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Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air

Online Training Certification Course

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This online course satisfies all air transport carrier dangerous goods by air requirements including FedEx and UPS. It covers how to use the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, shipper and operator responsibilities, and the proper methods to safely identify, document, package, mark, label, handle, and load individual classes of dangerous goods.

Organizations that ship HAZMAT and other dangerous goods by air must comply with the IATA's safety training requirements. IATA dangerous goods training is required for any employee involved in the packing, marking, labeling, shipping, loading, transporting, or accepting of hazardous materials and dangerous goods for shipment by air.

Many dangerous goods can be transported safely by air if the articles or substances are packed properly and quantities are limited. However, without proper IATA shipping training, the hazardous properties of dangerous goods can adversely affect the safety of the crew, passengers, aircraft, and even nearby communities and the environment.

This dangerous goods certification course covers important topics related to IATA DGR training. It emphasizes hazard awareness, shipper and operator responsibilities, and important safety information for anyone who handles or ships dangerous goods by air. Our IATA training online course includes modules for each of the nine classes of dangerous goods.

This course is for:
IATA DG certification is required for all employees involved in the transport of dangerous goods according to Table 1.5 in the DGR. This includes airline acceptance staff, shippers, packers, and freight forwarders; cargo training and development specialists; ground handling and load control staff involved in the cargo chain; regulatory compliance specialists; operations and station managers; and security screeners. Our online training course ensures that employees understand DGR regulations, the different classification of dangerous substances, and how to avoid adverse hazardous materials incidents.

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Case Study: In May 1996, Valujet Flight 592 caught on fire and crashed into the Everglades approximately 10 minutes after takeoff from Miami International Airport. Both pilots, all three flight attendants, and all 105 passengers were killed.

The plane was loaded with 4,109 pounds of cargo, including baggage, mail, and company-owned material (COMAT). The COMAT consisted of tires, wheels, and five boxes described as containing empty oxygen canisters.

ValueJet had directed their maintenance contractor SabreTech to replace the oxygen generators on three of its planes. The oxygen generators are a component of a plane's passenger emergency oxygen system. An oxygen generator is activated when its retaining pin is removed, which causes a spring-loaded mechanism to strike a percussion cap containing a small explosive charge mounted at the end of the generator. That small explosion provides the energy necessary to start a chemical reaction in the generator oxidizer core, which liberates oxygen gas. The chemical reaction is exothermic, meaning it produces heat.

The five oxygen generators loaded on ValuJet Flight 592 were improperly marked as empty. In addition, they did not have the required safety cap installed, and they were improperly packaged and labeled.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the accident was caused by a fire in the aircraft's cargo compartment, which was initiated by the activation of one or more oxygen generators that were improperly carried as cargo. The contributing factors included the failure of SabreTech to properly prepare, package, and identify unexpended chemical oxygen generators; the failure of ValuJet to properly oversee its contract maintenance program to ensure compliance; and the failure of the FAA to require smoke detection and fire suppression systems in Class D cargo compartments.

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Governing Regulations

The current edition of the IATA DGR contains all applicable regulations for air transport. This online certification course meets the IATA DGR 62nd Edition hazardous goods training requirements for those who are shipping any of the nine classes of dangerous goods.

What You'll Learn

    About This Course
    Course Objectives
    Introduction to Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Philosophy of Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Key Terms and Concepts
  • Dangerous Goods Incidents and Statistics
  • How to Use the DGR
  • Changes to the 61st Edition
  • Basis of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Application of the Regulations
  • Shipper's Responsibilities
  • Operator's Responsibilities
  • Training
  • Adequate Instruction for Shipping Section II Lithium Batteries
  • Security
  • Forbidden Dangerous Goods
  • Hidden Dangerous Goods
  • Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew
  • Dangerous Goods Transported by Post
  • Operator's Property Exceptions
  • Excepted Quantities
  • Limited Quantities
  • Variations
  • Packing Groups
  • Shipper's Responsibilities
  • Multiple Hazards
  • Samples
  • Selecting the Proper Shipping Name
  • Using the List of Dangerous Goods
  • Shipper's Responsibilities
  • Overpacks
  • Salvage Packaging
  • General Packing Requirements
  • Specific Packing Instructions
    Packaging Specifications and Performance Tests
  • Codes
  • Markings
  • Requirements for Inner Packagings
  • UN Outer, Single, and Composite Packagings
  • General Testing Requirements
  • Types of Tests
  • Test Reports
  • Specific Testing Requirements
    Marking and Labeling
  • Markings
  • Labels
  • General Label Specifications
  • Hazard Labels
  • Handling Labels
  • Shipper's Declaration
  • Completing the Shipper's Declaration
  • Air Waybill
  • Additional Documentation
  • Acceptance
  • Loading
  • Inspections
  • Provisions for Pilot-in-Command
  • Informing Passengers and Shippers
  • Reporting
  • Document Retention
    Class 1 Explosives
  • Definitions
  • Primary Hazards
  • Six Divisions
  • Thirteen Compatibility Groups
  • Classification
  • Exclusions and Limitations
  • Packing Instructions
  • Labels
    Class 2 Gases
  • Definitions
  • Primary Hazards
  • Three Divisions
  • Exemptions
  • Limited and Excepted Quantities
  • Mixtures and Hazard Precedence
  • Aerosols and Aerosol Dispensers
  • Packing Instructions
  • Packaging Specifications
    Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Definitions
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Liquid Desensitized Explosives
  • Primary Hazards
  • Packing Group Criteria
  • Limited and Excepted Quantities
  • Packing Instructions
    Class 4 Flammable Solids
  • Flammable Solids
  • Self-reactive Substances
  • Desensitized Explosives
  • Division 4.1
  • Division 4.2-Substances Liable to Spontaneous Combustion
  • Division 4.3-Substances Which, in Contact with Water, Emit Flammable Gases
  • Excepted and Limited Quantities
  • Packing Instructions
    Class 5 Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides
  • Oxidizing Substances
  • Organic Peroxides
  • Classification
  • Temperature Controls
  • Desensitization
  • Exceptions, Limitations, and Labels
  • Packing Instructions
    Class 6 Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Toxic Substances
  • Classification of Toxic Substances
  • Classification of Toxic Mixtures
  • Limitations and Labels
  • Infectious Substances
  • Classification of Infectious Substances
  • Exceptions
  • Patient Specimens
  • Medical Devices
  • Biological Products
  • Packing Instructions-Category A Infectious Substances
  • Packing Instructions-Biomedical Waste
  • Packing Instructions-Category B Biological Substances
  • Handling
    Class 7 Radioactive Material
  • Definitions
  • Hazards
  • Limitations
  • Classification
  • Special Form
  • Low Specific Activity (LSA) Material
  • Surface Contaminated Objects (SCO)
  • Fissile
  • Low Dispersible Radioactive Material
  • Subsidiary Risks
  • Packing
  • Before Shipment Requirements
  • General Requirements
  • Excepted Packages
  • Industrial Packages
  • Type A Packages
  • Type B(U) and B(M) Packages
  • Type C Packages
  • Fissile Material
  • Uranium Hexafluoride
  • Transport Index and Criticality Safety Index
  • Marking
  • Labeling
  • Documentation
  • Competent Authority Certificates
  • Handling
  • Storage and Loading
    Class 8 Corrosives
  • Packaging Group Criteria
  • Limitations
  • Excepted and Limited Quantities
  • Packing Instructions
  • Labels
    Class 9 Miscellaneous
  • Labels
  • Limitations
  • Dry Ice
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Magnetized Material
  • Packing Instructions
  • Documentation
  • Handling
  • Special Provisions
  • Loading
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 6 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

DOT rules require all HAZMAT employees to repeat training in its entirety at least every three years. To remain IATA certified, recurrent dangerous goods training must occur with 24 months of the previous training. Airline carriers may refuse shipments if IATA DGR training has not been completed within the previous 24 months.

If you do not have a copy, you will need to purchase the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Manual both for reference purposes in your day to day shipping operations, and while taking this course.

You can access the "IATA DGR 61st Edition Significant Changes" document from our "Resources" section.

Each student will receive 0.6 CEUs (or 6 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Jin C Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Learned a lot about IATA DG.

Suleidy M Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

This a very useful training. It is well designed and detailed. Thanks for the knowledge!

Levi O Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I feel like in the knowledge check there where a few questions that I felt like were not covered enough in the section. Other than that this was a great course.

R.S. H Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

This was an excellent course.

Ian R Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Cool yo!

Brett D Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

The class was helpful in learning the basics of the rules and regulations.

Michael V Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Very informative. Narrator kept your attention, which is very important. Easy to follow along with the instructor while reading.

Oswaldo V Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Es un curso muy bueno, me permite enfrentar y cumplir a cabalidad lo que exige la ley y/o la IATA frente al manejo de mercancias peligrosas via aerea

Randy G Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I loved it there is just a wealth of information. It is challenging and really makes you think about attention to detail when shipping specific items.

Tim C Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I thought the course was constructed and presented well. I was very please with my experience.

Stephen S Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I thought the course was well put together and easy to follow along. As a refresher course it included all the information that I would expect. The exam was a good recap of the course.

Evelynn B Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Well planned training course. Thank you

Lori H Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Very interesting

Rodney F Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

very informing, have had other training, but not to this depth

Noel M Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

important knowlegde

Eduardo G Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Great course

James K Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Well put together course. No confusing areas and very straight forward.

Jeffrey H Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Thank you for this very effective re-fresher training, it was of the right content, length, and cost...I will be using this again as I am completely satisfied.

Tasha C Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Refresher course was informative and covered all the information contained in the test.

Yahaira A Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

es muy importante, y constructivo.

Sarah A Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

This course is easy to take and readily available when I need my recertification.

Duc H Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Thanks you so much! I!!

Augustine P Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Extremely Informative!!! I really enjoyed the lessons!! I know have thorough knowledge on Dangerous Goods. Thanks!

Alfonso R Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

This is my first time doing an online course this long so my feedback might be of limited use. I thought introducing practice tests helped solidify the material. I think more of those small tests would help in retaining the material more effectively. I thought changing the voices per module helped keep me more focused. Overall a good experience.

Amber V Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I really enjoyed this format. This is my second time taking this class. Thank you!

Stephen F Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Good Class. Test hard enough to make one work for the answers.

Bruce B Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

I enjoyed taking the course.

Kyle D Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Very well explained and organized teaching system.

Dinh M Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

It was a great challenge for me. I enjoy learning.

Mike A Verified
IATA DGR 62nd (2021 Addendum)

Thank you. Great course.



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