Hazchem Depot 040 – Nicholson’s Transport ADR 2009

09 June 2009

Teesside haulage company Nicholson’s Transport brought together industry experts for an informative workshop about the changes in ADR legislation, including Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor Peter J Harris and Hazchem Network Managing Director Ali Karim. 

From July 1, any individual or company that handles or transports hazardous goods [under ADR regulations] will be required to complete paperwork that details exactly what they are carrying and who they are carrying it for. More than 30 people representing chemical and manufacturing firms from across the North-East attended the session at the Belasis Business Centre in Billingham. David Nicholson, managing director of Nicholson’s Transport, said: “We organised the workshop because we want people to fully understand the new legislation, what it means to them and their legal obligations.” 

Peter Harris, an independent Dangerous Goods consultant with DGSA credentials added - “The regulations affect so many businesses because what constitutes hazardous goods has been widened and includes products such as lithium batteries, lubricating oils as well as many more products becoming classified as Class 9 environmental hazard.”  

“There has been some confusion about the new regulations but hopefully we cleared that up with a one-stop session that gave people all of the information they need.” Added Kris Marsay, Transport Manager for Nicholson’s Transport. 

Representatives from companies including Corus, Avecia and Acumen Waste Services attended the workshop which was led by Ali Karim, founder of the Hazchem Network who has spent his entire career within the ‘Logistics of Dangerous Goods’ field.  

Karim said: “It’s so important that consignors understand the new legislation because the onus of responsibility now falls onto the carrier if they don’t provide ADR compliant Delivery Notes in DG Format which apart from usual logistics information such as consignor, consignee details must also include correct DG details -

UN NUMBER; PROPER SHIPPING NAME OF PRODUCT; CLASS; PACKING GROUP; description of the packing of the goods and a TUNNEL CODE [from 1st Jan 2010] 

Examples of what DG information that must be denoted on the Delivery Note for ADR Compliance - 


UN 1263, Paint, 3, III, (D/E)

25 x 25 KG Cans 

Karim continued - “ADR 2009 was introduced in January but there has been a period of grace until July 1, after that the authorities are likely to take a dim-view on those who do not have the correct transport documents [including the Road Tunnel Codes for Jan 1st 2010].” 

One of the main changes in ADR 2009 is the introduction of a generic TREM card [Instructions in writing] that outlines DG information about all classes of hazardous goods, but transporters will also be required to ensure that the delivery note is in Dangerous Goods format.  

This new legislation has been introduced Europe-wide and will be enforced by the police, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who will have the authority to issue prohibition notices for non-compliance. 

Contact Ali@hazmail.co.uk to learn how Hazchem Network can assist you in the logistics of palletised dangerous goods.

If you are based in the North-East of England contact kris.marsay@nicholsonstransport.co.uk who can provide you with logistics services to help support your business in the North East. 

Nicholson’s Transport was established in 1989 and offers distribution services across the UK including overnight delivery to Scotland. Nicholson’s is a founder member of the Hazchem Network, which specialises in the movement of hazardous goods. 

Nicholson’s Transport employs 50 staff from its head office in Billingham and depot at Doncaster. For more information, visit www.nicholsonstransport.co.uk 

More Details on ADR is available from this excellent resource from The Health & Safety Executive [HSE] - http://www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/adrcarriage.htm