EU Directive 96/35/EC, now UK law, requires any undertaking that transports, loads or unloads dangerous goods by road, to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). This legislation applies to all shippers, road carriers, air carriers, freight agents, and handling agents who are involved in road transport of dangerous goods above the Limited Quantity exemptions. The Directive requires the DGSA to perform functions and duties in four main areas:
To be eligible for appointment as a DGSA, the candidate must hold a valid Vocational Training Certificate obtained by passing the examinations set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), who in turn are appointed by the Department for Transport. This course is intended to cover all relevant topics and subjects that may be included in these exams. Our ‘Useful Links’ page gives contact details for the SQA.