Updates and Revisions to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

Throughout history the shipping of items has always been considered essential for business, but recently, the health and safety of the consumer has been considered in ways that it would previously have been disregarded. IATA, or The International Air Transport Association has put together a schedule of regulations known as the IATA DGR, or IATA Dangerous Goods regulations. Some of these regulations may seem unnecessary to some, but such rules are in place to ensure the safety of airline passengers as well as tarmac workers who must handle the materials in question. Transportation of certain dangerous materials can be restricted or altogether forbidden depending upon quantities of certain hazardous materials and the level of danger they potentially pose to the public and environment.

Understanding IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

IATA works alongside local governments along with ICAO to develop regulations that will serve to protect the public during their air transit, even if the trip should involve the simultaneous transport of dangerous materials. IATA regulations ensure that these dangerous goods are not only contained but also secure from tampering.

In order to promote the safe transport of goods, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual is currently used as the global reference, recognized by airports and government agencies worldwide. Using the DGR, an effective training program can be manufactured, and a network of accredited training facilities has been established in the name of safe transportation. All in all, these have been designed with the intention of keeping air travel the safest method of transportation in the world for passengers as well as cargo.

The IATA DGR 56th Edition

Effective January 1 2015, the new IATA DGR will see significant changes in efforts to secure safer air transportation. The ultimate goal of the IATA DGR is to render the transportation of dangerous goods just as easy as any other product by increasing technical knowledge as well as training solutions for employees. One of the biggest problems in the past was the fact that many found incentives to pass by established regulations. With those incentives removed in DGR 56, all individuals involved will experience a safer flight.

The IATA Handbook has been used by airlines across the globe for more than fifty years, and it is considered to be the most user friendly reference in the industry. Annual updates and deep consideration into the current state of the industry will help to ease the process for all involved. In addition to that, the DGR covers every possible facet of both domestic and international shipping regulations. Some of the benefits of the manual include:

  • Airline Specific Requirements
  • Proper Shipping Names
  • Labeling Requirements
  • Packing Requirements
  • Training Guidelines
  • UTD Information on Shipping Forms

The IATA is the most complete and most up to date reference manual in the industry, drawing from various trustworthy sources to assist you in documenting, packing, and marking dangerous shipments. When it comes right down to it, while many of these regulations might seem a bit excessive at times, they are in place to help YOU.   IATA helps the industry to standardize shipping practices so that each package regardless of contents will sail through inspections and arrive at the final destination in time. If you haven’t pre-ordered your 56th edition, now would be a great time to start considering it. Check out the website and review the different options available. Text based and CD ROM based books are available for your reading pleasure, and to get your company on the right track.