Shipping hazardous materials (HM - also known as "Dangerous Goods" (DG)) is regulated by several governmental and non-governmental organizations. In the context of these rules, shipping includes mailing, shipping via a commercial carrier and even carrying items with you on an airplane. A dangerous good may be a hazardous chemical, but it also includes certain batteries/equipment with batteries, biological materials, radioactive materials, gas powered equipment, lab equipment that has been used with hazardous materials, and the list goes on and on. There are also many items that can be overlooked as dangerous, referred to as Hidden Dangerous Goods. Failure to properly ship what the Department of Transportation considers as a hazardous material and IATA considers a dangerous good carries severe penalties and could result in a roadway or airline accident, leading to environmental damage and possibly death. For this reason, those making hazardous materials or dangerous goods shipments must receive the required, proper training.
DRI dangerous goods shippers are required to complete online training and a practical demonstration before the first shipment is made.