Safety Advisor – consignor

published on Fri 30 December 2022

A consignor who only dispatches hazardous goods but is not involved in packaging, loading, filling or unloading must appoint a safety advisor according to ADR/ADN/RID.

Legislative amendment
In ADR/ADN/RID 2019, the requirement to have a safety advisor was extended to any company that ships hazardous goods. This company should have a certified safety advisor. While there is a transition period until 31 December 2022, this transition period for consignors of hazardous goods is coming to an end and consignors are required to have appointed a safety advisor from 1 January 2023.

Who does this apply to?

  1. Any company whose activities include the shipment or transport of hazardous goods by road, rail or inland waterway.
  2. Companies that perform loading, unloading, filling or packaging operations associated with the transport mentioned in point 1, including transhipment from road, rail or inland waterway to another mode of transport or vice versa.

The company must appoint one or more certified safety advisors for the transport of hazardous goods, who are responsible for helping to prevent the dangers associated with this type of activity to the safety of persons, property and the environment.

What is the role of a safety advisor?

  • The safety advisor advises the company on the transport of hazardous goods.
  • Ensure that companies comply with rules on transporting hazardous goods.
  • Take measures to prevent accidents.
  • Establish emergency procedures.
  • Report accidents (see also the memo on reporting incidents).
  • Prepare an annual report on safety in the transport of hazardous goods.
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