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Traders must appoint a dangerous goods safety advisor (DGSA) if their business regularly transports, packs, fills, loads or unloads dangerous goods. This applies to goods sent by ROAD, RAIL and INLAND WATERWAY.

DGSA’s are not expected to monitor procedures related to the carriage of dangerous goods by sea or air. However, it should be remembered that most consignments to (air)ports travel by road.

There are exemptions to the requirements to appoint a DGSA, depending on how often your business handles dangerous goods and in what quantities.

The exemption applies if:
* A business is involved in the carriage of dangerous goods in quantities per transport unit that are smaller than those referred to in the ADR Regulations Chapter, and in 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5.;
* If the main or secondary activities of the undertaking are not the carriage or related loading or unloading of dangerous goods, but the undertaking does occasionally engage in the national carriage or the related loading or unloading of dangerous goods posing little danger or risk of pollution;
* If that carriage operation complies with the conditions specified in the Road Derogation 11 (RO-bi-UK-1), the crossing of public roads, as set out in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods: Approved Derogations and Transitional Provisions document 2012;
* If that carriage operation complies with the conditions specified in Chapter 1.1.13 of the ADR Regulations.

The exemptions do not apply to International Carriage.

The rules that applied until 31st December 2018 said that you did not have to appoint a DGSA if you only acted as a consignor of dangerous goods. This has now changed and businesses that only act as consignors have until 31st December 2022 to appoint a DGSA.

Any business that is involved in the packing, consigning, loading/unloading and/or carry dangerous goods should appoint/employ a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor.

For further information about ADR Express’ DGSA Consultancy Services, please call Beccy 07973442354 or email

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