Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor

If your organization is engaged in the consignment and transport of dangerous goods under international road (ADR), sea (IMDG) and air (IATA) transport regulations, you must appoint a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor when shipments exceed specified thresholds.

1. Regulatory frame:

European/International Regulations:

♦ European Agreement for the transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR 2017)

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code 38-16am)

International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA-DGR 59thEdition)


2. What is a DGSA?

A person, who

  1. Has successfully attended a vocational training and
  2. Passed the exam (got the official EU-certification) and
  3. Has been formally appointed in written by the head of the enterprise

Note: A DGSA can either be an employee, or externally appointed.

3. Which are the main duties of a DGSA?

  1. Monitor compliance with the rules governing the carriage of dangerous goods
  2. Provide advice to the employer on the transport of dangerous goods
  3. Investigate and prepare accident reports to the management of the company and/or the local public authority when an accident occurs during the transport or handling of dangerous goods
  4. Prepare an annual report to the management on the activities of the company concerning the transport of dangerous goods

Note: Such annual reports shall be preserved for five years and made available to competent authorities at their request.

4. Which are the employer’s responsibilities?

  1. Appoint an appropriate(1) and suitably qualified DGSA
  2. Inform competent authorities for the appointment
  3. Support the DGSA to build up the job function

5. Who will support you?

Panos Drougas/Chemist

  • Certified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (ADR/RID/IMDG/IATA-DGR - all classes)
  • Solid and practical background in global chemical business. Retained responsibility as head of the undertaking (10y) for the transportation of DG assigned in all classes and complying with ADR, IMDG and IATA Regulations. Zero accidents recorded.
  • REACH consultant and SDS author
  • Qualified Environmental (ISO14001)/Occupational Health and Safety Officer (ISO18001)

Professional experience:

  • 3S, Athens – Senior Chemical Management Consultant (since Oct 2006)
  • Sigma-Aldrich Hellas, Athens – Country Manager (10y)
  • P. Bacacos SA, Athens – Product Manager/Chemicals Division (3½y)

6. How do we work to build up the DGSA function?

  • Initial audit and needs assessment
  • Report to management on both compliant and non-compliant items
  • Drafting schedule for creating/implementing procedures (i.e. establishing responsibilities, training requirements, review processes for shipping/receiving/handling/storage of Dangerous Goods, security requirements)
  • Training of all persons involved in the carriage of DG (General awareness training(2), Function-specific training(3), Safety training(4), Driver Training(5))
  • Audits (according to needs)
  • Reports (according to requirements)

(1) The DGSA should have appropriate knowledge concerning the company’s activities.

(2) All involved personnel shall be familiar with the general requirements of the provisions for carriage of Dangerous Goods.

(3) Personnel shall receive detailed training, commensurate directly with their duties and responsibilities.

(4) Aims to provide awareness for personnel in direct contact with DG on the safe handling and emergency response procedures.

(5) General/Special requirements concerning the training of drivers