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Since September  2011, regulations should require businesses involved in the transportation of dangerous goods to appoint one or more Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers.

The ADR agreement for the road transportation of dangerous goods and national legislations of the ADR signatories state that companies involved in the carriage or the loading/unloading or other activities with dangerous goods by road must appoint an adequately qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). People wishing to be employed as DGSA within companies that transport dangerous goods by road should attend this course.

Course duration 5 days.

Examinations Delegates attending the DGSA course will be required to enrol themselves onto the externally administered. Full guidance will be provided. DGSA exams are run through the Road Transport Department. 

The Radioactive module is not part of the ADR core (initial or refresher). This module requires attendance on an additional one-day course followed by an examination.

Course Content:

  • The basic properties and risks of ionising radiation
  • The units used in radiation protection and in the transport legislation
  • An overview of the different types of radioactive materials
  • Protection from the effects of radiation during transport operations
  • Classification system of radioactive materials
  • Package types, categories of packages and the requirements for packages
  • Package marking and labelling requirements
  • Requirements for transport documents
  • The duties of all persons involved in the transport operations
When Road incidents, serious accidents and deaths occur, it is the responsibility of organizations involved in road traffic systems and society as a whole to learn how to better reduce and minimize the risks.

In addition to the unacceptable human costs, there are also financial implications for those concerned with roads, vehicles, road users and emergency medical services.
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ADR, the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of dangerous goods by road, states the need for “Persons whose duties concern the carriage of dangerous goods by road shall have received training of the requirements governing the carriage of such goods appropriate to their responsibilities and duties.”

It is not only the drivers of vehicles carrying Dangerous Goods to be trained by approved training providers but “persons whose duties concern the carriage of dangerous goods” and most importantly and above all, the Logistics managers whose duties concern the carriage of dangerous goods.

As such, the requirement for training also applies to such persons employed by the road vehicle operator or the consignor; those involved in loading or unloading dangerous goods; personnel in freight forwarding or shipping agencies and drivers not covered by the ADR Vocational Training Certificate requirement.

Such a training shall include:
  • General awareness of the provisions for the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Detailed function specific training linked to duties and responsibilities under the regulations governing carriage of dangerous goods
  • Safety training commensurate with degree of risk of injury or exposure arising from an incident with dangerous goods
Training also makes logistics managers aware of safe handling and emergency response procedures. When dangerous goods are being transported by road, any accident could potentially cause considerable harm to both people and the environment. Therefore, the movement of such goods are governed by international regulations and is strictly policed.

Applicants for a Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence must show that they are 'professionally competent' or that they employ a transport manager who meets the requirements. Persons will be considered 'professionally competent' by passing the examination for the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) conducted by Road Transport Department Examinations.
This Approved Driver CPC 'Train the Trainer' 5-day open course is a comprehensive series of instructional sessions, to enable drivers’ CPC trainers to reach the required standards and deliver trainings in the Drivers’ Authorised Training Centers  (EKKO)
The Aims & Objectives of the course is
(1) the development of training competences to the EKKO instructors to the level required in both subject knowledge and training techniques along with the ability to create and develop training to Driver CPC standard and
(2) the in-depth study of various 7-hour Driver CPC modules developed specifically to enable delegates to take ownership of the Driver CPC training requirements.

Course Topics
  • Introduction to Driver CPC
  • Driver CPC syllabus, subject selection and training needs analysis
  • Instructional techniques, qualities of instructor, basic principles, subject analysis, preparation and planning, motivation, conformation, and evaluation question technique
  • Individual 'lesson' assignment, guided preparation and planning, familiarisation with training aids and explanation of marking criteria
  • Delegates to deliver own training session and receive feedback and scoring
  • Evaluation and feedback record keeping
  • Planning other courses

A driver transporting dangerous goods by road in most tankers, large tank containers, in bulk or in packages over a given amount, can only do so if in possession of an ADR Driver Training Qualification; "the ADR Licence".

The qualification, in the form of an ADR Licence can be obtained for either ‘Packaged Goods’ or for ‘Tanks’, or both, following successful completion of an approved ADR Dangerous Goods training course. Separate training and exams are required for the transportation of radiactives and for explosive substances or articles.

The ADR driving licence is valid for 5 years.

Drivers must complete an ADR refresher training course prior to the expiry (within last 12 months before expiry) in order to update the ADR driving licence.

This course can be taken as a one-and-a-half-day extension to a Packaged Goods core course or on a stand-alone basis. 
If taken separately, the ADR core course is needed: 

Transporting dangerous goods in the following vehicles will require the driver to hold a valid ADR Vocational Training Certificate:
•    A Road tanker with a capacity greater than 1000 litres
•    A Tank Container with a capacity greater than 3000 litres
The Explosive module is not part of the ADR core (initial or refresher). This module requires attendance on an additional one-day course followed by an examination.

Course content:

  • Safe loading of vehicles
  • The unloading and carriage of explosives
  • The Classification, definition & packaging and labelling of explosives
  • The necessary measures to execute in the event of an incident involving explosives