IATA DGR Class 5 Oxidizing Substances & Organic Peroxides
Online Training Certification Course Shipping Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides by Air
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This online training course covers the specific requirements for proper handling and transport of IATA HAZMAT Class 5 materials. Class 5 dangerous goods are oxidizing substances and organic peroxides that cause or enhance fire, explosion, and combustion hazards.
Many everyday items are considered Class 5 substances, such as hydrogen peroxide, pool chlorine, bleach, curing agents, polyester resin kits, and more. IATA Class 5 training ensures hazardous materials are transported safely. This protects everyone in the supply chain, as well as the general public, property, and environment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and international regulatory agencies govern the handling and transport of the nine classes of dangerous goods. Shipping oxidizing substances and organic peroxides by air is controlled by the IATA Class 5 Dangerous Goods Regulations. This online certification course satisfies all air carrier requirements for proof of IATA Class 5 training, including FedEx and UPS.
Who must take this training? Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires safety training for every employee involved in handling, packing, labeling, and documenting dangerous goods for transport. According to the IATA DGR, IATA Class 5 certification must be provided or verified for all personnel as identified in Table 1.5 A. 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.
Case Study: In 1998, 2 gallons of 35% hydrogen peroxide solution in water spilled in the cargo compartment of a Northwest airlines flight carrying passengers to Tennessee. The Division 5.2 substance has corrosive properties, and it was packed in two undeclared 1-gallon plastic bottles. The bottles were located in an ice chest in the cargo hold, and they belonged to one of the passengers onboard. The hydrogen peroxide leaked out of the packaging and contaminated three mail sacks and an undetermined number of bags. While unloading the cargo, the handlers thought the spilled liquid was water and transferred some of the contaminated baggage onto another Northwest flight bound for Seattle. By the time the plane landed in Seattle, two bags in the cargo compartment were found smoldering.
Several people were injured as a result of the spill. Thirteen people in Tennessee were treated for skin exposure to hydrogen peroxide, and the handler in Seattle who removed the smoldering bags was treated for exposure to the fumes. The incident cost Northwest more than $40,000, but fortunately none of the injuries were serious.
Anyone involved in the shipping of hazardous goods by air must be IATA certified to do so. IATA regulations require retraining within 24 months of the initial training (or earlier if required by local authority).