Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser service, (DGSA).
The law – Carriage of Dangerous Goods By Road
To comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, businesses which regularly transport, load or unload dangerous goods above certain thresholds, must appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). The DGSA regulations were introduced in 1999 and are overseen by The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations as amended and the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road – ADR.
The regulations do not apply just to transport companies – they include any business which loads, unloads or transports dangerous goods, for example freight forwarders, storage companies and manufacturers.
Who can be a DGSA?
A DGSA can be an employee or owner of a business or an outside consultant. It is permissible to have more than one DGSA in a business and, in some cases, this can be advantageous, for example sickness or holidays or just to confer, should a complex issue arise.
Employee DGSA or consultant DGSA?
Some businesses choose to appoint a DGSA or, in some cases, several DGSAs from within their company. Whilst this can be advantageous, there are a number of drawbacks, particularly for small businesses which have just one DGSA:
- The DGSA could terminate his/her employment, which would leave the company without a DGSA and, thus, in contravention of the law. Remember that the DGSA’s qualification is personal and NOT the property of the employer – if the DGSA leaves, the qualification goes too.
- In many cases, employed DGSAs have to combine their duties with other tasks. This can leave them with inadequate time to carry out their DGSA duties properly or to keep up to date with the complex and continuously evolving dangerous goods regulations.
- The expense of training courses, travel and hotel accommodation, exams and reference materials should be taken into consideration. An employee will be absent from the business in order to attend training courses and sit the exams. Further time and expense could be involved, should it be necessary to re-sit a failed exam.
- DGSAs must re-validate their qualification every five years and some DGSAs may need to attend a refresher training course before sitting the exams. This will involve expense and employee absence and could involve re-sitting failed exams.
David Bond Ltd can provide a DGSA service for you. We have over fifteen years experience involving the transport of dangerous goods. Our clients include chemical manufacturers, freight forwarders, transport contractors, owner drivers and providers of atomic medicine services which transport radioactive materials.
As your DGSA, our service would include the following functions:
- Fulfil the legal requirement to appoint a DGSA
- Provide telephone and email advice and support
- Prepare accident or incident reports, should they be required
- Prepare an annual report concerning the carriage of dangerous goods
- Provide written updates and newsletters on changes and proposed changes which could affect your business’s operation.
- Assess and advise you on staff and driver training requirements.
- Assess and advise you on the security of dangerous goods and advise you regarding security plan requirements.
- Monitor compliance with the law.
Free enquiry service.
If you are unsure whether or not your business requires the services of a DGSA, contact us for a completely free of charge assessment of your business’s operation. Note: there is no charge for this service and we can usually give you an answer straight away.
Advisory DGSA service.
Some businesses transport, load or unload small quantities of dangerous goods only, which are below the thresholds that legally require the appointment of a DGSA. However, handling any quantity of dangerous goods falls within scope of ADR as well as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
ADR requires all persons involved in the dangerous goods operation to be trained – this includes company owners, warehouse staff, office staff, as well as drivers. Staff should be provided with written instructions and emergency procedures should be established.
As an advisory DGSA, we can provide this service as well as keeping you up to date with the complex and continuously evolving dangerous goods rules.
You can contact us in any of the following ways:
- The Contact section at the top of the Homepage
- Email at email@example.com
- Telephone: 01787 280237
- Mobile: 07860 236707
- Post: David Bond Ltd, The Post House, Stanstead, Sudbury CO10 9AP