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HSA update guidance for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have published updated guidance for businesses that are involved in the consignment, loading, unloading and carriage of dangerous goods by road. The new guide provides a summary of the legal provisions of the ADR (Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road). According to the guide, dangerous goods are ‘substances and articles which have been identified as hazardous for transport and present a risk to people, property and the environment’. The new publication also includes a Quick Reference Guide on the requirements of ADR for employers to consult.

The new guidance includes a general format update, an additional section on hazardous waste and updated practical examples with common situations where issues may arise for company’s carrying dangerous goods. Businesses should be aware of the legal responsibilities for those involved in these activities such as the packer, filler, loader/unloader and consignee.

Undertakings involved in the consignment or carriage of dangerous goods by road, and related activities, must appoint a vocationally qualified safety adviser or advisers, generally termed a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA). The DGSA is certified to provide advice to undertakings, monitor compliance with legal requirements and to ensure the preparation of an annual report which is a legal requirement for those businesses falling under the scope of the regulations.

As we go into the new year it important for businesses to complete a comprehensive review of goods coming and going from their site. Noting that classifications and various thresholds may change, it is very important to ensure properly identification and classification of any goods and waste that may be considered as a dangerous.

If you would like a review of your activities or other DGSA support, please contact the CMSE Consultancy Team via email at [email protected] by phone at 0818 315 415 or via the chat function at the bottom right of your screen!


Did you know that CMSE Consultancy have an array of services. For instance, they also offer Chemical Agents Assessments. Click here for more information


CJ The head of #ElfAndSafety at Chris Mee Group is back!!

I’m Back!! Hello All, CJ the Elf here – Did you know that CMSE Recruitment offer CV & Interview prep to all of our candidates?
Pop over here to check out all of today’s #ElfAndSafety Job Vacancies Here or Contact Leah & Odhran directly for assistance

Morning Guys! I’m doing my Manual Handling Training today. Only a couple of spaces available for the remainder of the year but they’ve just opened bookings for 2022 #ElfAndSafety Training! Check them out here

It looks like I took the final 2021 spot for Confined Space Training at the CMSE Fire Rescue Training Centre.
Not to worry though – 2022 dates are now open for registration! Check out January dates and more info here


Amendment to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations

To prove routine governance work goes on during Covid-19, two new pieces of health and safety-related legislation came into force at the end of November.
The new PPE Regulations, replace Schedule 2 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, with a new schedule which is far more comprehensive and in the words of Directive 2019/1832, which it transposes into Irish law, takes account of new types of risks found in workplaces.
The second piece of legislation is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2021 (SI 619/2021). This amendment requires ATV operators to be trained (to a QQI, or equivalent, standard) and provided with suitable PPE.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to reach out and contact the CMSE Consultancy team at [email protected] or at 021 4978100


Chris Mee Group are delighted to welcome Karina O’Connor to the growing Quality team!

Karina joined Chris Mee Group in November 2021 as Quality Manager. Karina joins Chris Mee Groups after working within the groups sister company “The Food Safety Company” since 2014.

She has been brought onboard to assist with a number of different strategic projects with Chris Mee Group. She will be managing the programme review and development process to maintain and expand current training course programme offerings from CMSE Training. Karina will be assuring the maintenance of our quality management systems, quality improvement plans, key performance indicators, and other continuous improvement initiatives.

Colette Horgan, Group Quality and Training Manager with Chris Mee Group said;

“Karina is detail oriented with a high level of concern for accuracy.  In addition, she is full of positivity and is keen to use her knowledge and experience in a new discipline – to assist in the promotion of total quality management fostering continuous improvement and employee engagement throughout the organisation. We are delighted to have her as a part of the team!”

Karina is a graduate of both UCD and UCC where she holds a Master’s in Food Safety & Risk Analysis and a BSc in Nutritional Sciences. She is an experienced food safety auditor and senior trainer and has assisted clients in all areas of the food industry with HACCP Implementation, food safety compliance and training.

In her previous roles, Karina was responsible for maintaining Food Safety and Quality Management Systems for clients through internal audits in accordance with regulations and standards.  She also supported these clients in maintaining external accreditations for such systems.

Karina was responsible for a number of key areas in development including; the design and development of new training programmes and reviewing of existing programmes, Co-ordination and delivery of a range of accredited training courses including QQI (Quality & Qualification Ireland) and NHP (National Hygiene Partnership), and the development of a range of eLearning compliance courses for the establishment of the company’s Rest Assured Agreement Package.

Contact Karina

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +353 21 497 8100 



Winter Driving Preparedness.

Winter Driving Preparedness was compiled by Matthew Culloty, Ergonomic & Safety Consultant at CMSE Consultancy, part of Chris Mee Group.

The current climate may not feel like your typical Irish November conditions in the mild weather we are having. It is probably delaying the inevitable heavy rain, high winds, the odd frosty and even snowy snaps. So now is the ideal time to do a bit of a sanity check on your vehicle and make sure you have yourself prepared for venturing out on the road this winter.

Some items to keep in mind for winter driving conditions:

  • Check the weather the night before, getting caught out in the morning due to frost can lead to rushing and potential mistakes. Allow enough time for the added traffic pressure and relevant poor weather.
  • Do you really need to make the journey in the first place?
  • If you must travel, plan your journey – if there is local flooding, debris on the road, can you take an alternative safer route, this may be longer but more reliable i.e., main roads are more likely well gritted for frost long before local and regional roads.
  • Regular Car checks:
    • Tyres – Pressure and thread depth.
    • Windscreen wipe – suitable concentration for low temperatures and freezing.
    • All lights working – Fog lights, dims, indicators, hazards, etc.
  • Should you break down:
    • Safe place to pull in – Keep yourself and fellow road users safe – don’t create a hazard for oncoming traffic. Pull in as far left as you can, with the wheels turned into the left.
    • Place a warning triangle behind your car only where it is safe to do. It is advised not to change tyres if you cannot safely position the vehicle as this will potentially place you in greater danger.
    • Have emergency break-down contact details
    • If you are on a motorway, ensure lights and hazard indicators are left on and wait behind the crash barrier until assistance can arrive. Note your nearest emergency phone if possible.

The road safety authority have a useful document on their website to click on Be Winter Ready.

What is my car Kit?

  • Warning Triangle
  • Hi-vis jacket/vest.
  • Head torch (rechargeable)
  • Windscreen wash top-up.
  • Ice scrapper.
  • Portable compressor pump.
  • Spare jacket.
  • Mini First Aid kit.
  • Phone charger.
  • Spare micro-towel.

Have a question or need some assistance? Contact Matthew Culloty at [email protected] or [email protected] to contact the CMSE Consultancy team.