Organizations that handle shipping and packing of hazardous materials work hand in hand with the International Air Transport Association or IATA Singapore. Here in the lion city, IATA Singapore plays a very important role in ensuring that these companies avoid regulatory violations, emergency situations, and package rejections/shipping delays.
In this article, we outlined 5 important things you should know about the IATA.
- The IATA gives out the course of policy.
Before anything else, it is important to note the power that the IATA holds. It is considered the unifying trade association of airlines from all over the world. Though it creates and gives out the course of policies, it is not allowed to enforce these rules and regulations themselves. This is where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) comes in. The FAA implements the regulations with the help of airlines and the Department of Transportation (DOT) in specific countries.
The IATA established the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) that are being used worldwide and based on the standards set by the United Nations in transporting dangerous goods through air freight. This UN-based regulation is called the ICAO Technical instructions. The IATA, however, added some specifications in their own version of the DGR.
- IATA and DOT training go hand in hand.
Those in the business of handling and transporting dangerous goods that wish to let their employees undergo IATA training, DOT training is also a requirement. Contrary to popular belief, the IATA training is not a solo curriculum. It should go hand in hand with DOT training or more officially known as a “function-specific” training.
The DOT regulations specifically included a provision that requires companies and organizations to provide training for their employees who handle dangerous goods on a daily basis.
Moreover, the IATA training does not address all the provisions of the DOT training. This is why undergoing DOT training is still a must. Both pieces of training are vital for those who wish to gain expertise and knowledge in the dangerous goods regulations.
- The DGR is not solely for international shipping.
Since the IATA DGR is a standard followed by airlines from all around the world, they are also free to adopt these standards for domestic dangerous goods shipping. Thus, the DGR is not solely for international shipping.
This means that if an airline ships dangerous goods by air, its employees have likely undergone IATA and DOT training. This is a good practice because we can ensure that even domestic transports of dangerous goods are up to international standards.
- The DGR is copyrighted by the IATA.
If you have tried to find the contents of the DGR on the internet can’t find out, this is because it is not available online. It is not posted for free online unlike government regulations, it must be purchased.
This is just very fitting because the DGR is used for training and some training requires the option to purchase a copy. And it is very much recommended to purchase one because having a copy on hand will be very beneficial in the long run even after the training has finished.
- Expect grave punishments for non-compliance.
Last but not definitely not least, it is important to note that the stakes are high for non-compliance to the DGR. It is the FAA’s job to enforce the regulations and ensure that companies and organizations involved in handling dangerous goods are in compliance.
The consequences are serious to those who deliberately choose not to comply with the regulations. In the past two years combined the FAA has issued $10.49M in fines for more than 500 violations and counting.