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IMDG Code e-learning training tool now available with 49 CFR module Darlington, UK, 20 April 2010

49_cfr _screenshotMandatory training for shore side staff involved in dangerous goods transport by sea is included in the latest Amendment of the IMDG Code, which entered into force on 1 January 2010. Exis developed IMDG Code e-learning, a computer-based training tool, to help organisations comply with the new requirement. This training tool is now available with an optional configuration focusing on the additional requirements in 49 CFR when shipping into and out of the United States under the IMDG code provisions.


IMDG Code e-learning offers two levels of training for shore side staff - general awareness training for staff requiring a familiarisation with the IMDG Code requirements, and function specific training for staff directly involved in dangerous goods transport.

The 49 CFR module can be taken in addition to any of the other course configurations. This module provides information on the additional requirements in 49 CFR when shipping to or from the United States under the IMDG Code provisions. The elements in this module focus on:

- providing an overview of the 49 CFR regulations
- general conditions for the use of the IMDG Code when shipping to or from the United States
- requirements for specific materials and packages when shipping to or from the United States
- additional requirements when using the IMDG Code when shipping to or from the United States

IMDG Code e-learning was developed by Exis Technologies with the support of industry bodies including IMO, and is independently certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The course is individually configured to the student's job role. It precisely follows the IMDG Code, including both the general awareness and function specific training requirements.

The development of IMDG Code e-learning, an initiative of Exis Technologies, was supported by the International Maritime Organization and industry bodies to address the urgent need to train large numbers of staff worldwide economically and with minimum disruption to normal working. Costs are greatly reduced with this flexible, "off the shelf" training package.

Exis developed the 49 CFR module with the assistance of American Nautical Services (ANS), Regional Representative to the Americas for Exis. Tim Gossett, Hazmat Software Specialist for ANS and Board of Certification Chair for the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association, authored the module. Regarding the 49 CFR module, Gossett said, "IMDG Code e-Learning, with the new module, is now the best training package available that complies with both international and US regulations for the transport of dangerous goods by vessel."

The course is independently certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), one of the world's leading classification societies. The course is sponsored by the TT Club and ICHCA (International Cargo Handling & Co-ordination Association). Many of the global competent authorities are in the process of approving IMDG Code e-learning. Eight of the top 20 container lines have already implemented the intranet version of IMDG Code e-learning for their training requirements