Guidance for Security Screening Staff

Requirements relating to Dangerous Goods

Anyone involved in the transport of dangerous goods should consider security requirements for the dangerous goods appropriate with their responsibilities. Dangerous Goods Security awareness training should address the nature of security risks, recognising security risks, methods to address and reduce risks and actions to be taken in the event of a security breach.

Please note that the security risks which apply to dangerous goods are not related to the DfT’s security restrictions placed on liquids, aerosols and gels.

Security screeners, including:

  • Security staff who deal with the screening of passengers and their baggage and cargo, mail or stores, such as security screeners and staff involved in implementing security procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after employment must I receive dangerous goods training?

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.

What will my dangerous goods training involve?

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.

I have changed companies but I received dangerous goods training from my previous employer. Is this still valid?

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.

My dangerous goods training qualification is no longer valid. Can I still carry out my duties?

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.