Transport of Dangerous Goods

The transport and interim storage of Dangerous Goods is heavily regulated in Australia through Federal and State Government requirements.

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail.

It is important that everyone involved in transporting dangerous goods understands their responsibilities to help prevent and reduce damage to people, property and the environment.

The relevant Acts and Regulations cover a myriad of requirements for the safe transport of Dangerous Goods, including;

  • Classification of Dangerous Goods
  • Packaging requirements
  • Requirements for Bulk Containers and Frieght Containers
  • Marking and Placarding
  • Segregation of DG’s
  • Operating procedures forTransfer of DG’s
  • Documentation requirements
  • Safety Equipment and Precautions
  • Emergency responsibilities of drivers

In NSW there are also restrictions on the passage of dangerous goods through tunnels and other overbridges.

Further, if an incident was to occur and SafeWork NSW or the NSW RMS investigations find fault or non-compliances under the relevant dangerous goods codes, heavy fines and possible jail terms for directors of companies are possible.

Hence it is imperative that any business, particularly businesses that move dangerous goods, seek professional dangerous goods advice to ensure that compliant dangerous goods plans, procedures and practices are in place.

Contact the AIDGC or select an accredited consultant from our website to assist you in the safe carriage of Dangerous Goods or an audit of your site or transport arrangements to ensure compliance and peace of mind.