In the 2002 edition of the IMDG Code, training was introduced for the first time. The training requirements have become mandatory starting with Amendment 34-08. The IMO Member Governments recognised that the safe transport of dangerous goods by sea is dependent upon the appreciation, by all persons involved, of the risks involved and on a detailed understanding of the IMDG Code requirements. For this reason, properly planned and maintained initial and re-training programmes for all persons concerned with the transport of dangerous goods are recommended.

These training requirements highlight the need for all shore-based personnel involved in the shipment of dangerous goods to receive training commensurate with their responsibilities.  The IMDG Code defines shore-based personnel as those who:

  • classify dangerous goods and identify PSNs
  • pack dangerous goods in packages
  • mark, label or placard dangerous goods
  • pack/unpack containers
  • prepare transport documents
  • offer dangerous goods for transport
  • accept dangerous goods for transport
  • handle dangerous goods in transport
  • prepare dangerous goods loading/stowage plans
  • load/unload dangerous goods in transport
  • carry dangerous goods in transport
  • enforce, survey or inspect for compliance with applicable rules and regulations

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