How does ADR apply to the carriage of bottled gasses such as LPG, Acetylene, Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen, argon or other industrial gases?

Are you carrying LPG, Acetylene, Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen, argon or other industrial gases?

We often get asked what ADR signage and equipment do I require when transporting bottled gas. The first important point is to establish what volume you are carrying. If it is less than 333kg then you need to follow the following:-

  • Driver to have received “general awareness”, “function specific”, and “safety” training (ADR 1.3).  A training record should be kept.
  • Vehicle to be equipped with at least one 2 kg dry powder fire extinguisher which is kept in good working order.
  • The load to be properly stowed.
  • HSE has published the leaflet “Working safely with acetylene” and the British Compressed Gases Association has a useful guidance note on the topic of carrying gas cylinders in vehicles, GN27 Guidance for the carriage of gas cylinders on vehicles. This and a wider range of BCGA publicationscan be found on their website. The UKLPG has also published its Code of Practice 27 “Carriage of LPG Cylinders by Road.

Carriage of more than the 333kg?

The requirements of CDG 2009 and ADR apply in full. Therefore the driver needs to be ADR trained, ADR kit needs to be carried DK0280 Class 2 ADR kit which will cover all your safety equipment. In addition to this you need an orange ADR sign on the front of the vehicle and a ADR sign to the rear. Also dry powder fire extinguishers are to be carried according to the size of the vehicle.

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