Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser

When transporting dangerous goods the Consignor is required to have a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser available.

The obligation of the Dangerous goods safety adviser  (DGSA)

According to the most recent version of the 2021 ADR manual, in chapter “each undertaking, the activities of which include the consigning or the carriage of dangerous goods by road, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading shall appoint one or more safety advisers 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.”

A transition period has been provided for the application of the extension of this obligation until 31 December 2022.

Thus, from 1 January 2023, each shipper will be obliged to take advantage of the advice of a DGSA.

Who is a consignor?

According to the description given in the ADR manual, “Consignor” means the enterprise which consigns dangerous goods either on its behalf or for a third party. If the transport operation is carried out under a contract for carriage, consignor means the consignor according to the contract for carriage.

We often consider the DGSA as an imposition of the law without considering the numerous advantages that can emerge from a positive collaboration with this professional figure.

The DGSA does not slow down, but on the contrary, facilitates the management flow: he/she helps us save precious time. 

He/She also has the skills and tools to help you check the packaging, shipping, and transport processes.

DGSA can identify, highlight, and assess the consequences of the risks deriving from a possible accident: they help save money

The DGSSA |helps select the most appropriate method of packaging and carriage 

When required the DGSA can offer advise on the selection of the tanker needed to complete the task safely.