Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser

I decided that as Managing Director of Ital Logistics it was my duty to take on the role of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) in April 2004. Since then I have renewed my qualification, and have been joined by Derek Heap as secondary DGSA to the Company.

ADR Chapter - “Each undertaking, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, of dangerous goods by road are required by law to appoint one or more safety advisors for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regard to persons, property and the environment.”

There are many differences between the road, rail and sea regulations, even though with each revision, the regulations come closer to alignment. The information below should be considered as a general guideline, so it is advisable to seek clarification on particular aspects from the relevant publications. Alternatively you can speak with us, or email dgsa@Ital-logistics.com and we will be pleased to assist.

Dangerous Goods Note/Transport Document

Both IMDG and ADR require a ‘Dangerous Goods Transport Document’, whereas ADR also requires ‘Instructions in Writing’ (commonly, and erroneously known as a Tremcard). IMDG and ADR can use the same Dangerous Goods Transport Document as this can be in any form, provided it contains all of the information required by the provisions of the relevant Codes (5.4.1 ADR and IMDG). So, what do we need to put in the ‘DGN’? Below is the basic data required for both modes, unless stated otherwise.

How to complete a Dangerous Goods Note

The particulars to be entered in the document shall be drafted in an official language of the forwarding country, and also, if that language is not English, French, or German, in English, French or German, unless international road carriage tariffs, if any, or agreements concluded between the countries concerned in the transport operation, provide otherwise.

a) The UN Number, preceded by the letters “UN”

b) The Proper Shipping Name (PSN) supplemented, when applicable, with the technical name in brackets when special provision 274 or 318 is mentioned in column 6 of the dangerous goods lists, generic entries, and normally required when the PSN is an ‘N.O.S’ entry. Note that trade names alone are not acceptable

c) The Hazard Class followed by any subsidiary hazard shown in brackets

d) The Packing Group, where assigned, for the substance which may be preceded with the letters “PG” (e.g. PG II)

e) The number and kind of packages e.g. 2 x 250 L steel drums; 3 x fibreboard boxes each containing 48 kg. (There is no need to specify details of inner receptacles or inner packagings, although when shipping as Limited Quantities it is advisable to do so)

f) The total quantity of each item of dangerous goods bearing a different UN number, proper shipping name, or, when applicable, packing group (as a volume or as a gross mass, or as a net mass as appropriate)

g) The name and address of the consignor

h) The name and address of the consignee(s)

i) A declaration as required by the terms of any special agreement

j) reserved

k) ADR only requirement, but as most movements involve both modes, advisable to input as standard: Where assigned, the tunnel restriction code which should be in capitals enclosed within brackets

Most common additional information:

1. Flashpoint: If the goods being transported have a flashpoint of 60°C or below, the minimum flashpoint shall be indicated (in °C closed-cup (c.c.))

2. Marine Pollutant: If the goods are known marine pollutants the words "MARINE POLLUTANT" shall be inscribed on the document

The order of the data formulating the transport document description should be a, b, c, d, k with no information interspersed, except as provided for in ADR or IMDG as relevant. For example:

“UN 1098, ALLYL ALCOHOL, 6.1 (3), I, (C/D), Flashpoint 18°C c.c.”

"UN 1993, FLAMMABLE LIQUID, N.O.S. (Toluene), 3, II, (D/E), Flashpoint 21°C c.c."

This is by no means definitive as there are many other requirements depending on UN number, class, etc. The links on the previous page will provide assistance, and as invited, if anyone has any specific questions, simply emails us at dgsa@Ital-logistics.com and we will be pleased to assist.

Classes and Segregation

ADR (Road) is less stringent that IMDG (Sea) in respect of segregation of different classes and so under ADR there are fewer segregation requirements than under IMDG. It should be noted that there are some cases where chemicals of the same class cannot be loaded together (under IMDG in particular), so care should be taken, and the tables should be used as a general guideline only

The segregation tables can be downloaded here