Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) Information

When do I need a DGSA?

A Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) must be appointed by any business that regularly ships Dangerous Goods by Road and their duties include an annual report to assess compliance with The Regulations and give advice on any improvements that should be considered. Even if businesses do not ship the goods themselves, but manage the shipments through a third-party, they may still require a DGSA.

You must have a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA) if you transport dangerous goods unless:

  • you only do it occasionally, eg breakdown recovery vehicles

  • you’re only receiving the dangerous goods (you’re the ‘consignee’)

  • they’re in ‘limited quantities

  • you’re moving them a very short distance by road, eg between buildings on an industrial estate

  • you’re using private vehicles

If you are unsure whether you require a DGSA, just give us a call and we can help.

 

What are the requirements of a DGSA?

A DGSA is required to assist businesses with support on the compliance and administration of Dangerous Goods. They are required to produce an annual report to the  business and this will typically follow an audit of the facility and processes. 

A DGSA is required under ADR and their duties are outlined in ADR Section 1.8. 

The downside of the requirements for a DGSA, is that the role can be limited. DGSAs may only focus on a very narrow scope of Dangerous Goods activities and some businesses feel this can be a 'box-ticking' excersise.

 

How are our DGSA services different?

We offer a full Dangerous Goods Support Service. This includes all of the DGSA requirements, but aims to go further so that we can actually add value to your business. 

 

Our DGSAs are qualified to ship Dangerous Goods by Air (IATA), Road (ADR) and Sea (IMDG). They also have extensive backgrounds in Operations, Freight and International Trade. This enables us to give realistic and practical suggestions for any improvements across Air, Road and Sea, as well as highlighting any unnecessary steps in your Dangerous Goods process.

 

As standard our Dangerous Goods Support Service includes:

 

  • An appointed DGSA for 12 months to represent your organisation, should the competent authority and/or clients, wish to speak to your DGSA.

  • A full annual audit of your facility, including a full audit report and compliance certificate.

 

  • Annual briefing on any regulation changes affecting your products.

 

  • Automatic notification of ad-hoc regulatory changes (including corrigenda and addenda to The Regulations)

 

  • Five support queries per month. These can be used for any advice and clarification that your team might require.

 

What does a DGSA cost?

Our Dangerous Goods Support service with a DGSA, for a medium facility costs £795+VAT. (£565+VAT if you don't have a facility that requires an audit and you want support only.)

 

That includes the following:

 

  • An appointed DGSA for 12 months to represent your organisation, should the competent authority and/or clients, wish to speak to your DGSA.

  • A full annual audit of your facility, including a full audit report and compliance certificate.

 

  • Annual briefing on any regulation changes affecting your products.

 

  • Automatic notification of ad-hoc regulatory changes (including corrigenda and addenda to The Regulations)

 

  • Five support queries per month. These can be used for any advice and clarification that your team might require.