Enterprises engaged in the consignment and transport of dangerous goods under ADR road and RID rail transport regulations are obliged to appoint a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). These obligations apply once shipments exceed specified thresholds. Failure to appoint a DGSA can result in on-the spot fines or other legal remedies. The main duties of a DGSA are as follows:
- Monitor and advise the undertaking on compliance with the regulations
- Prepare an Annual Report on the Dangerous Goods activities of the enterprise for each calendar year
- Investigate and report on any accidents or incidents involving the movement of dangerous goods
The appointed DGSA can be either a suitably qualified in-house employee or an outside consultant. Engaging a DGSA consultant is becoming increasingly popular. The main advantages are that client benefits from the greater span of experience that consultants deliver and the assurance that advice will be up-to date. As the regulations are revised every every two years it can be challenging for an in-house DGSA to keep abreast of the latest changes, particularly where it is just one of their duties.
Consultant DGSA Service:
We provide DGSA consultancy services for ADR road transport and act as the appointed DGSA on a competitive annual contract basis. Since many journeys are multi-modal we can also provide the advice necessary to ensure that shipments comply with the additional requirements that apply to sea or air transport.
If you are unsure of your obligations or would like an independent review of your operations, we offer an audit service that examines your activities, procedures and training records and then reports on your compliance status and obligations.