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Hazardous materials training programs are quite rigorous

By Tory Black Subscribe to RSS | January 10th 2012 | Views:

Many accidents and disasters have taken place globally due to mishandling of hazardous materials. These dangerous goods have taken toll on lives and properties in a great way and caused huge losses. The environment has also been affected adversely from the same. To avoid all these uneventful situations, various global organizations have come up with different laws and regulations that need to be strictly followed so that no accidents happen due to these dangerous goods.

There are international organizations that keep a track of transportation of dangerous goods via roadways, airways and waterways respectively. For enhanced safety all the vehicles that carry these materials have a professional in them with adequate hazardous materials training so that they can combat any harsh situation and minimize the effects of loss and disaster. Different kinds of training programs are scheduled for different modes of transportation. IATA (International Air Transport Association) governs the training for hazardous materials transportation via airways, DOT (Department of Transportation) via roadways and IMO (International Maritime Organization) via waterways.

The professionals dealing with hazardous materials need to have a thorough understanding of the materials, their chemical compositions, their reactivity levels and various other things. Knowing these things is important as it becomes easier to understand the way in which the dangerous goods might react and then it becomes easier to tackle and handle the goods to minimize the losses caused by them. Both theoretical and practical lessons are taught in the various hazardous materials training programs. The professionals are made to go through real life disasters in the training programs so that they can have the right feel of the situations that might be caused. Very few people are able to complete the entire training process successfully as it is very tough and rigorous.

There are many institutes that offer hazardous materials training programs to interested candidates. However, make sure that the institute is approved by the IATA, DOT and IMO. Apart from training programs, the personnel should also be aware of the various rules and regulations that need to be followed while transportation of hazardous materials. Changes and amendments are done on regular basis to these rules and regulations to ensure greater safety and security of dangerous goods while transportation. On completion of the training a certificate is provided to the successful candidates and only after that they can participate in various disaster management jobs. Some of the institutes also provide online training facilities to candidates.

Tory Black - About Author:
Tory Black has over 5 years of field and operations experience in transportation, specializing in hazardous materials, dangerous goods and hazardous materials training. Our experienced consultants have first-hand knowledge of security operations. To know more please visit

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