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  • Regulations for all modes of transport (IMO IMDG, ICAO TI, ADR, CFR 49, etc...) include a requirement to train the staff related to the transport of dangerous goods. The statements and tables included in all of them are designed around the job title and are subject-matter driven.

    As of late, a new paradigm is appearing: Competency-Based Training (CBT).

    Competency-Based Training

     

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    Users of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations have received a nice surprise in this 55th edition. As it is explained in page xxiv, IATA has decided to include a new Appendix H that provides the detail of the changes that will come into effect as of 1 January 2015 based on the adoption of the changes arising from the 18threvised edition of the UN Model Regulations as well as the changes that have been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous GoodsPanel for inclusion into the 2015 – 2016 Technical Instructions.

     

    iata dgr 55th edition

     

    These changes include (verbatim from the IATA DGR):

     

    • Addition of new provisions for adsorbed gases, including new UN entries and packing instruction;
    • Addition of new proper shipping namesSafety deviceselectrically initiated andSafety devices, pyrotechnic which replace the proper shipping names for air bag inflators, air bag modules and seat-belt pretensioners;
    • Addition of new provisions for Uranium hexafluoride in excepted packages including assignment into Class 8 and packing instruction;
    • Anumber of new and modified special provisions;
    • Clarification on the minimum dimensions and format of dangerous goods marks and labels;
    • A number of modifications to Section 10 to align to the new provisions in the IAEARegulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2012 edition (SSR-6).

     

    It is clear that the availability of this information will facilitate the adaptation to the new rules for all air transport industry participants. It seems that we will all have time enough to adapt our procedures to comply with IATA DGR 2015. No excuses!

     

  • As technology advances and new types of dangerous goods are shipped, the measures that must be taken to prevent risks evolve, and so do the regulations. That is why, for example, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) are updated every year.

    However, sometimes some measures cannot wait until next January to be applied. This is the case of the recent restrictions approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on certain lithium batteries shipments. The risks of lithium batteries catching fire during transport cannot be ignored and several provisions have been modified to exercise a greater degree of caution. New addenda have been published in order to add these changes, which come into effect on April 1st 2016, to the ICAO's Technical Instructions and the IATA DGR.

    Regulatory changes for lithium batteries air shipments (April 2016)

     

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