Hazard signs on the side of a truck, indicating compliance with DGSA regulations.

Do I need a DGSA?

Compliance with The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) is mandatory.

Following the publication of ADR 2019, the requirement to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) is now extended to companies who act as consignors of dangerous goods including office-based consignors.

ADR states that each undertaking, the activities of which include the consigning, or carriage of dangerous goods by

road, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading 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.

Dangerous Goods Advice

When carrying dangerous goods there are requirements for every aspect of carriage. Non-compliance with the requirements of ADR (road), IMDG (sea), RID (rail) and IATA (air) can expose organisations, employees and directors to some very harsh penalties. Investigation by the authorities may lead to an interruption or even termination of business activity. OCRS points can also be given for dangerous goods infringements.

In the UK the regulations surrounding the carriage of dangerous goods by road are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive. The CAA is the agency responsible for compliance for carriage by air and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is the agency responsible for of goods moving by sea. The HSE, the Office of Rail Regulation, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Department for Transport are the enforcement authorities for rail.

  • Annual dangerous goods site audits which examine every relevant aspect of your involvement with DG and the associated risks
  • Comprehensive feedback reports that include specific action plans designed to address any weak spots
  • Provide bespoke solutions and preparation of operating procedures designed around your company’s unique requirements
  • Assistance with producing transport documents for all modes of transport
  • When High Consequence Dangerous Goods are being carried, we assist with Road Transport Security plan production, review, and testing
  • Review of Safety Data Sheets from your suppliers to check DG classification, liaise directly with suppliers/manufacturers when required
  • Whether by road, rail, sea or air – we can help you navigate this potential minefield
  • Ongoing advice and support from pre-agreed reviews to random spot checks and advice on changes and development in regulation
  • Dangerous goods training programmes from general awareness packages to courses designed to fulfil your legal requirements