DGSA Information

What is a DGSA?

A Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) is a person certified to provide advice, monitor compliance with legal requirements and ensure the preparation of an annual report. The detailed provisions regarding the role of a DGSA for carriage by road are listed in ADR 1.8.3.

Who needs to appoint a DGSA? 

An undertaking involved in the consignment or carriage of dangerous goods by road, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, must appoint a vocationally qualified safety adviser or advisers.  A DGSA’s function is to advise you on health, safety and environmental matters in connection with the carriage of dangerous goods.

The undertakings affected are those:

  1. Who consign dangerous goods for carriage which may include the packing, filling or loading the means of transport;
  2. Who are operators of road vehicles used for the carriage of dangerous goods;

  3. Who load/unload dangerous goods in transit to their final destination (including temporary storage), such as freight forwarders or warehouses - this category also covers undertakings at ports and airports that load/unload dangerous goods on or off road vehicles.

There are some exemptions from the obligation to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser. For detail in relation to this please refer to the guidance below.

Guidance on the Appointment of a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser

Responsibilities of a DGSA

Guidance has been developed which is intended to inform DGSAs, and undertakings who need to appoint a DGSA, about the roles and responsibilities of a dangerous goods safety adviser:

Guidance on the Duties of a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA)

DGSA training and examination

Guidance on DGSA training and examination if provided in our ADR Guide for Business, specifically Chapter 6.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) was appointed by the Health and Safety Authority in 2001 as the examination body for DGSAs for the transport of dangerous goods by road.

CILT also provides examinations covering the rail mode on behalf of the Minister for Transport.

Details on exam fees, venues, exam dates and related information is available at www.cilt.ie.

Supplementary training for DGSAs

A number of the DGSA training providers (provided by CILT), supply additional training in the form of one or two-day seminars on the practical aspects of working as a DGSA which will assist persons in meeting their responsibilities as practicing dangerous goods safety advisers. These seminars are intended for persons who have already obtained their DGSA certificates. Interested parties should contact the training providers directly for details of course availability.

DGSA services

Persons or companies involved in the consignment or transport of dangerous goods who require the services of a DGSA may opt to contact the DGSA Association of Ireland (DGSAAI - see link provided below) or the DGSA training providers (provided by CILT) who may be in a position to refer them to a qualified DGSA.

Persons holding a current DGSA certificate from any Member State of the European Community may act for an undertaking in any other Member State for those classes of dangerous goods and transport modes covered by their certificate.

The Health and Safety Authority does not publish a list of qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers.

Other Useful Information & Websites

The Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor's Association of Ireland (DGSAAI) was set up in 2003 to provide a focal point and support network for practicing DGSA's and allied professionals. For further information and membership application forms see www.dgsaai.ie