Who Needs This Training ?

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code, Paragraph requires ‘all shore-side staff engaged with the transport of dangerous goods intended to be transported by sea to receive training commensurate with their responsibilities’. The Code in paragraph gives examples of the personnel who almost certainly require awareness training to some degree. It is left to the employer to decide exactly what is required to satisfy the requirements.  It suggests that training may be required by shore-based personnel that :

  • Identify & classify dangerous goods shipments
  • Pack, mark, label or placard dangerous goods
  • Load and unload transport units, containers and ships
  • Prepare documentation
  • Accept and handle dangerous goods shipments
  • Prepare stowage plans
  • Are otherwise involved in the transport of dangerous goods as determined by the competent authority


Clearly this is not an exhaustive list and once again it is left to the employer to decided exactly what is required, remembering of course that training records are liable for inspection at any time by the ‘Competent Authority’.

Additional guidance on recommended training can be found in paragraph in the IMDG Code.