Consignors required to appoint a DGSA by 31 December 2022

The Dangerous Goods team at the Department for Transport have created a video to explain, in simple terms:
the requirement for consignor only companies involved in the carriage of dangerous goods to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) no later than 31st December 2022.
The content of this video applies to the transport of dangerous goods by road and/or rail.

Consignor only companies, unlike those involved in the packing, filling, loading, unloading and transport, had previously been exempt from this requirement. However, in 2019, amendments were made to the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations for road (ADR) and rail (RID) requiring consignors to appoint a DGSA. This is a legal requirement within GB through the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (as amended).

Given this regulatory change was first written within the 2019 versions of ADR and RID, there has been a 4-year transitional period to adapt to this requirement. Therefore, this video serves as a reminder that this transitional period is nearing its end, and those organisations still needing to appoint a DGSA shall do so no later than 31st December 2022.

There are several exemptions to appointing a DGSA. However, if you are unable to determine whether these exemptions are applicable to your business, it can be useful to consult with a DGSA (as a one-off service) to find out whether you fall within scope of this requirement.  It is advisable that organisations can confidently explain how they are exempt.

More information / Questions?
Please consult our guidance on employing a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA).

Thank God it’s Christmas!!

We’d like to thank all our loyal customers for their continued support during a challenging 2021 and look forward to working with you throughout 2022 and beyond.

We will be taking some well deserved time off over Christmas and the office will be closed from 20th December and reopening on the 6th January.

Looking forward, we are continuing to offer all of our courses as “Face to Face” or as a live online instructor lead course. For more information please drop us a line.

Once again we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Significant Changes to the 63rd Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 2022

As we see 2021 heading into the final months, its time to start looking at what 2022 will bring? As usual IATA will be revising the Dangerous Goods Regulations. A copy of those changes can be found here:

One of the most significant changes that is occurring in 2022 is Lithium Batteries by Air again!

IATA have announced the removal of Section II for the shipment of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries on their own. This will have an impact on shippers of batteries with a watt hour rating under 100 or under 2 g of lithium metal content will have to review their shipping procedures. It will mean that shippers of lithium batteries by air will have to prepare shippers’ declarations for every consignment.

Products with a watt hour rating under 100 include mobile phones, laptops and other small battery powered devices. If this affects you or your business, book your lithium battery training with us to make sure you are up-to-date and understand these changes. 

Return to Normal

Our world has been turned upside down these last few months, however following the Governments announcement earlier this week we are pleased to announce a restart to our “face to face” training from the 6th July.

We will ensure that we have COVID secure policies in place and ask that our customers are able to provide a safe environment that meets the current requirements.

Whilst we are looking to start our onsite training again, we feel in the short term that our new webinar service is the safest way forward for all. This will meet the statutory requirements to ensure that our training will be COVID safe.

We hope that all of our customers have managed to stay well during these times and look forward to working with you all again in the future.

CAA Webinar Approval

Dear Customers,

Since the announcement of the lockdown and because we take your safety seriously, we have adapted our training solutions to work within the new reality of social distancing. This led to the launch of our new range of dangerous goods webinars, providing the same high-quality training in the comfort of your own home.

We have now received notification from the UK CAA that we are now able to provide our Dangerous Goods by Air Courses by Webinar. In a time of much uncertainty, this is a significant success for us, as it will enable us to offer you the full range of dangerous goods training solutions via webinar.

If you wish to book please email us at [email protected]. For any other queries, contact us by all the means including phone or email

Civil Aviation Authority Extension

The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued an Exemption in regard to the current validity for all Dangerous Goods by Air training certificates issued that are due to expire whilst the current COVID-19 restrictions are in place. This extension applies to the standard Dangerous Goods by Air, Lithium Batteries, Radioactive Materials and any specific subset courses that we have conducted.

The current extension allows anybody that has a certificate that is due to expire, to carry on shipping Dangerous Goods until 31 October 2020 or until the exemption is removed, expires or alternative means of training are available.

Whilst we thank the CAA for providing this helpful extension, we have been working on an alternative way of conducting ours courses by webinar. The CAA has asked to review our procedures for these webinar courses and we are expecting the “Green Light” for them to go ahead shortly.

Once we have the go ahead we recommend you carry out your revalidation training using this method, rather than waiting until later on in the year as we may not have the capacity to carryout everyones training at once.

If you have any questions regarding this extension or our webinar based training, please feel free to contact us.

COVID-19 Updates

Just a quick message to let you all know, that in keeping with Government guidelines we have suspended all face to face training for the time being.

We are currently awaiting information from the UK Civil Aviation Authority with regard to certificates that are due to expire during this turbulent period. Hopefully we will get an answer by the end of this week and update you accordingly.

Please don’t worry about courses that are currently booked, as we have been looking at alternative ways to ensure that training takes place. We have been exploring the use of webinars to enable us to conduct our courses remotely. Whilst this is new technology to us and there may be a few teething problems, we don’t expect there to be any unresolvable issues.

This new format could open up a whole new way of conducting our courses in the future,  however we do not see this as replacing our usual face to face courses in the long term.

Most importantly look after yourselves and each other, stay healthy and see you on the other side.

Updated Lithium Battery Guidance for 2020

To assist shippers in understanding the complete requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, including packing instructions, IATA has prepared the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG).

Download the updated Guidance Document (pdf) to learn how to comply with the 61st (2020) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on definitions, classification, exceptions, prohibitions. It also includes FAQs.


As of 15 January 2018, baggage equipped with a lithium battery, where the lithium battery is designed to charge other devices and cannot be removed from the luggage, is forbidden for carriage.

More information about the Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries and/or Electronics (pdf).