Imdg Training In Nh

Written by Shirley Parker
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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established nine classes of hazard for dangerous goods to be shipped by sea. Goods in each of these classes must have specific identifying labels affixed to them. Normally, these labels are four inches square (though they are diamond shaped), but smaller packages are permitted to display smaller labels, appropriate to their size.

Different colors and different symbols denote the type of hazardous material that is within the container. Hazard class number must appear on the label, usually with its symbol, but additional text is optional, except for Class 7 (radioactive) substances, where descriptive text related to category is required. IMO's nine classes of hazard for dangerous goods also include appropriate subcategories:

1 Explosives
2.1 Flammable Gas
2.2 Non-Flammable Gas
2.3 Poison Gas
3 Flammable Liquids
4.1 Flammable Solids
4.2 Spontaneously Combustible
4.3 Dangerous When Wet
5.1 Oxidizers
5.2 Organic Peroxide
6.1 Poison/Toxic Liquids & Solids
7 Radioactives
8 Corrosive Materials
9 Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials

Other labeling and shipping paper requirements also apply, including identifiers such as the UN number for universal emergency response recognition. Dangerous materials may qualify for more than one classification, but can only be assigned to one. However, the additional labels for each hazardous characteristic need to be applied to the packaging.

How Countries Utilize IMDG Regulations

IMO governs maritime shipments while ICAO/IATA govern shipments by air, with United Nations' recommendations forming the underlying framework for their shipping requirements. Most countries have also adopted UN recommendations, although additional internal agencies like DOT also govern shipping. Private carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL are entitled to add their own additional rules for the safety and protection of their employees.

If your business needs help meeting all IMDG regulations, you can enroll yourself, your managers, or all your workers in an IMDG training course. These courses, offered by accredited safety training schools, cover all topics regarding the handling, shipping, and classification of dangerous maritime goods. This will help to minimize the possibility of an accident or other preventable situation. You can also arrange for on-site training, where a training service will come to your place of business and educate your entire staff.


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