Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA)
The nature and complexities of the ADR are such that the requirements for carriage should be determined by a person who is qualified to do so, namely a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA).
Legislation concerning the requirement to appoint a DGSA was introduced as an effective means of ensuring that participants in the transport of dangerous goods had ready access to a qualified person who could advise on health, safety and the environmental matters connected with the transportation of dangerous goods. Any undertaking whose activities involve the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods by road is required to appoint a DGSA. Following a course of training, candidates must pass a written examination that includes case studies, to become qualified and certified. The examination is organized by the Competent Authority (Transport Malta), or by an examining body designated by it.
Appointment of a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA)
European Council Directive 2008/68/EC and Legal Notice 211 of 2003 stipulate that undertakings whose activities include the transport or related loading or unloading of dangerous goods by road must appoint a DGSA. Such advisers may be employed on a full-time basis by the undertaking, however it is permitted to hire-in the services of a consultant who holds a DGSA certificate. The appointment of a DGSA is central to compliance with the ADR requirements and is required by law. DGSAs have a duty to keep themselves fully informed on changes that occur in the ADR. It remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure compliance with the regulations concerning the carriage of dangerous goods by road, notwithstanding the availability of a DGSA. The duties of the DGSA fall within the following general areas:
Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser Training
DGSA courses may be organised in Malta when sufficient demand exists. Courses are conducted in English utilising the services of a professional training service provider approved by the Transport Authorities of the country of origin. The course fee includes the two ADR volumes used during the course (which are retained by candidates) and also the examination fees.
DGSA certificates issued by other EU Member States are valid also in Malta.
Enterprises involved in the carriage of dangerous goods by road, but who do not employ directly a qualified DGSA, are permitted under the regulations to use the services of a consultant who holds a valid DGSA certificate. Details of such consultants are obtainable from the link below.
99875858 / 20137400
99175951 / 79826530
99422544 / 21422010
79092467 / 21803841/2
99471339 / 21462022
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