Transportation of Dangerous Goods

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations state that “no person shall handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods unless he is trained or under the direct supervision of a trained person”.

Additionally the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations state additional requirements for the shipping and packaging of dangerous goods to ensure the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft.

Any University staff or student shipping dangerous goods must be certified for the applicable means of transport. EHS offers two half-day courses in dangerous goods for ground transport and air transport respectively. Ground certification training can be offered separately but air certification must be offered in combination with ground training.  These courses are available to University of Manitoba faculty, staff and students only, at no cost to the participants or departments.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Ground)
Persons who ship receive or transport dangerous goods by ground (truck) must be certified for the ground transport for dangerous goods. This half day course will cover aspects related to shipping, transporting and receiving dangerous goods. This course is required for all University drivers who may transport dangerous goods. Past attendees to this course have also included laboratory staff that routinely ship materials by truck. Ground certification is valid for 3 years.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Air)
Persons who ship or receive dangerous goods by air need to be certified for the air transport of dangerous goods.  Typical course attendees include laboratory staff that ship medical samples by air (medical samples and dry ice are both regulated as dangerous goods).  Air certification is valid for 2 years.  Please note that ground certification must be taken with air certification.  Both courses will be offered the same day.  For scheduling purposes, the two courses combined will take up a full day.

Certification Training to Receive Dangerous Goods - Online
Environmental Health and Safety is happy to announce that we are providing Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training through UMLearn. This online training is for individuals who are required to receive dangerous goods only. To package a dangerous good for export, the in-person training is still required

Please contact EHS by e-mail at or by phone at 204-474-6633 to be registered in the appropriate course.

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