RoadSafe Europe

Dangerous Goods & transport training and consultancy

DGSA Consultancy & Training Services

To comply with the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), companies engaged in the loading, unloading or carriage of dangerous goods by road, rail or inland waterways may have to appoint a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA).

The cases in which this requirement applies are set out in Chapter 1.8 of ADR, which also explains the role of the DGSA. In the UK, the ADR requirements for appointing a DGSA are enforced under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

DGSA's must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed appropriate training, resulting in the award of a Vocational Training Certificate, and have these broad roles:

  • Monitoring compliance with the law.
  • Advising the employer with regards Dangerous Goods.
  • Preparing an annual report of the employers' activities.
  • Monitoring of a range of procedures and safety measures.
  • Investigating and compiling reports on any accidents or emergencies.
  • Advising on the potential security aspects of transport.

What is not immediately clear from the opening statement is that these regulations can apply to any person who allows dangerous goods to be carried by road, not just the transport operator. This could include anyone who consigns cargo, freight forwarders, warehousemen and manufacturers producing goods that will be collected from their factory.

RoadSafe Europe Limited can act as your professional DGSA, for Road, Rail and Inland Waterways.

We have a long history of day-to-day dealings with all classes of dangerous goods (including explosives and radioactives) by all modes of transport, and all over the world. We work for everyone from single vehicle owner-operators to Government agencies, offering accurate, simple and practical advice to keep them legal, compliant, and most importantly - SAFE.

We charge a realistic annual fee, individually assessed for each customer and their needs, with no restrictive contracts, and no hidden fees for services such as non-emergency visits or audits and associated reports. You can use us as little, or often, as you need - twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

We welcome customers from throughout the UK, whatever their size or core business. We also welcome the opportunity to provide back-up to existing in-house DGSAs, or temporary cover should your in-house DGSA be taken ill, take maternity leave, or even just an extended holiday.

Our standard services include:

  • Free and unlimited telephone support and advice - 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.
  • Free and unlimited email support and advice.
  • Written updates on relevent legislative changes, for all modes of transport.
  • Advice on all aspects of dangerous goods, and all classes - transport, packaging, classification, labelling, vehicle requirements, etc.
  • Preparation of the annual compliance Performance report for the transport of dangerous goods (a legal requirement).
  • Site visits and safety/compliance  auditing as deemed necessary.
  • Assessments of on-going training needs.
  • Dangerous Goods security planning and writing Security Plans as required.
  • Multi-modal carriage advice for ALL modes of transport - road, rail, sea, inland waterways and air, world-wide.
  • Discounted dangerous goods training course fees - Awareness, ADR, IMDG and IATA. Or, other courses such as Driver CPC, Transport Manager CPC and First Aid.
  • Insurance backed advice, and an ISO9001 quality approved company.

DGSA Training

A qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) is required by most organisations who consign, transport, load or unload Dangerous Goods by road, rail or inland waterway,  in order to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If you are unsure if your organisation requires a DGSA, just ask, our advice is always free.

The DGSA must hold a valid Vocational Training Certificate, for the correct mode of transport, obtained by:

  • Receiving the appropriate professional training from a provider such as RoadSafe Europe Limited
  • Passing the three (or four) written examinations

The Department for Transport (DfT) has decided that DGSA's will not have to undergo an approved training course - the form and type of training is a matter for the individual and the employer to decide, based on the individuals knowledge and experience. The DfT however approves the mandatory DGSA examinations, and has appointed the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as its agent. SQA set, mark and organise the exams four times per year, and issue the vocational training certificates. The certificates are recognised in all 51 ADR agreement member states, and are issued to the individual, not an organisation.

Many candidates find the DGSA training requirements leading up to the examination extremely difficult, a fact bourn out by the national-average high failure rates (though this is also undoubtedly due to inconsistent exam writing - a very low pass rate on one exam is usually followed by an unusually high one in the following set of exams as the exam body tries to even-out the average pass rate).

Many commercially run courses are for up to ten, or more, candidates. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the intensive nature of the course and required depth of study, most on them will fail because they cannot possibly receive the attention from the trainer required. But, at RoadSafe, we like take a totally different approach.

We usually limit our class sizes to no more than five candidates, so that each can receive the help and support they need, and indeed, we frequently run one-to-one sessions. This has helped us to maintain an exceptional first-time pass rate. We are also very proud to have also successfully re-trained many students who have failed exams with other training providers, some of whom have attended multiple courses.

Our courses all last five days (we do not usually offer shorter “refresher” courses due to the high failure rates unless the candidate is very confident that this is all they need), with the course being highly interactive to ensure the trainees' understanding. Homework assignments are also set to reinforce the topics covered over the day, and even after the course, and before the examinations, we continue to set questions to keep the information fresh.

We prefer to run these courses at our fully equipped training centre in Southampton, but we can also come to you and train on-site, nationwide, if required, contact us for details.

RoadSafe Europe are also one of the only organisations that also offer the training for DGSA by Rail (RID) and Inland Waterways (ADN) too, as both an initial qualification, or as a 1-2 day conversion course for DGSAs who are already qualified on one mode of carriage, but who want to add the extra qualification to their portfolio.

Please note that enrolment with SQA must be completed several weeks before the examination, and that space at some of the exam centres may be limited, so early booking is advisable:

  • Open courses - £625.00 + VAT per person*
  • Nationwide on-site courses – please contact us for a quotation.

*We do not normally book the exams and provide the required Regulations for our candidates. This can be arranged at cost price, however, payment for these would still be required (approximately £425), even if the candidate cancels the course, as they cannot be refunded, but SQA may allow a candidate to defer their exam date in the event of illness or other unavoidable circumstance).

Our 2019 open DGSA courses are planned as follows:

  • 25th February - 1st March 2019
  • 3-7th June
  • 2-6th September
  • 11-15th November

Examination Dates for 2019:

  • 7th March 2019
    • Application Closing Date: 14th February
  • 13th June
    • Application Closing Date: 23rd May
  • 12th September
    • Application Closing Date: 22nd August
  • 21st November
    • Application Closing Date: 31st October

You may find the following links from SQA regarding DGSA training useful: Syllabus Permitted exam materials Sample examination papers Applying for examinations Sitting the examinations

Find out about the DGSA exams on the SQA website