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From packing to storage through transport, dangerous goods activities are regulated by different laws all over the world such as:

  • ICAO Technical Instructions for air transport
  • IMO IMDG regulations for sea transport
  • Local or regional regulations (ADR or CFR 49)
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Many companies establish procedures to guarantee that they are complying with all legal requirements in a continuous basis. A key element of these procedures is to carry out dangerous goods transport audits.

A dangerous goods audit is an independent, objective, and systematic assessment of how a company is managing its activities, responsibilities, and resources in order to determine the level of conformity with specific standards.

In general, there are two types of dangerous goods audits; Internal -performed by skilled employees of the organization- and external audits, carried out by independent professionals of the entity being audited

In both cases, a qualified auditor should follow these guidelines:

  • Establish the audit objective and the audit criteria. The audit criteria refers to how conditions should be. It can be specified in local laws, regulations, internal policies or standards.
  • Gather audit evidences. Audit evidence is any information collected by the auditor in order to determine whether the information being audited is stated in accordance with the established criteria. Examples of audit evidences are: photographs, records or confirmations.
  • Determine audit findings. Audits findings result from the compare audit evidences against the audit criteria.
  • Report positive and negative findings
  • Conclude against the established audit objective.

In order to guarantee independence and professionalism, outsourcing the audit process to external auditors is very a common practice.


The importance of considering this process in a serious way comes from the responsibilities and accountabilities assumed by shippers. Any mistake in the classification, identification, packing, labelling, marking or documentation of dangerous goods could be the cause of an incident or accident and/or a fine for shipper companies.

Fines and sanctions could reach quantities of millions of dollars and if a manager is not sure that the company is complying with regulations this is really not a nice feeling to have.

In summary, dangerous goods audits are a key element of a safety management culture and they have to be carried out by qualified, skilled and independent professionals with expertise in dangerous goods and audit technics.

DGM can perform dangerous goods audits in order ensure that all dangerous goods requirements are met by your organization. For further details please contact us.

It is essential for everyone who works inside hazardous materials warehouses to consider health and safety risks.

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The figure and responsibilities of European safety advisers are not always well understood by people or companies out of Europe.

The definition of “safety adviser” can be found in 1.8.3 of the ADR. It says “each undertaking, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, of dangerous goods by road shall appoint one or more safety advisers for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regard to persons, property and the environment

Main duties of the Safety Adviser include:


  • Monitoring compliance with the requirements governing the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Advising the undertaking on the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Preparing an annual report to be presented to the local authority
  • Monitoring the operational procedures or instructions related to identification of dangerous goods, purchases of  means of transport, loading, unloading
  • Assuring appropriate training for people involved in dangerous goods transport
  • Implementing of proper emergency procedures
  • Investigating of accidents and preparing reports if necessary
  • Assuring the existence of a Security Plan if necessary

DGM has an experienced, trained and qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser team for all hazard classes (from explosives to radioactive materials) and transport activities.

Companies in which Dangerous Goods are involved and which are required to formally appoint a Safety Adviser are welcome to contact us. DGM can take responsibilities and help your company to comply with regulations. 






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