Online Training Certification Course Shipping Toxic and Infectious Substances by Air
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This online certification course provides required safety training for handling and transport of IATA DGR Class 6 dangerous goods and Class 9 dry ice.
Class 6 includes toxic and infectious substances, which can be among the most dangerous goods if not handled correctly. Dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is a Class 9 dangerous good. It is commonly used in the shipment of toxic or infectious substances that have specific temperature requirements that must be maintained. IATA dry ice training ensures packing guidelines are met to reduce the risk of explosion, suffocation, and contact hazards. Course topics for shipping dry ice training are specific to its use as a refrigerant for the shipping of Class 6 materials.
What are the governing regulations? IATA Class 6 and Class 9 of the Dangerous Goods Regulations govern the shipping of toxic and infectious substances by air with dry ice. This online training course satisfies all carrier requirements for proof of training, including FedEx and UPS.
Who must take this training? All personnel as identified in Table 1.5 A of the DGR must be trained and IATA certified before handling hazardous materials for air transport. 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.
IATA clinical training covers pre-transport functions for shipping Class 6 infectious materials. This may apply to employees at hospitals, medical clinics, labs, and other facilities that handle or transport biohazards. IATA infectious shipping regulations apply to several commonly shipped goods, including medical waste, blood samples, used needles, laboratory cultures, and any substance with the potential to cause transmissible diseases. IATA toxic shipping provisions apply to anyone involved in the handling, packaging, and transport of toxic materials. This includes air shipments of insecticides, pesticides, tear gas, and lead-based compounds.
Case Study: In 1998, a Douglas DC-8-51 cargo plane was preparing for takeoff from Brownsville International Airport when all four crew members became short of breath. The crew responded by using oxygen masks, and the pilot taxied back to the ramp, where the crew was treated. It was determined that the oxygen depletion was caused by a buildup of gaseous CO2 in the cockpit, which originated from numerous containers of dry ice in the cargo hold. Thankfully no one was injured; however, the concentration of CO2 can cause an increased rate of respiration, and eventually, unconsciousness.
According to IATA regulations, employers must provide or verify training for all personnel every two years. Recertification must take place within 24 months of the initial training, except in instances when a relevant authority defines a shorter retraining period.