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Code Words, IMDG Code – Hazardous Cargo Bulletin

November 1 / 2014    12:00 pm

Based on nearly five years of experience with its IMDG e-learning courses, Exis Technologies has developed an improved version that will be available in time for the next amendment.

Mandatory training in ithe International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was extended to shoreside staff as from January 2010.  This means that all staff involved in the transport of packaged dangerous goods by sea must receive a specified level of training; this applies to shipping lines’ booking staff, container packers, consolidators, shippers, forwarders and stevedores.

In collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Exis Technologies developed an e-learning course to meet this training requirement.  This online training package has been implemented by 11 of the top 20 container lines and has trained thousands of staff worldwide.

Exis Technologies is now releasing an updated range of training courses to provide more focused and streamlined course offerings.  There is also a new multimodal awareness that covers the requirements of the IMDG Code as well as ADR and RID for European land transport and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations for air transport.

Something for everyone

The new courses will be launched next month.  They all feature increased emphasis on graphics and user interaction to convey key messages, enhancing the learning experience for students and reducing overall study time, Exis says: The new courses are:

Dangerous Goods General Awareness – for staff that need familiarisation with the dangerous goods regulations and an awareness of the duties and responsibilities they impose; it covers the IMDG Code, ADR, RID and IATA;

IMDG Code – Standard – for general shipping personnel such as booking office staff, administrators, customer support and office personnel who require more detailed knowledge of the IMDG Code and dangerous goods shipping requirements;

IMDG Code – Consignor/Freight Forwarder – for personnel with a day-to day role in the consignment of dangerous goods by sea, including those with a managerial, supervisory and/or safety compliance role in organisations involved in consigning dangerous goods;

IMDG Code – Packer/Cargo Handler – for those who pack dangerous goods and/or are involved in loading/unloading cargo transport units; IMDG Code – Ship Loader – for personnel responsible for or directly involved in ship loading/unloading operations;

IMDG Code – Ship Operator – for personnel responsible for or involved with managing the operation of a vessel carrying dangerous goods;

IMDG Code – Advanced – for personnel who require more detailed training on the main aspects of the IMDG Code’s provisions, such as senior dangerous goods managers and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers; and

IMDG Code – Refresher – which provides an update on the latest Amendment for personnel who have already been trained online or in the classroom and have prior knowledge of the provisions of the IMDG Code.

The courses are available for the web or as SCORM content for learning management systems.  The web-based courses provide additional administrator functions that allow a supervisor to set up courses locally, regionally or globally, set study targets, monitor student progress and maintain records.

IMDG Code e-learning is sponsored by the TT Club and supported by the International Cargo Handling Association (ICHCA).

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