It might be time to do a review of goods coming and going from your site. Is anything classified as a dangerous good?
Do you know, transporting dangerous goods, isn’t just the transport on a truck or in a van, but also includes the role of:
Furthermore, the people involved in these activities have legal responsibilities.
As well as national legislation on the carriage of dangerous goods, we also have the ADR. ADR is an agreement between United Nations countries to harmonise transport conditions for dangerous goods, to prevent accidents and reduce risks. It’s updated every two years and specifies how to classify dangerous goods and also the requirements for their transport. Dangerous goods are classified into:
Class 1: Explosive
Class 2.1: Flammable Gas, 2.2. Non Flammable, Non Toxic Gas, 2.3 Toxic Gas.
Class 3: Flammable Liquid
Class 4.1: Flammable Solid, 4.2 Spontaneously Combustible Substance, 4.3 Substance which emits flammable gas in contact with water.
Class 5.1: Oxidising Substance, 5.2 Organic Peroxide.
Class 6.1: Toxic Substance, 6.2 Infectious Substance
Class 7: Radioactive Material
Class 8: Corrosive Substance
Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances.
There are a number of things you can do initially.
Waste is not exempt. Chemical and other waste can be classified as dangerous goods. If you are delegating some responsibilities to your waste provider, you should have a Contract of Carriage in place. You can delegate some responsibilities but not all.
If you are accepting, unloading or loading then you are involved in their transport. You might even have requirements around the transport of empty containers, depending on what material was last in them.
Even a single package of dangerous goods might fall under the Regulations but you must check. There are different requirements for limited or excepted quantities with specific conditions.
The cost of a mistake could be huge. Consider what could happen if you don’t follow the ADR, package something incorrectly, load it with a material that it’s incompatible with or if there was a road accident and no-one knew there was a dangerous good on-board. You have a moral, financial and legal responsibility to comply.
If you would like a review of your activities or other DGSA support, please contact the CMSE Consultancy Team
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