CIFFA Exam Sample Practice Questions and Answers – Dangerous Goods

CIFFA Exam Sample Practice Questions and Answers – Dangerous Goods

Questions

  • What is the definition of dangerous goods?
  • What are two (2) other terms that may also mean dangerous goods?
  • What associations/agencies have devised regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods?
  • What is the Canadian set of dangerous goods regulations?
  • What is the American set of dangerous goods regulations?
  • Name some transportation disasters involving dangerous goods.
  • For these three (3) activities:  handling, offering for transport, transporting dangerous goods; which one(s) could apply to the following persons?

           Shipper/exporter/importer:   

           Freight forwarder:   

           Carrier:   

  • What are the two (2) main responsibilities of freight forwarders regarding dangerous goods?
  • Under what conditions can a person legally handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods? 
  • In Canada, how long is a dangerous goods training certificate valid for?

           Air mode:   

           Ground mode:   

           Ocean mode:   

  • In Canada, are there any situations when a dangerous goods training certificate would expire in a shorter period than in Question 10?
  • In Canada, who must sign a dangerous goods training certificate to make it valid?
  • In Canada, who must sign a dangerous goods training certificate to make it valid?
  • In Canada, who must sign a dangerous goods training certificate to make it valid?
  • In Canada, who must sign a dangerous goods training certificate to make it valid?
  • What are the nine (9) Classes/Divisions of dangerous goods?

           Class 1:         

           Class 2:         

           Class 3:                                                                       

           Class 4:                                                                       

           Class 5:                                                                       

           Class 6:                                                                       

           Class 7:                                                                       

           Class 8:                                                                       

           Class 9:                                                                       

  • What are the three (3) Packing Groups, and what do they relate to?
  • What are the three (3) Packing Groups, and what do they relate to?

i) Packing Group I:           

ii) Packing Group II:                   

iii) Packing Group III:      

  • Other than the “diamond-shaped” hazard labels, what other labels/marks are there for the transportation of dangerous goods by air?
  • Other than the “diamond-shaped” hazard labels, what other labels/marks/signs/placards are there for the transportation of dangerous goods by ocean?
  • What are the four (4) types of documents that may be used for dangerous goods shipments?
  • Who is responsible to complete the above documents?
  • In Canada, what additional two (2) pieces of information must be indicated on the transport document for dangerous goods?
  • What are the five (5) BASIC steps to follow during a dangerous goods emergency?
  • Who/what is CANUTEC?
  • How do you contact CANUTEC during a dangerous goods emergency?
  • What two (2) reports may you have to make to Transport Canada regarding a dangerous goods occurrence?
  • If found guilty of an offence under the TDGR, what punishment could be levied?
  • Review the following excerpt from the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations and answer the following questions:
  • Review the following excerpt from the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations and answer the following questions:
  • What details can you provide about Acetylene silver nitrate?
  • Review the following excerpt from the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Dangerous Goods Code and answer the following questions:
  • What details can you provide about UN1219?
  • What details can you provide about UN1463?

Answers

  • What is the definition of dangerous goods?

Articles and substances capable of posing a significant risk to health,  safety, property, or the environment.

  • What are two (2) other terms that may also mean dangerous goods?

Hazardous materials; restricted articles.

  • What associations/agencies have devised regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods?

United Nations (UN); 

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);

International Air Transport Association (IATA); 

International Maritime Organization (IMO).

  • What is the Canadian set of dangerous goods regulations?

Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR).

  • What is the American set of dangerous goods regulations?

Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR).

  • Name some transportation disasters involving dangerous goods.
    • ValuJet air crash; 
    • Mont Blanc/Halifax explosion; 
    • Bow Mariner explosion and sinking;
    • Mississauga train derailment; 
    • Kapitan Sakharov;
    • Malaysian Airlines.
  • For these three (3) activities:  handling, offering for transport, transporting dangerous goods – which one(s) could apply to the following persons?

Shipper/exporter/importer:  handling, offering for transport, transporting.

Freight forwarder:  handling, offering for transport, transporting.

Carrier:  handling, transporting.

  • What are the two (2) main responsibilities of freight forwarders regarding dangerous goods?

Protect the supply chain from undeclared dangerous goods;

Advise the shipper/importer/exporter of the correct procedures to follow and verify that the shipper/importer/exporter has followed the regulations.

  • Under what conditions can a person legally handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods?

 The person must be adequately trained and hold a training certificate or be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a person who is adequately trained and holds a training certificate.

  • In Canada, how long is a dangerous goods training certificate valid for?

Air mode:  24 months

Ground mode:  36 months

Ocean mode:  36 months

  • In Canada, are there any situations when a dangerous goods training certificate would expire in a shorter period than as stated in the previous question?

 If the regulations applicable to the person’s duties change before the training certificate expires.

  • In Canada, who must sign a dangerous goods training certificate to make it valid?

The employer and employee.

  • Who is responsible for identification of a dangerous goods shipment?

The shipper/exporter.

  • In what two (2) ways are dangerous goods identified?

By Proper Shipping Name and by United Nations (UN) Number or Identification (ID) Number.

  • How many Classes of dangerous goods are there, and what do they relate to?

9 Classes; they relate to the type of hazard they represent.

  • What are the nine (9) Classes/Divisions of dangerous goods?

Class 1:  Explosives

Class 2:  Gases

Class 3:  Flammable liquids

Class 4:  Flammable solids, etc.

Class 5:  Oxidizers and organic peroxides

Class 6:  Toxic and infectious substances

Class 7:  Radioactive material

Class 8:  Corrosives

Class 9:  Miscellaneous

  • What are the three (3) Packing Groups, and what do they relate to?

Packing Groups I, II, and III; they relate to the degree of danger they represent.

  • What degree of danger does each Packing Group represent?

Packing Group I:  high danger

Packing Group II: medium danger

Packing Group III: low danger

  • Other than the diamond-shaped hazard labels, what other labels/marks are there for the transportation of dangerous goods by air?
    • Magnetized materials;
    • Cryogenic liquids;
    • Cargo aircraft only;
    • Package orientation; 
    • Keep away from heat; 
    • Lithium battery;
    • Environmentally hazardous substances mark;       
    • Limited quantities mark.
  • Other than the diamond-shaped hazard labels, what other labels/marks/signs/placards are there for the transportation of dangerous goods by ocean?
    • Elevated temperature; 
    • Marine pollutant;  
    • Fumigation warning; 
    • Danger is only used on trucks.
  • What are the four (4) types of documents that may be used for dangerous goods shipments?
    • IATA Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods; 
    • Bill of lading; 
    • Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form; and
    • FIATA Shipper’s Declaration for the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
  • Who is responsible to complete the above documents?

The shipper/exporter.

  • In Canada, what additional two (2) pieces of information must be indicated on the transport document for dangerous goods?
    • 24 hour number (for emergencies); and 
    • Emergency Response Assistance Plan and Number (if applicable).
  • What are the five (5) BASIC steps to follow during a dangerous goods emergency?
    • Do not come in contact with any spilled or leaking material.
    • Isolate the package.
    • Notify your immediate supervisor or manager.
    • Notify the appropriate emergency services and CANUTEC.
    • Report the accident or incident to Transport Canada.
  • Who/what is CANUTEC?

The Canadian Transport Emergency Centre.  Part of Transport Canada, and will assist emergency response personnel in dealing with dangerous goods emergencies.

  • How do you contact CANUTEC during a dangerous goods emergency?

613-996-6666 (collect) OR *666 (cell phone).

  • What two (2) reports may you have to make to Transport Canada regarding the occurrence of a dangerous good?
    • An immediate report.
    • A written report within 30 days.
  • If found guilty of an offence under the TDGR, what punishment could be levied?
    • Up to CAN $50,000.00 for the first offence;
    • Up to CAN $100,000.00 for each subsequent offence;
    • Up to 2 years imprisonment.
  • Review the following excerpt from the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations and answer the following questions:

a) What details can you provide about UN1090?

  • United Nations Number UN1090;
  • Proper Shipping Name is Acetone;
  • It is a Class 3, Flammable liquid;
  • It requires a Flammable liquid hazard label;
  • It is a Packing Group II;
  • EQ code is E2;
  • As a limited quantity shipment on a passenger and cargo aircraft, the shipper must use Packing Instruction Y341, with a maximum of 1L per package;
  • As a shipment on a passenger and cargo aircraft, the shipper must use Packing Instruction 353, with a maximum of 5 L per package;
  • As a shipment on a cargo aircraft only, the shipper must use Packing Instruction 364, with a maximum of 60 L per package;
  • There are no Special Provisions; and
  • The Emergency Response Guide Code is 3H.  

b)  What details can you provide about Acetylene silver nitrate?

It is forbidden by air.

  • Review the following excerpt from the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Dangerous Goods Code and answer the following questions:

a) What details can you provide about UN1219?

  • United Nations Number UN1219;
  • Proper Shipping Name is Isopropanol (or Isopropyl alcohol);
  • It is a Class 3, Flammable liquid;
  • It is a Packing Group II;
  • There are no Special Provisions;
  • In limited quantities, the maximum of 1 L per package;
  • For packings (smaller packages), shipper must use Packing Instruction P001, with no provision; and
  • For intermediate bulk containers (large containers), the shipper must use Packing Instruction IBC02, with no provisions. 

b) What details can you provide about UN1463?

  • United Nations Number UN1463;
  • Proper Shipping Name is Chromium trioxide anhydrous;
  • It is a Class 3, Flammable liquid;
  • It has Subsidiary Risks of 6.1, Toxic, and 8, Corrosive;
  • It is a Packing Group II;
  • There are no Special Provisions;
  • In limited quantities, the maximum of 1 kg per package;
  • For packagings (smaller packages), shipper must use Packing Instruction P002, with a Provision of PP31; and
  • For intermediate bulk containers (large containers), the shipper must use Packing Instruction IBC08, with a Provision of B2/B4. 

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

                Passenger and Cargo Aircraft Cargo Aircraft Only      
 Ltd Qty    
UN/ ID no.   AProper Shipping Name/ Description   BClass or Div. (Sub Risk)   CHazard Label(s)   DPG   EEQ see 2.7   FPkg Inst   GMax Net Qty/Pkg   HPkg Inst   IMax Net Qty/Pkg   JPkg Inst   KMax Net Qty/Pkg   LS.P. see 4.4   MERG Code   N
  1090    Acetone    3    Flam. liquid    II    E2    Y341    1 L    353    5 L    364    60 L         3H    

IMO Dangerous Goods Code

  UN No.       (1)  Proper Shipping Name (PSN)     (2)  Class or divi- sion   (3)  Subsidiary risk(s)       (4)  Packing group       (5)  Special provisions       (6)  Limited quantities       (7)Packing IBC
Instruc- tions     (8)Provisions     (9)Instruc-tions   (10)Provisions       (11)
  1219  ISOPROPANOL (ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL)  3 –  II –  1 l  P001 –  IBC02 –
1463CHROMIUM TRIOXIDE, ANHYDROUS5.16.1/8  II1 kgP002PP31IBC08B2/B4

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