passenger and cargo reservation centres, and engineering and maintenance, except when acting in a capacity identified in the table, should be provided with dangerous goods training in accordance with paragraph 1.5.
  3. Shippers’ include manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, services providers, etc

As a rule of thumb, full training is required by anyone who classifies Dangerous Goods for shipment, decides on packaging and labelling, prepares the Shipper’s documentation or completes acceptance checks prior to carriage.