Online Training Certification Course Shipping Gases by Air
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The IATA DGR identifies nine classes of dangerous goods. Class 2 dangerous goods are gases, which are divided into three classifications: flammable, non-flammable/non-toxic, and toxic. This online training course presents important safety information for any worker who handles or ships Class 2 gases.
IATA Class 2 training ensures that employees know the proper methods to identify, handle, package, and ship Class 2 dangerous goods. Gases are capable of posing serious hazards due to their flammability, their potential as asphyxiants, their ability to oxidize, and their toxicity or corrosiveness. Common items such as lighters, aerosols, and oxygen canisters can cause fires, explosions, and other violent reactions if they are not handled with care.
What are the governing regulations? Shipping gases by air is governed by the IATA Class 2 Dangerous Goods Regulations. This online certification course satisfies all carrier requirements for proof for IATA shipping gas training, including FedEx and UPS.
Who must take this training? All HAZMAT employees must receive safety training that includes general awareness, function-specific, safety, and security-awareness topics. IATA HAZMAT Class 2 training is required for all personnel responsible for the safe transport of hazardous materials. According to IATA DGR Table 1.5 A, this includes airline cargo acceptance staff, packers and freight forwarders, shippers, cargo training and development specialists, regulatory compliance specialists, ground handling and goods control staff involved in the cargo chain, security screeners, and operations and station managers.
Case Study: A shipment of gas cylinders was shipped from the United Kingdom to Dubai. An explosion occurred after the shipment was unloaded into a warehouse in Dubai, causing minor injuries. An investigation into the explosion determined that the cause was from incompatibly packaged dangerous goods. If the explosion would have occurred on the flight, the consequences could have been catastrophic.
The gas was classified as UN3161, Liquefied gas, flammable, n.o.s., and it was packaged in an aluminum alloy cylinder. However, the gas contained trace amounts of UN 1037, ethyl chloride. According to Packing Instruction 200, aluminum alloy cylinders are not authorized for use with UN 1037. The ethyl chloride reacted with the aluminum alloy, causing severe corrosion, which increased the internal pressure and led to the explosion.
Anyone involved in shipping dangerous goods by air must be IATA certified. Meeting initial and recurrent training requirements is an important part of maintaining this certification. Unless a relevant authority defines a shorter period, the IATA DGR mandates that retraining must take place within 24 months of the previous training.