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Explosives Shipping Classification DOT Ex-Number Training & Workshop

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This 5-day course is offered in concert with TCI's risk management partner, SMS.


This course is an exciting and insightful look into the hazards classification process for Class 1 materials. During this 5-day training course, participants will:

  • Identify the hazards presented by Class 1 materials in


  • Select the tests required to properly classify the hazards of Class 1 materials for transport

  • Discover the purpose of each test, along with key parameters/objectives and indicators for assessing test results

  • Learn about the various Approvals (EX numbers, Special Permits, and Competent Authority letters) and the hazardous materials’ shipment process.

  • Gain invaluable classroom and hands-on experience with each test’s setup and representative pass/fail results at SMS’s Test Site (Tooele Army Depot)

Course Content:

Day 1 & 3:  Hazards Classification Procedures

  • General Philosophy of Hazards Classification​

  • Hazards Class 1:  When is Hazards Classification Required

  • Introduction to the Explosives Testing Users' Group (ETUG)

  • ETUG's Test Methods Matrix

    • Defining the test purpose, key parameters/objectives, and indicators for assessing results, with photographs and videos of representative test setups and pass/fail results for each

  • Planning for a classification

  • Selecting the test location:  Who can perform the tests

  • Sending samples for laboratory examination

  • Applying for a US DOT Approval (Ex number, Special Permit, or Competent Authority letter)

Day 2:  Hazards Classification Testing Workshop at SMS's Test Site (Tooele Army Depot)

  • LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS of sensitivity tests (BOE Impact, Modified Type 12 Impact, ABL Friction, BAM Friction, ABL ESD)

  • Hands-on examination of full-scale reactivity test configurations (using inert materials) for UN Test Series 1 - 6 and 8 with examples of pass/fail test results ​

  • LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS of reactivity tests and reaction severity types using energetic materials remotely monitored from the control bunker: ​

    • Detonation of a booster in a UN Test 1 (a) Gap test

    • Mass explosion and deflagration of confined substances

    • UN Test 6 (a) Single package tests

    • UN Test 6 (c) External fire (bonfire) test

    • UN Test 1 (b) Koenen test and UN Test 1 (c) (i) Time/pressure test (with pressure acquisition)

Day 4 & 5:  Using Your Approval in a Hazardous Material Shipment Workshop

  • Hazardous materials table

  • Required training

  • Packaging and the UN's Performance Oriented Packaging (POP) certification

  • Marking

  • Labeling and placarding

  • Preparation of shipping papers

  • Safety and security plans

  • Transportation

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