Who Should Attend?
AIR (IATA) – Legislation requires that all staff involved in the packing, documentation or handling of dangerous goods by air complete a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved training course. This requirement is met by attending a Dangerous Goods by Air Certificate course. Your certificate must then be revalidated at intervals of no longer than 2 years by completing a refresher course and successfully passing the CAA exam.
SEA (IMDG) – The regulations require that all shore based staff involved with the transport of dangerous goods by sea receive training. This includes those who prepare documentation, classify, pack, mark, label and prepare shipments of dangerous goods.
ROAD (ADR) – Training is required for all staff who may classify, pack, mark, or label dangerous goods which will be consigned by road.
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 :
- Tank-container/portable tank operator
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.
Students requiring only a DG by Road Certificate should not attend this course but book on a full 2-day DG by Road course. Similarly, students requiring only a DG by Sea Certificate should attend a full 2- day DG by Sea course.
On passing the end-of-course exams, three separate certificates will be issued (including a DG by Air Certificate fully recognised by the UK CAA)
Days 1–3: IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, dangerous goods lists, classification, prohibitions, limited quantities, packing instructions, marking and labelling, shipper’s responsibilities, carrier and government exceptions, carrier’s responsibilities, documentation, checks, CAA examination.
Day 4: ADR Regulations, specific requirements for sea transport, assessment.
Day 5: IMDG Regulations, specific requirements for road transport, assessment.
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)