Online Training & Certification Course Shipping Dry Ice, Lithium Batteries, and Magnetized Materials by Air
This online course 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. It also contains a module for Class 9 dangerous goods which takes a step-by-step approach to identifying the specific requirements for proper handling and transportation.
What are the governing regulations? Shipping dry ice, shipping lithium batteries, or magnetized materials by air is governed by the IATA Class 9 Dangerous Goods Regulations.
This online course satisfies all air carrier requirements for proof of training, including FedEx and UPS.
Who must take this training? According to the IATA DGR: Training must be provided or verified for all personnel as identified in Table 1.5.A (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 September of 2010, a UPS Boeing 747 departed from Dubai International Airport and crashed en route to Cologne, Germany. Approximately 22 minutes after takeoff, the fire warning system for the cargo compartments indicated a fire on the main deck. The crew declared an emergency and immediately requested to turn back to Dubai. As the plane prepared for an emergency landing, the crew noted smoke in the cockpit, lack of oxygen, and difficultly reading the instruments. The plane crashed just south of Dubai International Airport. The two crew members were both killed.
Although the exact cause of the fire is unknown, the plane was carrying a large quantity of lithium batteries, as well as other combustible material. It is believed that the lithium batteries contributed to the crash, and this prompted more stringent regulations on lithium batteries.
NOTE: If you are shipping hazardous materials in the United States the FAA (the enforcement agency in the U.S.) requires you to have received DOT Hazardous Materials General and Security Awareness (49 CFR §172.704) training in addition to IATA DGR training.