Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Multi-Modal Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Classification Certification (2-days)

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: Fall 2011

Distance Learning Series - July 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2016

Hazmat, Dangerous goods, Hazardous Materials, Classification, Transport, Training, Certification

Course Description:

This updated course covers DOT, IATA/ICAO (air transport) and the IMDG Code (ocean transport). The course combines lectures with classroom problem-solving and practical workshops. The curriculum focuses on the principles and practices of classifying, marking and labeling hazardous materials/dangerous goods. The successful completion of this 2 day multi-modal course will meet the requirements for initial and recurrent training under the DOT, IATA/ICAO and the IMDG Code for individuals involved in the classification of hazardous materials/dangerous goods. While the main emphasis of the course will be classification, additional topics covered will be packaging, marking, labeling and placarding of hazardous materials shipments. This course is specifically designed for the hazard communicator.Classification is always the first and most important of the “Shipper’s responsibilities.”  It dictates all other elements for compliance with the hazardous materials/dangerous goods regulations from shipping name selection to packaging, marking, labeling, documentation, and placarding.  In this course, students will learn, via lectures, problems and examples, a systematic approach to evaluating physical, chemical and toxicological properties of compounds, mixtures and solutions.  The resultant hazard determination leads to identification of the primary and subsidiary hazard class/ division and packing group.  Reliable reference sources of relevant technical data will be identified and discussed.Emphasis will be placed on hazard class definitions (including the UN/IMDG criteria for Marine Pollutants), tests and criteria, the Hazardous Materials Table and Dangerous Goods Lists, shipping name selection, packing group assignments, hierarchy of hazards and subsidiary hazards.  Other topics covered will include: recent changes in the regulations, marine pollutants, hazardous substances, elevated temperature materials and hazardous wastes.  A brief overview of packaging, marking, labeling documentation, and placarding will be presented. One workshop will focus on classification examples, a second will provide practice in the selection of proper shipping names and a third will demonstrate the application of labels and markings to non-bulk packages.A test will be administered at the end of the course and students who pass the test will be awarded a certificate that documents the successful completion of the course.

Intended Audience

Hazard Communicators who complete Section 14 of the MSDS, those who review that information for accuracy, those who assist in the classification of their company or client’s products and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of how chemicals are classified for transport as a hazardous material/dangerous good.

Course Director Instructor

Denese A. Deeds, CIH

Denese Deeds is co-founder of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc. and is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  She has been consulting in the areas of Industrial Hygiene and Chemical Regulatory Affairs since 1981. In her position as Director of Chemical Regulatory Services she prepares MSDS and other hazard communication documents, files international chemical registrations and assists companies with overall chemical regulatory compliance. As part of her practice, Denese has assisted clients in the development of PPE programs, has delivered numerous training classes on respiratory protection, personal protective equipment and Hazwopper operations and has recommended various engineering solutions to industrial hygiene exposure problems in many different manufacturing settings. Prior to consulting, Ms. Deeds held industrial hygiene positions with Westinghouse Electric and General Electric. She is a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, where she has served as President.


Course Fee

$750.00 - Members
$840.00 - Nonmembers

Course Schedule
(subject to change)


 7:30-8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast

Introduction; the UN system; the U.S. DOT process, IATA/ICAO, IMDG Code
Hazard class definitions; examples
Tests; criteria; data collection; packing group determination

12:00-1:00  Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
 1:00-5:00 Classification Workshop
Hazmat Table
Dangerous Goods Lists
PSN selection; hazard hierarchy; mixtures and solutions; examples


 7:30-8:00  Continental Breakfast
 8:00-12:00 Sources of classification data
PSN Workshop
 12:00-1:00 Lunch (buffet lunch provided)

Labeling; placarding; marking; documentation
Labeling/marking workshop
Preparing MSDS Section 14
Questions and Answers - bring your own!
Test on Classification, PSN Selection


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