Working with hazardous materials can pose serious risks. For this reason, it is subject to thorough and comprehensive regulations. These regulations are notoriously challenging to navigate and difficult to understand. This is why we have our own in house Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor to ensure everyones’ safety and full compliance with your consignments. Having DGSA support is now a mandatory requirement for all in the supply chain, from manufacturer / wholesaler to consignor and consignee as well as any other parties in between. Not having a DGSA whilst being involved with dangerous goods is an offence, a breach that is regarded as serious. In 2020 HSE’s conviction rate for dangerous goods offences was 94%. Prosecutions led to fines of £16.7 million with an average penalty of £19,000 per offence.
If you work with dangerous goods you must receive appropriate training. ADR explains the requirements in Chapter 1.3, with either ADR General Awareness or Function Specific training being the minimum requirement, moving up to ADR licences for either Packages or Tanker vehicles. It’s not only our drivers who are trained in ADR though – everyone in our business receives high quality training that is relevant to their roles with dangerous goods.
Safe and Secure Deliveries
ADR Chapter 8.1 requires ADR vehicles to carry specific PPE and kit items during the carriage of dangerous goods. Our vehicles are routinely inspected ensuring compliance with these requirements. The full kit includes:
- Wheel chocks
- Self standing signs (cones/triangles)
- Eye rinse liquid
- High visibility clothing
- Torch (ATEK standard)
- Gloves suitable for products
- Goggles / eye protection
- Respirator (ABEK standard)
- A shovel
- A drain seal
- Collecting container
- Fire extinguishers appropriate to the vehicle size
- Orange plates
- Additional vehicle placards for some consignment types
You can be assured that when transporting dangerous goods with Blue Bear Transport, compliances will always be met with our drivers fully trained and vehicles equipped to carry dangerous goods.