Safe and secure carriage of dangerous goods

Carriage of dangerous goods

Most goods consigned for carriage pose no danger to those involved in transporting them, or to members of the public or the environment. However, some goods are potentially hazardous and so the carriage of dangerous goods must comply with domestic and international legislation.

Any goods that pose a risk to people, property and the environment are classified as dangerous goods and are assigned to different classes ranging from 1 to 9. These types of goods can range from those which are highly dangerous (such as explosives, flammables and fuming acids) to everyday products such as paints, solvents and pesticides found in the home and at work. When transported these goods need to be packaged correctly as laid out in the various international and national regulations for each mode of transport to ensure that they are carried safely to minimise the risk of an incident.

Exceptions

Guidelines

Dangerous goods database

If you transport dangerous goods by road, you need to comply with the relevant requirements laid down in the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (known as ADR) for the specific substance you want to transport. In order to quickly find where in the legislation you need to look for these requirements, you can use the dangerous goods database.

The database makes it easier for people who transport dangerous goods to find out what they need to do to ensure they move their goods safely, securely and in compliance with the legislation.

Carriage of dangerous goods by air transport

The transport of dangerous goods by air is regulated in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI). On a day to day basis, airline operators will only accept dangerous goods complying with the International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods ‘Regulations’ (IATA DGR).

Packaging for dangerous goods

Since 1 April 2007, the VCA Dangerous Goods Office has been responsibile for the certification of dangerous goods packaging within the UK.