IATA - Dangerous Goods Regulations

Dangerous products are those products which are hazardous for air transport and a risk to the safety, the environment or the health. Air transport of these materials is strictly regulated.According to IATA/ICAO rules, every person or company that is operating into an airport, must adhere to a minimum of familiarization about the transport, storage and documentation associated with this kind of material. 

These provisions can be found in the manuals ICAO Technical Instructions and Dangerous Goods Regulations published by IATA in Table 1.5.A.Therefore, shippers and packers, freight forwarders, operators and ground handling agents, and security screeners working in the passenger, freight, baggage or mail handling, must receive training in the field of transportation of dangerous goods by air.

Even the persons or companies who operate into an airport but don’t have a direct relations with dangerous materials must be informed about this subject. These provisions can be found in the manual Dangerous Goods Regulations published by IATA in Table 1.5.B

  1. Shippers and persons undertaking the responsibilities of shippers’, including operator’s staff acting as shippers, operator’s staff preparing dangerous goods as Company Materials (COMAT);
  2. Packers;
  3. Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing dangerous goods;
  4. Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing cargo, mail ore stores other than dangerous goods;
  5. Staff of freight forwarders involved in the handling storage and loading of cargo, mail or stores;
  6. Operators and ground handling agent’s staff accepting dangerous goods;
  7. Operators and ground handling agent’s staff accepting cargo, mail or stores other than dangerous goods;
  8. Operators and ground handling agent’s staff involved in the handling storage and loading of cargo, mail or stores;
  9. Passenger handling staff;
  10. Flight crew members and loading planners;
  11. Crew members other than flight crew member;
  12. Security staff who deal with the screening of passengers and their baggage and cargo, mail or stores, e.g. security screeners, their supervisors and staff involved in implementing security procedures.

The 12 Training Categories in Detail!

The training categories according to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR) and are shown in the IATA DGR Table 1.5.A.

Here you can find detailed information on the training categories, such as:

  • Duration of training
  • General information
  • Training content
                                                                                                                                                          TABLE : 1.5 A
Aspects of transport of dangerous goods by air with which the staff should be  
familiar, as a minimum
Shippers
and Packers
Freight      ForwardersOperators
and Ground Handling  Agents
Security
Screeners
Category
123456789101112
 General PhilosophyXXXXXXXXXXXX
 LimitationsX XXXXXXXXXX
 General requirements for shippersX X  X      
 ClassificationXXX  X     X
 List of dangerous goodsXXX  X   X  
 General packing requirementsXXX  X      
 Packing instructions XXX  X      
 Labelling and markingXXXXXXXXXXXX
 Shipper’s Declaration and other relevant
documentation 
X XX XX     
 Acceptance procedures      X      
 Recognition of Undeclared Dangerous
Goods 
XXXXXXXXXXXX
 Storage and loading procedures    XX X X  
 Pilots’ notification     X X X  
 Provisions for passengers and crew XXXXXXXXXXXX
 Emergency proceduresXXXXXXXXXXXX
NOTE: ‘X’ indicates aspects to be familiar with.

                                                                               TABLE 1.5 B

Aspects of transport of dangerous goods by air with which the staff should be familiar, as a minimumOperators and Ground Handling Agents
Category
1314151617
 General PhilosophyXXXXX
 LimitationsXXXXX
 Labelling and markingXXXXX
 Shipper’s Declaration and other relevant documentation X    
 Recognition of Undeclared Dangerous Goods XXXXX
 Provisions for passengers and crew XXXXX
 Emergency proceduresXXXXX
NOTE: ‘X’ indicates aspects to be familiar with.