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What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are substances or materials capable of risking health, safety, property or the environment when transported.


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Is Dangerous Goods Training Required?

Yes! There are regulations requiring everyone who packs, ships or transports diagnostic specimens to be trained regularly. Most diagnostic samples are governed by transport regulations. In order to determine if the substance is regulated, the shipper must be trained to properly classify the sample. If the sample is regulated, additional training is required on the packaging, marking, labeling and documentation for the shipment. Therefore, anyone who classifies, identifies, packs, marks, labels or completes documentation forms for a shipment containing a dangerous good must be trained and certified. International regulations are set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), U.S. DOT 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR), Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, Clear Language Edition (Canadian TDGR), European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID). The training also includes an IATA‐equivalent certificate and covers all of the IATA requirements.

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Failure To Comply May Result In ...

  • Rejected shipments
  • Severe penalties (both civil and criminal)
  • Shipment incidents (exposure to potentially harmful and deadly diseases)
  • Dropped Carriers