What is ADR? – About the ADR regarding Road Transport of Dangerous Goods
What does ADR stand for?
ADR stands for ‘Accord DangereuxRoutier’ which is in English the “European Agreement concerning the international carriage of Dangerous goods by Road”
European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
ADR applicable as from 1 January 2011
The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) was done at Geneva on 30 September 1957 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and it entered into force on 29 January 1968. The Agreement itself was amended by the Protocol amending article 14 (3) done at New York on 21 August 1975, which entered into force on 19 April 1985.
- This all sounds quite straightforward but if you read on and have questions, our Area Sales Managers, Brian Eames, Rick Clarke and Brent Douglass can shed some light on the items you might need to be compliant.
The Agreement is short and simple. The key article is the second, which say that apart from some excessively dangerous goods, other dangerous goods may be carried internationally in road vehicles subject to compliance with the following:
- The conditions laid down in Annex A for the goods in question, in particular as regards their packaging and labelling; and the conditions laid down in Annex B, in particular as regards the construction, equipment and operation of the vehicle carrying the goods in question.
- Annexes A and B have been regularly amended and updated since the entry into force of ADR. Consequently, to the amendments for entry into force on 1 January 2011, a revised consolidated version has been published as document ECE/TRANS/215, Vol. I and II (“ADR 2011”).
- The structure is consistent with that of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (of the International Maritime Organization), the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (of the International Civil Aviation Organization) and the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail). The lay-out is as follows:
There are two types of ADR kit necessary to protect drivers specifically and vehicles. Typically you can buy two kinds of ADR kit; for example Hazchem’s DK0025 is for the driver and covers them for personal protection and in the event of being in direct risk from hazardous substances. So gloves, boots, eyewash and chemical suit are included.
The full Hazchem ADR kit on board gives you the confidence that if stopped by VOSA or police you can demonstrate quickly your compliance with the latest ADR regulations thus saving time and any penalties etc.
In the event of an incident, you also have the resource to hand as an ADR-trained driver to deal efficiently and professionally with the situation while protecting yourself from harm or injury.
Also, the vehicle kit such as the VK0010 which includes fire extinguishers, wheel chocks and folding sign and chemical emergency spill kit is the most comprehensive vehicle ADR kit on the road and would give you reassurance that you would have all you need to not only be compliant, but also safe.
Transport of dangerous goods needs to be regulated in order to prevent, as far as possible, accidents to persons or property and damage to the environment, the means of transport employed or to other goods. However, with different regulations in every country and for different modes of transport, international trade in chemicals and dangerous products would be seriously impeded, if not made impossible and unsafe. Moreover, dangerous goods are also subject to other kinds of regulations, e.g. work safety regulations, consumer protection regulations, storage regulations, environment protection regulations.
In order to ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonisation of hazard classification criteria and hazard communication tools (GHS) as well as for transport conditions for all modes for transport (TDG). In addition, the UNECE administers regional agreements that ensure the effective implementation of these mechanisms as far as transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways is concerned.
Annex A: General provisions and provisions concerning dangerous articles and substances
Part 1 General provisions
Part 2 Classification
Part 3 Dangerous goods list, special provisions and exemptions related to limited and excepted quantities
Part 4 Packing and tank provisions
Part 5 Consignment procedures
Part 6 Requirements for the construction and testing of packagings, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), large packagings and tanks
Part 7 Provisions concerning the conditions of carriage, loading, unloading and handling
Annex B: Provisions concerning transport equipment and transport operations
Part 8 Requirements for vehicle crews, equipment, operation and documentation
Part 9 Requirements concerning the construction and approval of vehicles
Applicability of ADR 2011 and limits of validity of previous editions published by the United Nations
Notwithstanding the transitional measures provided for in ADR 2011, which allow compliance with certain requirements contained in previous editions, the editions of ADR published by the United Nations which may be used for compliance are as follows:
Until 30 June 2011:
2009 edition (ECE/TRANS/202, Vol. I and II), as amended by document ECE/TRANS/WP.15/199, annex 1, and corrigenda 1, 3, 4 and 5
As from 1 January 2011:
2011 edition (ECE/TRANS/215, Vol. I and II).
We would be happy for you to call us here at Hazchem Safety about ADR kits and materials. 01280 841 400
New Registrations and ADR
For vehicles to comply fully with ADR the vehicles also need fire extinguishers (FE0220; FE0230; FE0260; FE0290, wheel chock which is right for the size of vehicle (AE0110; AE0610) and regulation plates. (VS0040; VS0041) available in stock and with fast delivery. Always remember to keep a set of instructions in writing (AE0018) with you while transporting hazardous goods – a mandatory ADR requirement. A laminated version is available to add to your order with current reductions on multiples of 50 and 100.
Hazchem Safety are also pleased to offer comprehensive ADR vehicle kits which include regulation dry powder fire extinguishers, wheel chocks etc suited to 3.5 ton vans, 7.5 ton trucks and HGVs. http://hazchemsafety.co.uk/shop/product.aspx?i=54548
Unsure about which kits or items you need? Why not tell us about the classes you’re driving and we’ll advise you on the kits you need! Call 01280 841 400
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