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Dangerous Goods Training

You want to learn how it works, the shipping of dangerous goods by air, sea or road freight.

We can be all technical in this introductory text and possibly confuse you with the information. We’ll keep it simple.

We’d rather have you participate in one of our training courses where you can actually learn, and understand, how it all works. You’ll learn to apply the information provided in the applicable dangerous goods regulations and codes.

Remember ‘connect-the-dots’ ? Well, it is kind of like that…

If we do our training job well, you’ll remember how to apply it during your day-to-day involvement with the shipping of dangerous goods. And if you have forgotten some details, we are always ready to talk you through it.

What can we teach you? Think of training subjects like:

  • Dangerous goods via Air
  • Dangerous Goods via Sea
  • Dangerous Goods via Road & Rail
  • Transport of Lithium Batteries
  • Road Transport of Radioactive Substances
  • Dangerous Goods Awareness training for warehouse and office staff
  • Dangerous goods in-house training modified to suit your needs. 

Let us know what you need and we will let you know our thoughts on the best training package to meet your requirements.

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AIRFREIGHT

Plug and Play DG Classes

ORP Consultancy offers CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia) approved ‘plug and play’ training programs for dangerous goods by air.

We can adapt the training course to your needs, aim it at the specific dangerous goods class(es) that your company handles.

This eliminates candidates being overloaded with information that has no use and meaning to them and we only focus on the topics and dangerous goods classes they need to know.

The required exam will focus on the DG class(es) chosen (note that after successful completion of the exam the participant is only allowed to process dangerous goods classes as mentioned on the certificate).

The ‘plug and play’ scenario is currently offered as a dedicated customer training course. Contact us if you would like more information.

Infectious Substances

Our approved infectious substances training course focusses on, and is limited to, Class 3 Flammable Liquids, division 6.2 Infectious Substances, Infectious substances category B (UN 3373) and dry ice (UN 1845).

This course will give you the, or refresh your, knowledge to prepare infectious substances for transport by airfreight. 

Lithium Batteries

Lithium is highly volatile and reacts with water by forming lithium hydroxide, a highly flammable hydrogen.

When lithium batteries get wet, and/ or short out, they can ignite and explode. Hazards are the smoke and fumes as well as the gas from fire. It is highly poisonous and potentially deadly.

Our approved Lithium Battery training course will provide you with the knowledge to prepare, pack and document your lithium battery shipments properly for airfreight.

SEA & ROAD FREIGHT

IMDG Amendment 40-20

Amendment 40-20 edition of the IMDG Code may be used on an optional basis from 1 January 2021 until it becomes mandatory on June 1 2022. During this extended transitional period Amendment 39-18 can continue to be used.

Our IMDG 40-20 training program will start in May 2021, keep an eye on our website and the training schedule for the dates.

Dangerous goods training Brisbane - IMDG code 2020

Sea | Shore based personnel

Marine Order 41, governed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), as well as chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code requires general awareness or familiarisation training and function-specific training for shore-based personnel (i.e. shippers, packers, consolidators, freight forwarders).

Our IMDG training course provides you with the knowledge to navigate the IMDG code to pack, mark & label, document and load containers of dangerous goods for transport via sea.

For shippers who only handle a limited amount of dangerous goods classes, we can structure and deliver the IMDG course with only those DG classes in mind. This will result in a ‘fit for purpose’ training program that will best suit your needs as a shipper of dangerous goods via sea freight.

 

Road freight awareness

Our awareness training for dangerous goods via road provides you with the knowledge to navigate the Australian Dangerous Goods Code for road and rail (ADGC) so that you can prepare, pack and document your shipments of dangerous goods via road transport.

This is not an approved course for obtaining a dangerous goods drivers licence! Unfortunately we do not offer approved courses for this purpose.

Road freight | Radioactive Substances

ORP Consultancy’s 1-day Transport of Radioactive Substances via Road course is approved in QLD and WA.

To be able to transport radioactive substances via road, one must hold a valid and current licence issued by the State/Territory Regulator.  This course provides all necessary information for the transport operator to apply for a license to transport radioactive substances in Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA).

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of freight terminology and basic mathematical skills

Course Delivery: Classroom or webinar training

Topics covered in training:

  • Scientific background
  • Basic physics
  • Radioactive decay and Half Life
  • Radio Hazards, Radiation Dose Limits, Radiation Protection
  • Basis of the Regulations for Class 7 and the Regulatory Authorities
  • Classification of Radioactive Substances
  • Types of packages for Radioactive Material
  • Transport Index and Categorisation,
  • Marking and labelling of packages for transport
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Security of Radioactive Sources (basics of RPSC-11)

Upon successful completion of a written exam the participant will be issued a certificate with which the participant can apply for a transport licence with the State regulator.

AWARENESS

Warehouse & Office staff

The dangerous goods awareness course is drafted to your preferences. The course material will specifically focus on the dangerous goods and hazardous chemicals your business deals with. Training topics will include:

  • Recognition of dangerous goods
  • The dangerous goods classes and their hazards
  • The Safety Data Sheet
  • Introduction to dangerous goods transport regulations, Air | Sea | Road
  • Labels & Markings
  • Documentation
  • Storage & incompatible dangerous goods

Dangerous Goods by Air Training Categories - which category am I?

IATA/ICAO Category 1 - Shippers

Shippers and persons undertaking the responsibilities of shipper’s, including operator’s staff preparing dangerous goods as Company Materials (COMAT).

Are you an employee of a shipper and you are involved in the packing and documenting of dangerous goods that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group F’

Did you know that ORP Consultancy has obtained approval from CASA Australia to provide ‘plug and play’ training programs for dangerous goods by air? We can adjust the training course to your needs, aim it at the specific dangerous goods class(es) that your company handles. This eliminates candidates being overloaded with information that has no use and meaning to them, we only focus on the topics and dangerous goods classes they need to know. The required exam will therefor focus on the DG class(es) chosen (note that after successful completion of the exam the participant is only allowed to process dangerous goods classes as mentioned on the certificate). The ‘plug and play’ scenario is currently only offered as a dedicated customer training course.

IATA/ICAO Category 2 - Packers

This category is specifically for persons packing dangerous goods for airfreight.

Are you involved in the packing of dangerous goods that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group F’

Did you know that ORP Consultancy has obtained approval from CASA Australia to provide ‘plug and play’ training programs for dangerous goods by air? We can adjust the training course to your needs, aim it at the specific dangerous goods class(es) that your company handles. This eliminates candidates being overloaded with information that has no use and meaning to them, we only focus on the topics and dangerous goods classes they need to know. The required exam will therefor focus on the DG class(es) chosen (note that after successful completion of the exam the participant is only allowed to process dangerous goods classes as mentioned on the certificate). The ‘plug and play’ scenario is currently only offered as a dedicated customer training course.

IATA/ICAO Category 3 - Staff of Freight Forwarders involved in processing Dangerous Goods

Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing dangerous goods 

Are you an employee of a freight forwarder and you are involved in the processing  of dangerous goods (packing, marking & labelling, DG documentation, AWB creation, DG freight booking) that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group A’

IATA/ICAO Category 4 - Staff of Freight Forwarders involved in processing cargo or mail (other than dangerous goods)

Staff of freight forwarders involved in processing cargo or mail other than dangerous goods 

Are you an employee of a freight forwarder and you are involved in the processing  of cargo or mail, other than dangerous goods that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group B’

IATA/ICAO Category 5 - Staff of Freight Forwarders involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo or mail

Staff of freight forwarders involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo and mail

Are you an employee of a freight forwarder and you are involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo and mail (other than dangerous goods) to be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group E’

IATA/ICAO Category 6 - Operator's and Ground Handling Agent's staff accepting Dangerous Goods

Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff accepting dangerous goods

Are you an employee of an operator (airline) or of a ground handling agent, and you are involved in the processing (acceptance, DG acceptance checks) of dangerous goods that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group A’

IATA/ICAO Category 7 - Operator's and Ground Handling Agent's staff accepting cargo or mail (other than dangerous goods)

Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff accepting cargo and mail (other than dangerous goods)

Are you an employee of an operator (airline) or of a ground handling agent, and you are involved in the processing cargo and mail (not being dangerous goods) that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group B’

IATA/ICAO Category 8 - Operator's and Ground Handling Agent's staff involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo or mail and bagage

Operator’s and ground handling agent’s staff involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo or mail and baggage (other than dangerous goods)

Are you an employee of an operator (airline) or of a ground handling agent, and you are involved in the handling, storage and loading of  cargo, mail and baggage (not being dangerous goods) that will be send via airfreight, then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group E’

IATA/ICAO Category 9 - Passenger Handling Staff

Passenger Handling Staff

Are you involved with the handling of passengers for air travel (i.e. check-in staff), then this is your category.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group E’

IATA/ICAO Category 10 - Flight Crew Members, loadmasters, load planners and flight operations officers/flight dispatchers

Flight Crew Members, loadmasters, load planners and flight operations officers/flight dispatchers.

Is your job role one of the above mentioned roles, then this is the category for you. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group C’

IATA/ICAO Category 11 - Crew members (other than Flight Crew Members)

Crew members (other than flight crew members)

Are you a crew member but not one of the roles mentioned under category 10, then this is the category for you. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group D’

IATA/ICAO Category 12 - Security Staff

Security staff who deal with the screening of passengers and crew and their baggage and cargo or mail.

Are you involved with the screening of passengers and crew and their baggage, cargo and mail (i.e. security screener, security screening staff supervisors, staff involved in implementing security procedures), then this is the category for you. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia classifies this category as ‘Employee Group E’

Dangerous Goods by Sea

When do I need training for processing dangerous goods that are transported via sea freight?

An employer of a person, other than a seafarer, engaged in any activity relating to the handling, packing, stowing and carriage of dangerous goods must ensure that the employee is given training, including refresher training, in accordance with Chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code.

Chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code requires general awareness or familiarisation training and function-specific training for shore-based personnel (i.e. shippers, packers, consolidators, freight forwarders).

An employer must also ensure that function-specific training is provided as part of the employee’s training according to her or his responsibilities:

  1. packing dangerous goods in packages;
  2. marking, labelling or placarding dangerous goods;
  3. loading or unloading cargo transport units;
  4. preparing transport documents for dangerous goods.

Training certificates for IMDG training are valid for the specific IMDG amendment training the participant has received. Refresher training shall be undertaken once a new IMDG amendment is in place. 

 

When does IMDG Amendment 40-20 come into effect?

Amendment 40-20 edition of the IMDG Code may be used on an optional basis from 1 January 2021 until it becomes mandatory on June 1 2022.

During this extended transitional period Amendment 39-18 can continue to be used. 

Dangerous Goods by Road

Dangerous Goods Awareness Training

To be able to process dangerous goods for road freight, local regulations stipulate that employers shall have employees successfully instructed in the handling, packing, marking and labelling and documenting of dangerous goods.

This course will provide the participants with the knowledge to apply the current version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code for road and rail.

To ensure participants have successfully undertaken the training, they will have to pass an exam. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the exam.

Bulk Dangerous Goods Drivers License Training

Transporting dangerous goods in bulk via road in Australia requires a Dangerous Goods Drivers Licence.

Unfortunately ORP Consultancy does not provide a training course for Dangerous Goods Drivers Licenses.  

Transport of Radioactive Substances by Road

ORP Consultancy’s 1-day Transport of Radioactive Substances via Road course is approved in QLD and WA.

To be able to transport radioactive substances via road, one must hold a valid and current licence issued by the State/Territory Regulator.  This course provides all necessary information for the transport operator to apply for a license to transport radioactive substances in Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA).

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of freight terminology and basic mathematical skills

Course Delivery: Classroom or webinar training

Topics covered in training:

  • Scientific background
  • Basic physics
  • Radioactive decay and Half Life
  • Radio Hazards, Radiation Dose Limits, Radiation Protection
  • Basis of the Regulations for Class 7 and the Regulatory Authorities
  • Classification of Radioactive Substances
  • Types of packages for Radioactive Material
  • Transport Index and Categorisation,
  • Marking and labelling of packages for transport
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Security of Radioactive Sources (basics of RPSC-11)

Upon successful completion of a written exam the participant will be issued a certificate with which the participant can apply for a transport licence with the State regulator.

Training FAQ's

Do I need to be trained and certified to process dangerous goods for transport?

Yes, for all modes of transport (Air, Sea and Road & Rail) you need to be successfully trained to handle dangerous goods shipments. The way training is conducted may differ for each mode of transport. You will need to be able to show that training has been successfully completed; training sessions are followed by a test, and after successful completion of the test a certificate will be issued. Refresher training is required after a specified period, this is regulated per mode of transport.

If I have a dangerous goods certificate for airfreight, can I handle sea freight as well?

No. Even though parts of the dangerous goods for transport are the same, each mode of transport has its own set of rules, instructions and variations.  

Do you provide in-house training?

Yes, we do. If there is a sufficient number of participants available to make in-house training a viable option for you, we can provide the required training in-house. 

In addition to in-house training we have the option to modify the training to suit the dangerous goods you actually handle. This provides a fit-for-purpose training that will give the participants subject matter they can relate to.

My certificate for dangerous goods by airfreight has expired. Which training program do I need to get certified again?

Once the certificate has expired you are required to take the full 3 day initial acceptance course again.

It is important to monitor your expiry date. You are able to do a 1-day recertification course from 3 months onwards prior to expiry of your certificate, whilst maintaining your date (day-month) of expiry.

If you have done dangerous goods training with us in the past we will send you a message advising you of training expiry so that you can start looking at suitable dates for doing your refresher training.

How does a classroom training course work?

Recently we have opted for the use of laptops. Participants will have access to a laptop during the training sessions. The laptops will have the training materials installed. Training materials include electronic versions of the regulations (IATA DGR, IMDG Code or ADG Code) and participants will be shown how to use these versions. The advantage of electronic versions is that at all times the current version of the regulations is being used (printed regulations need to be checked periodically for amendments issued; amendments to be printed and should be used during training sessions).

The use of electronic versions prevents the disposal of printed copies once they have expired, as well as transport of the publications.

Thousands of shippers & packers, freight forwarders, operators & handling agents and security screeners have successfully undergone dangerous goods training with Orp Consultancy according to their job responsibilities and the regulatory training requirements.

Competent Authority Approvals

CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) Australia (classroom, webinar and online),  approval CASA.DGTNG.0118-4

  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Acceptance (Initial)
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Awareness
  • Dangerous Goods by Air – Refresher
  • Transporting Infectious Substances & Flammable Liquids by Air, Initial & Refresher

 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approvals AP5519, AP5520, AP5664 & AP5665

  • DG by Sea – Full Acceptance Classroom
  • DG by Sea – Full Acceptance Refresher Classroom
  • DG by Sea – Full Acceptance Webinar
  • DG by Sea – Full Acceptance Refresher Webinar