The laws on dangerous goods state that
no one shall handle, offer for transport or
transport dangerous goods unless they are
trained or they work in direct contact with
someone who is trained.
Carriers are responsible to make sure
their employees have the proper training
to work safely with dangerous goods.
This usually means a formal in-house
training program to earn a Dangerous
Goods Training Certificate. This certificate
shows that the employee has successfully
completed the training. Carriers can
provide their own training or may hire
someone to do the training for them.
However, in all cases, the employer must
be satisfied with the training, and sign
the certificate of training indicating that
the driver has successfully completed the
dangerous goods course.
A driver of dangerous goods is required
by law to produce a certificate of training, if
asked to by a dangerous goods inspector.
What is a
There are nine hazard classes of
dangerous goods. Within some classes
there are divisions.
1.1 A substance or article that
††††† explodes as a mass.
1.2 A substance or article with a fragment
††††† projection hazard, but not a mass
††††† explosion hazard.
1.3 A substance or article that has a fire
††††† hazard along with either a minor blast
††††† hazard or a minor projection hazard or
††††† both, but not a mass explosion hazard.
1.4 A substance or article that presents
††††† no significant hazard, with explosion
††††† effects that are largely confined to the
††††† package and no projection or
††††† fragments of appreciable size or range
††††† are to be expected.
1.5 A very insensitive substance that has
††††† a mass explosion hazard like those
††††† substances in 1.1.
1.6 An extremely insensitive substance
††††† that can have a mass explosion hazard
††††† like those substances in 1.1.
2.1 A flammable compressed gas.
2.2 A non-flammable, non-toxic
††††† compressed gas.
2.3 A toxic compressed gas.†