Understanding IATA Labels

The IATA or The International Air Transport Association issued the IATA DGR 52nd Edition last September 2010. However, this officially took effect last January 1, 2011. The new IATA DGR 2011 contains changes implemented by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel. These changes will also be printed out in the 2011-2012 editions of the TI or Technical Instructions. But what really is an IATA DGR? This stands for International Air Transportation Association Dangerous Goods Regulation. It is a manual created and published by the IATA to establish a standard, harmonious and safe transport of hazardous materials via air. The association has managed to steward the Dangerous Goods Regulations for more than fifty (50) years.What the IATA DGR 52nd Edition contains? The provisions of this manual include the following: Classification, Marking, Packing, Labeling, Documentation.IATA Labels

The manual has been a trusted source of many airlines and is strictly implemented by aircraft, ground and other personnel who are in-charge of the carriage of hazardous materials by air. Ever year, the manual is updated and hence, for this year everyone will be looking IATA DGR 52nd Edition. If you’re in the business of dangerous goods, it’s your business to have a copy of this manual because it contains the most complete and up-to-date reference in the industry; not to mention it’s user-friendly too.

Dangerous Goods, according to IATA DGR 2011, dangerous goods are any articles or substances that can impose a significant health or safety risk to a person or any property, for that matter, during transport via air vessels. If you want to know more about IATA’s classification, get yourself a copy of IATA 52nd Edition DGR. Shipper of Dangerous Goods, if you’re shipping dangerous articles or substances, complying with the requirements set forth by the DGR is a must. This will ensure the safety of the package as well as the people handling it and the environment.

You must be able to identify, classify, mark and package hazardous materials substantially and this can only be done by personnel who are properly trained for the process. Keep in mind that substances that could spontaneously combust, poisonous and infectious substances, oxidizing and radioactive materials are banned from being shipped by air. Under the IATA DGR 52nd Edition, heavy training is required for individuals who will be preparing hazardous materials for shipment. Training is made available in several major languages and in the form of books and CDs.