Dangerous Goods Courses: Your Questions Answered

If you are considering sending some of your employees on a dangerous goods training course, you may be wondering what the entry requirements for such a course are, and what the course will cover. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about the dangerous goods course.

Who should be sent on a dangerous goods course?

The dangerous goods course is essential for any member of your workforce who is involved in the transportation, storage, distribution or handling of dangerous goods. The course also provides training in emergency response to an incident involving dangerous goods. For example, a truck driver who is transporting dangerous goods will be trained on how to alert the emergency services if they are involved in a road traffic accident.

What are dangerous goods?

The term 'dangerous goods' covers a wide range of materials and substances which pose a risk to human life or the natural environment. 

Examples of dangerous goods are:

  • Explosives
  • Corrosive liquids
  • Poisons
  • Gasoline
  • Radioactive materials
  • Medical samples

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for dangerous goods training courses. However, it is important that each employee who participates in the course can speak and read English well. If an employee cannot speak or read English to a sufficient level, they may struggle to understand the information which is presented to them and may find it difficult to complete the end of course assessment.

Do my staff need to attend a dangerous goods course in person?

Traditionally, dangerous goods courses have involved a short classroom session followed by an assessment which demonstrates that each member of the class has developed their understanding of dangerous goods and the various laws which dictate how they should be handled, transported and stored. However, in recent times, many employers are opting to use online training courses to certify their staff. The online course consists of videos and documents which are viewed using a computer. Once the online course is completed, the student takes an online assessment and will then be emailed their dangerous goods certification. 

Do my staff need to attend refresher training?

Yes, depending on the level of qualification, your staff may be required to complete a refresher course on a periodic basis. Your trainer will be able to provide more details about this. If you would like to find out more about dangerous goods training, you should contact an education and development company.