Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser Consultancy

FTA’s Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSA) provide professional support and advice, specialising in compliance, training and legislation for movements of dangerous goods and hazardous wastes. Our DGSAs are experienced in advising on all classes of dangerous goods and all modes of transport.

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.

Given the significance of this change and the potential impact on companies, a transitional provision has been implemented into ADR until 31 December 2022.

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Services and benefits of FTA’s DGSA Consultancy

Our Consultancy service is available for all those involved in the transportation of dangerous goods. We provide honest, professional advice to companies legally obliged to appoint a DGSA and those who sometimes benefit from being able to ask an expert.

  • Savings on cost of employing and training your own DGSA, holiday and sickness cover.
  • Unlimited phone or email advice during your contract period.
  • Full health check and compliance visits with a detailed audit report outlining improvement opportunities.
  • Notification of pending or immediate changes to regulations.
  • Bespoke training courses to ensure compliance with ADR 1.3 and ADR 1.10.2 (if required and at additional cost).
  • Assistance with security plans for undertakings, involved in the carriage of high consequence dangerous goods.
  • Assistance with Radiation protection programmes.
  • Monitoring compliance governing the carriage of dangerous goods.
  • Annual DGSA report as required with ADR 1.8.3.3. that must be retained for a minimum of 5 years.

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

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If you are facing operating or health and safety issues that are causing your concern, you need to optimise your transport processes or you’re worried about the impact of Brexit please give us a call for a confidential and no obligation discussion on 01892 552374*.

Alternatively download our operational consultancy services brochure or complete our online enquiry form. We would be delighted to discuss your particular area of concern or any of the matters raised here.

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