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ADR

European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR):

The ADR is an extensive framework. The agreement contains regulations concerning the carriage of dangerous goods by road. The participants in the carriage of dangerous goods shall take appropriate measures according to the nature and the extent of foreseeable dangers, so as to avoid damage or injury and, if necessary, to minimize their effects. They shall, in all events, comply with the requirements of ADR in their respective fields (1.4.1.1 ADR). Participating parties have to take certain provisions with regard to:

Safety advisor

Each enterprise, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, of dangerous goods by road shall appoint one or more safety advisors for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regard to persons, property and the environment (1.8.3 ADR). For carriage in a transport chain including maritime or air carriage, the regulations become complex. If requirements for packing, labeling of packages, placarding and orange plate marking are not in accordance with the requirements of the ADR, the requirements of the IMDG-Code (maritime carriage) or IATA (air carriage) shall be accepted. In the Netherlands ADR inspections are carried out by certified inspectors. After inspection the driver receives a signed checklist. In case the carriage is not in accordance with the ADR regulations the carriage will be interrupted until the defects observed are rectified. The transport operation may only be continued once the consignment complies with the applicable regulations. This can lead to considerable delay and costs in case of missing required equipment, labels or documents such as instructions in writing.

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