Facts About Legal and Industry Requirements

Confusion sometimes arises over dangerous goods/hazmat training requirements in the U.S., especially with airfreight and the application of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Here are the facts concerning the legal requirements for dangerous goods training in the U.S.:

About IATA/CNS Requirements in the U.S.

About GISTnet Hazmat Employee Training

GISTnet offers a variety of courses to meet and/or supplement employer training needs. There are generic courses covering general awareness and security awareness in three versions based on the primary mode of shipment an employee will be involved with (IMDG Code for vessel/through intermodal surface movement; ICAO/IATA rules for airfreight and connecting truck transportation; and, U.S. DOT rules for domestic and Canadian shipment by truck and rail transportation). GISTnet also offers courses specifically for ocean freight forwarders, airfreight forwarders and customs brokers which add job function-specific training, and limited safety training for those who do not work in physical proximity to cargo. These courses cover all or most of the training needed by most people assigned to transportation intermediary jobs (those with physical contact with cargo will need facility-specific safety training, and employers with a security plan will have to separately train affected employees in their security plan.) You can review the content of any GISTnet course by referring to the Course Catalog and viewing a detailed syllabus for each course.

The preparation and delivery of training in dangerous goods requires subject matter expertise, especially when learners have particular interests and questions not sufficiently addressed in the standard course study materials. GISTnet hazmat courses are a collaboration between Steven Hunt, of ShipMate Inc., who provides deep career expertise and considerable training experience in dangerous goods, and Kevin Maloney, of GISTnet, who provides extensive expertise in freight forwarding and the handling of hazmat by forwarders. These experts, with combined knowledge and experience gained over sixty years of hands-on experience with hazmat shipping, continuously monitor feedback and assistance requests from online learners, and typically respond within hours. Making the course authors readily available via "InstaFeedback" messaging throughout the course is another benefit of online learning.

Our hazmat employee qualification courses are demanding. Students regularly tell us they learned more via GISTnet than in prior instructor-led seminar training in hazmat. There are several reason for this:

We have modular DG courses that cover all this. Please email or call us if you have further questions (staff@gistnet.com or +1.310.376.3888).