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Seminar Overview

The annual Dangerous Goods Seminar is now in its 26th year, and is seen as something of a must for everyone involved in the manufacture, handling and transport of dangerous goods. DGSAs should also view this as an excellent opportunity to update their knowledge and share 'best practice' with other delegates. It will provide you with face to face access to UK regulators, giving you a chance to ask questions and share your views.

The seminar will again run over two days to allow suitable time for discussion and debate. The event will also take place at a hotel again this year, which potentially means less travelling for delegates and a more relaxing experience.

Following on from the success of last year, the first session of Day 1 will be aimed at those relatively new to the industry. It will provide an introduction to the legislation, looking particularly at the roles of different parties involved and when and how you should contact them. This session is being provided free of charge and is aimed at opening the event up to a wider audience. Adobe PDF document Download a booking form for this event (PDF 309KB).

Four Good Reasons to Attend

  • Understand how forthcoming legislation changes will affect you
  • Get face to face access to UK regulators
  • Expert speakers
  • Networking opportunities

Schedule of Events

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th July 2011

(08:30- 5:30pm if you attend the primer session, 10:45am - 5:30pm if you don't). Lunch and refreshments provided.

Dangerous Goods Regulations - a Primer Session (optional)

A general introduction to the dangerous goods regulations, looking particularly at:

  • The roles of the various parties involved
  • When to contact them
  • How to contact them

Opening Address by the event chair

Regulatory Update

With new international regulations for 2011, this will cover the major changes between the new and old -

  • ICAO TIs
  • IMDG Code

Properly packaged, marked and labelled so what went wrong?

A look at related transport issues such as container and vehicle loading, roadside enforcement and checks.
Includes presentation material from the Road Policing Unit of Leicestershire Constabulary.

Other GB Regulatory Issues

  • 2011 amending regulations, approved derogations and TPED; The Office of Nuclear Regulation
  • GB regulatory "hot topics"
  • Aerosols, bulk containers, opening packages
  • Dangerous Goods in equipment, old tanks etc

Drinks reception (Sponsored by Air Sea Containers) (5:45pm - 7:45pm).

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th July 2011

(08:45 - 4pm, lunch and refreshments provided).

Meet the regulators (optional)

Have an informal, face-to-face chat with the competent authorities. This is a great opportunity to raise questions and share your views over coffee and biscuits.

17th Edition of the UN Recommendations

Agreed changes to the text appearing in the17th Edition and main work items proposed for the 2011-2012 biennium of UN

The Swedish perspective on international regulations

The Swedish view of areas of the regulations that need improving and recent amendments they have proposed

Limited Quantities

With both the old and the new ADR schemes running side by side are you clear about what you should be doing and the restrictions that apply? How does this affect land/sea interfaces?

Training issues

Administrative changes to DGSA, driver training, shore side training in IMDG, possible changes to the CAA exam.

Confused about Environmentally Hazardous?

New criteria for class 9 and use of the new EHS mark. Modal differences explained.

Open forum

A chance to follow up on any of the issues covered during the event

Chairman's closing remarks

Venue Details

The Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel is ideally situated on the A5, in close proximity to major road links such as the M42 and M6. The nearest train stations are Hinckley (2.1m) and Nuneaton (5m). The nearest airport is Birmingham International (26m). The hotel has 600 free parking spaces.


Delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation and contact details for the venue are shown below. Rooms are available on a bed and breakfast basis and cost £75 per person, per night (inc VAT) has been negotiated for delegates. When booking please state that you are attending the VCA Dangerous Goods Seminar. Details of other accommodation in the area can be found on the Dangerous Goods section of the VCA website. It should be noted that the list is intended to provide a broad range of accommodation and no endorsement is implied.

Contact Details

The Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel,
Watling Street,
Leicestershire LE10 3JA

Central Room Reservations: Tel: 0800 6528413 (Quote "VCA")

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About VCA

VCA is part of the Department for Transport (DfT) and has responsibility for the certification of dangerous goods packaging within the UK. See our About VCA page for more information

Further Information About the Seminar

Further information is available from:
Paul Cooke, Tel: 01179 524126 or