Can I carry Dangerous Goods?

1) If the packages are marked with a WHITE diamond containing the letters ‘LQ’ and/or UN numbers of all substances contained then they’re exempt from ADR and you can carry them without any specialist training – see www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/exemptions.htm#lq Your insurance companies may possibly have their own ideas about whether these goods are classed as hazardous so you may need to check with them before carrying the load.

TAKE CARE – most traffic office numpties seem to have decided that ADR doesn’t apply at all to goods below the ‘small loads’ thresholds. When the driver (with no training) questions whether they’re allowed to carry the goods they say something like “don’t worry, it’s limited quantities”. IT DOESN’T CARRY A LIMITED QUANTITY EXEMPTION UNLESS IT CARRIES A LIMITED QUANTITY LABEL.

2) If you’ve had ‘awareness’ training then you can carry goods up to the small load thresholds given at www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/exemptions.htm#categories You need to carry a fire extinguisher and take care that the goods are properly secured. If you’ve had ‘awareness’ training then you SHOULD know this anyway. Again your insurance companies may have their own ideas about whether you’re insured to carry these goods.

3) For loads above the small loads thresholds full ADR and access to the services of a DGSA is required.

4) If in any doubt then ask for advice or just refuse the job. All the information you need is available at:
www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/index.htm www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/adr/adr2007/07ContentsE.html and www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071573.htm

IF YOU’RE IN ANY DOUBT AT ALL ABOUT WHETHER YOU’RE QUALIFIED TO CARRY DANGEROUS GOODS THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO MAKE THE DECISION.

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Posted by Alec at 4:35 pm, March 31, 2008

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