Guidance relating to Dangerous Goods
Services such as check-in and baggage handling are contracted to ground handling agents at airports by the operating airlines.
Dangerous goods are routinely carried by passengers in their cabin or checked baggage and on their person and international provisions are in place which, when complied with, ensure that they can be carried safely.
Many items which might appear to be harmless in everyday use can pose dangers wherever they are carried on an aircraft and are consequently forbidden for carriage by passengers either in the cabin or in their checked baggage. Examples of forbidden items include:
fireworks, flares, party poppers, toy caps
mace, camping gas, culinary glazing torches
machines with petrol fuelled engines including those which have been drained, petrol, lighter fluid
car batteries, mercury
The AN(DG)Rs place responsibility for the safe carriage of dangerous goods on all parties involved in the transportation. This is inclusive of ground handling staff who check-in passengers and process baggage.
Anyone involved in the process of sending dangerous goods by air, whether the originator of the goods, the company that packs them or delivers them to the airport, the handling agent and the aircraft operator, has a legal responsibility to ensure that the applicable requirements have been met.
Failure to do so may endanger the aircraft, its occupants or persons handling the dangerous goods and may result in prosecution of the person responsible for the incident.
Lithium batteries - Video of the hazards to flight safety from the improper carriage of lithium batteries
Lithium batteries are very safe, but because of their high energy, if they are not treated with care or if they are abused or have a manufacturing fault, they can catch fire. Batteries have been the cause of a number of fires onboard aircraft and during ground handling. The following videos are intended to raise awareness of the hazards from lithium batteries and the importance of ensuring they are transported in accordance with the Technical Instructions, both as cargo and by passengers.
Guidance for Cargo and Ramp Personnel
Guidance for Passenger Handling Staff
Dangerous goods training must be provided or verified upon employment, before you carry out any of the functions for which you are employed involving dangerous goods or general cargo.
Persons involved in the tasks listed above must be trained in the requirements corresponding with their responsibilities and must include familiarisation, function-specific training and safety training. Table 1.4 of the Technical Instructions provides the subject matter relating to dangerous goods transport with which various categories of personnel should be familiar.
Yes, provided that the training covered the areas required by your new role and you can provide your new employer with a copy of the certificate that was issued when you were last trained.
No. It is a legal requirement that dangerous goods training MUST be kept current. Failure to receive recurrent dangerous goods training and continuing to carry out a function involved in the processing or the carriage of cargo (whether or not it includes dangerous goods), would be a contravention of the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations. The same rules apply to staff of operators.