Pay attention or pay the price.
As I told you in my previous post, there are many exceptions in ADR. But how are you supposed to decide whether you can load those dangerous goods or not? Even if you hold a valid ADR certificate sometimes difficult to find out where are those thresholds, where you have to open the orange plate. Therefore most of the drivers just open it without the chance to check, whether it is necessary or not. Just in case. And what about those drivers who hasn’t any ADR licence. How are they know what to do with a box of hazardous material?
Take a look at what regulation says.
Persons employed by the participants referred to in Chapter 1.4, whose duties concern the carriage of dangerous goods, shall be trained in the requirements governing the carriage of such goods appropriate to their responsibilities and duties. Employees shall be trained in accordance with 1.3.2 before assuming responsibilities and shall only perform functions, for which required training has not yet been provided, under the direct supervision of a trained person. Training requirements specific to security of dangerous goods in Chapter 1.10 shall also be addressed.
OK, so they need training as well. But what kind of training?
- General awareness training
- Function-specific training
- Safety training
Who can provide this training?
The dangerous goods safety adviser. Every company who dealing with hazardous substances have to appoint a DGSA. ADR 1.8.3 specifies the duties of the DGSA. And one of his/her duty is:
the proper training of the undertaking’s employees, including on the changes to the regulations, and the maintenance of records of such training
Every driver without a valid ADR licence can not take any hazardous goods, not even a box -or limited quantity or expected quantity etc.-unless he/she had the training (General, Function-specific, Safety) before.
One more thing: Records of this training received according to ADR shall be kept by the employer and made available to the employee or competent authority, upon request.