Dangerous Goods Safety Advice

Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSA)

ChemRegs can provide you with a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) consultancy service to help you comply with the Regulations covering the transport of Dangerous Goods of All Classes by Road (ADR and CDG) and Rail (RID).

We can also advise you on the transport of dangerous goods by sea (IMDG) and air (ICAO and IATA). These modes are not currently covered by the scope of the duties of the DGSA as set out in ADR and the CDG Regulations, but must be taken account of when exporting any dangerous goods.

We can offer you a complete consultancy service or, if required, we can act as cover for your existing DGSA on a short or long-term basis.

Other packages dependent on your needs are also available, including one-off auditing checks for companies who simply want a snap-shot (health check) of how their systems and procedures compare to chemical legislative requirements.

We can also let you know if you actually need to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) or if you can use the many exemptions and derogations available in the transport regulations. In these circumstances you may still require a DGSA from time to time to ensure you are compliant with current legislation and are controlling the risk when handling dangerous goods.

Even if you don’t need a full time DGSA we can provide competent advice whenever you need it, charged on an hourly or daily basis.

To discuss any aspect of DGSA, please feel free to contact ChemRegs today…
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A Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) is a competent person who must undergo training and pass examinations to obtain and hold a certificate qualifying them to advise on, and ensure compliance with, the complex legislation governing the transport of dangerous goods. These examinations must be re-taken every 5 years to ensure the DGSA is still competent and up to date with the latest regulations.

The ADR road transport regulations state that each undertaking, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading of dangerous goods by road, shall appoint one or more safety advisers for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regards to persons, property and the environment.

Put simply, every small and large business that handle significant quantities of dangerous goods by road have a legal obligation to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) i.e. a competent person able to advise on the safe transport of dangerous goods nationally and internationally.

However, for many businesses the extent of their involvement with dangerous goods is limited and the transport legislation provides many exemptions and reduced obligations from the transport regulations.

We can help those businesses that operate below the threshold where a DGSA is legally required and therefore may not have immediate access to a DGSA to help them to quickly identify what provisions may or may not apply to them.

Dangerous goods, hazardous goods or hazardous chemicals can be found everywhere.

Although you may think dangerous goods are obvious e.g. explosives, strong acids, petrol etc. you may not realise your products are classed as dangerous when transported.

Common products such as batteries, water treatment chemicals, inks, detergents, paints and solvents are dangerous for transport as they have inherent hazards.

There is a risk that these hazards may cause harm to people and property e.g. by explosion, fire or spillage. Any product or waste, which can cause harm to the environment, is also classed as dangerous goods.

The main duties of the Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) are:

  • To advise the employer on all aspects of the carriage of dangerous goods.
  • To monitor the employer’s compliance with the regulations concerning the carriage of dangerous goods, practices and procedures (including training, emergency procedures and the preparation of accident reports).
  • To ensure the preparation of an annual report on the employer’s activities concerning the carriage of dangerous goods. These reports should include the results and conclusions of the monitoring to assist in regulatory compliance and facilitate continuous improvement. The reports must be kept for five years.

Our Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) Consultancy Packages include:

1. Regular monitoring audits and assessment of your operations to ensure your continuing compliance with the transport regulations.

2. Production of comprehensive Audit Reports (including improvement plan and recommendations for compliance with the Regulations).

3. Producing a DGSA Annual Report to management.

4. The use of the name and details of one of our qualified DGSAs and copy of their DGSA Certificate for display.

5. Accident/Incident investigation and reporting.

6. Specialist advice and notification of legislative developments detailing their impact.

7. Telephone and e-mail advice and support on all dangerous goods related issues.

We also offer a monthly Newsletter that gives details of new and forthcoming legislation and other news.

Contact us for more details.