IMDG 4: Loading, Unloading, and Offering Dangerous Goods

All individuals involved with the loading, unloading, and offering of dangerous goods

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

As cargo makes its way to its destination, the cargo transport unit (CTU) it’s packed in and the packages themselves are subjected to a variety of forces that can damage them. This is true of all types of goods, but is of particular concern when shipping dangerous goods. As such, dangerous goods are packed for transport in a manner meant to protect human health and safety, property, and the environment. Taking certain precautions, such as performing prepacking inspections and following stowage and segregation requirements, can help prevent incompatible dangerous goods from coming into contact during shipping – avoiding potentially disastrous results. Knowing how to properly pack, secure, load, and unload the cargo from a CTU will also help reduce the risks presented by dangerous goods to those who offer them. In this course you’ll explore the precautions, requirements, and best practices used within the transport and shipping industries to improve safe transport and to minimize risks associated with dangerous goods.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.


Packing, Securing, and Segregating Cargo

  • identify what to check during a prepacking inspection of a CTU
  • identify how to stabilize and pack a CTU
  • match each method to when it should be used to prevent cargo from moving during transport
  • recognize the best practices to use to achieve a stable load within a CTU
  • use the segregation table to determine the segregation requirements for given cargo
  • recognize how to properly load a CTU
  • identify where vessel operators can find information about stowing dangerous goods cargo in or on a ship
  • identify what to watch for when unloading a CTU





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