Dangerous Goods Training for Designated Postal Operators (DPO's)
To correct a common mispreception: Express operators do not fall under the term „mail or postal operators“.
Parcels and letters transported by an Express Operator fall under „Cargo / Freight“.
It is not always easy to make this differentiation, but in simplifying this matter it can be said that when stamps are present, the consignment is mail; otherwise, it‘s simply cargo or freight.
The shipping of dangerous goods by airmail is typically prohibited by means of subsection 2.4 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as well as the Universal Postal Union Convention.
Only three specific exceptions are permitted: Some infectious substances – in particular so called „Biological Substances, Category B, UN 3373“ and patient specimens; these cover for example tissue samples – as well as radioactive materials with very low activities which do not exceed one tenth oft he activities permitted in table 10.3.D of the IATA DGR.
Even those dangerous goods generally permitted for air mail transport may by excluded by means of variations filed by states and operators. In Germany, Lufthansa for example does not transport Biological Substances in Category B.
Since January 1st, 2013 so – called „excepted“ Lithium Batteries (for Lithium metal cells and batteries, these must have an aggregate Lithium content < 1g per cell and < 2g per battery; for Lithium ion cells and battery the Watt-hour rating must be <20 Wh per cell and < 100 Wh per battery) are acceptable for transport by air mail, only when installed in equipment and where the general requirements applicable to Lithium batteries have been met (for the latter, some safety and classification – realted tests in accordance with subsection III of part 38.3 of at least the 3rd revised edition oft he UN Manual of Tests and Criteria must have been conducted with positive results). However, devices or gadgets with excepted Lithium batteries installed are permitted within air mail only where a national competent authority has granted a permit to the designated postal operator of the departure state in question.
All other dangerous goods – such as Lithium batteries not installed in equipment, lighters, adhesives, many cosmetics and other materials are entirely forbidden for transport by international air mail.
In Germany, so far no permit at all was granted to designated postal operators while in Austria, the DPO Austria Post has received a permission by AustroControl GmbH for the transport of equipmenit incorporating small Lithium - metal or Lithium - Ion batteries which fall under section II of either PI 967 or PI 970..
A prerequisite for such permission or approval to a Designated Postal Operator by a national competent authority is comprehensive and encompassing dangerous goods training for all personnel in the employ of DPOs whose professional duties entail the acceptance, delivery, storage or handling of postal consignments; expressly not limited to those consignments which contain dangerous goods. Such training must be provided based on Table 1.5.C of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
As an IATA accredited training provider, LOGAR offers compact and in-depth dangerous Goods training in staff categories A, B and C for Designated Postal Operators based on more than 30 years of experience in the field of DG training.
With a focus on the recognition of undeclared dangerous goods, the transport related requirements applicable to the dangerous goods permitted within air mail and applicable national regulatory requirements in the state of the DPO as well as the correct application of state and operator variations, dangerous goods training provided by LOGAR can assist you to meet the regulatory requirements which form a prerequiste for the competent authority approval required by DPO’s in order to transport dangerous goods by air mail.
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