Archives for dangerous goods

Linguistic versions of ADR and Instructions in writing for emergency situations with dangerous goods

As an aid during an accident emergency situation during carriage of dangerous goods, instructions in writing in the form specified in the ADR shall be carried in the vehicle crew’s cab and shall be readily available.

These written instructions shall be provided by the carrier to the vehicle crew in language(s) that each member can read and understand before the commencement of the journey. The carrier shall ensure that each member of the vehicle crew concerned understands and is capable of carrying out the instructions properly.

Before the start of the journey, the members of the vehicle crew shall inform themselves of the dangerous goods loaded and consult the instructions in writing for details on actions to be taken in the event of an accident or emergency.

The instructions in writing shall correspond to the following four page model as regards its form and contents.

As regards the German versions of the instructions in writing, the Governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland notified that variations in spelling or terminology confirmed by usage in certain German-speaking countries or region are acceptable and do not affect the validity of the instructions in writing provided they may be understood by the members of the vehicle crew.

Well-educated through E-learning awareness dangerous goods

In most countries, employees who frequently or incidentally have to work with dangerous goods must, by law, have knowledge of dangerous goods. This is no different in the Netherlands. Working with dangerous goods requires a broad and demonstrable awareness of these substances. Certification is required.

Education relating to dangerous goods is not only required to ensure safe working conditions, but also to ensure that transportation regulations (the ADR) are met. Additionally, in the Netherlands we are also faced with regulations applying to the storage of dangerous goods, the PGS15, which also determines the direction of education. Employees must be able to demonstrably show that they possess sufficient professional competence in dealing with dangerous goods and/or CMR substances, and combatting incidents with the resources available in the facility. Information regarding the professional competence of the expert must be present within the facility.

Courses can be participated in by means of open registration and in-company, but location and language are often problems. SafetyNet Education recently developed an e-learning course specifically for the English-speaking market. Employees from around the world are able to participate in these courses. With the online e-learning course Awareness Dangerous Goods, employees can participate in the course in their own time, whenever it suits them.

The course is presented in clear and expansive online presentations.

The online course consists of four modules:

  • Storage laws and regulations, transportation and use of dangerous goods.
  • The classification of goods according to the GHS, WM and ADR, and the properties of substances.
  • The functional requirements of compiling consignment notes, the storage check, 1,000-point table, substance separation, etc.
  • Incident control dangerous goods and safe working.

Each module is completed with a list of practical questions. Upon completion of the course and the adequate completion of the last list of questions, the course participant will receive the Certificate Awareness Dangerous Goods.

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Transport of dangerous goods with the UNECE

Transport of dangerous goods needs to be regulated in order to prevent, as far as possible, accidents to persons or property and damage to the environment, the means of transport employed or to other goods. However, with different regulations in every country and for different modes of transport, international trade in chemicals and dangerous products would be seriously impeded, if not made impossible and unsafe. Moreover, dangerous goods are also subject to other kinds of regulations, e.g. work safety regulations, consumer protection regulations, storage regulations, environment protection regulations.

In order to ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and hazard communication tools (GHS) as well as for transport conditions for all modes for transport (TDG). In addition, the UNECE administers regional agreements that ensure the effective implementation of these mechanisms as far as transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways is concerned. Read the Daily UNECE news: