What Should I Consider When Hiring a DGSA

What Should I Consider When Hiring a DGSA?

As of 31 December 2022, any company that handles dangerous goods must appoint a DGSA, including anyone who consigns, transports, picks, packs, organises, fills, loads or unloads dangerous goods on a regular basis, by road, rail or inland waterway.

If your business is included in the above list, you’ll need to start looking for a DGSA. To get the best and most suitable guidance from your appointed advisor, you should take into account the below:


When hiring a DGSA, it is important to obtain evidence of a DGSA certification, and ensure that it has been completed within the last 5 years.

In order to become qualified, a DGSA must complete a series of examinations to obtain their DGSA certificate. This certificate is essential for DGSAs to practice and specifies which modes of transport and the classes of dangerous goods the DGSA is qualified to monitor and advise on.

Choosing a DGSA without this certification means that you are not complying with the legal responsibility of hiring a licensed DGSA, and you will not be able to continue work involving dangerous goods.

Knowledge & Experience

The DGSA should have a thorough understanding of the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods and should be up-to-date with any changes to these regulations. They should also have practical experience in managing the transport of dangerous goods and be able to provide advice on best practices and risk management.


Every business operates differently, and appointing a DGSA needs to fit around the way that you work. Whether you prefer regular onsite visits, or your operation makes communicating via phone call easier, it is important to find a way to work which fits your business’s needs. Communication is vital – when speaking to potential DGSAs, make sure you mention your preferred way of working and ensure that this aligns with their expectations.

Communication Skills

The DGSA should have excellent communication skills and be able to provide clear and concise advice to management and operational staff on the transport of dangerous goods. They should also be able to communicate effectively with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.

Industry Knowledge

The DGSA should have experience working in the same or similar industry as the company that is hiring them. This will enable them to provide more relevant and effective advice and support.



The DGSA should be available to provide support and advice whenever it is needed. They should also be able to respond quickly to any emergencies or incidents involving dangerous goods.


The DGSA should be professional and reliable in their work. They should be able to work independently and be committed to ensuring the safety and compliance of the company's dangerous goods transport operations.


The cost of hiring a DGSA will depend on a number of factors, including their qualifications, experience, and availability. It is important to ensure that the cost is reasonable and that the DGSA is providing value for money.


Overall, hiring a DGSA is an important decision that should be taken seriously. By considering these key factors, you can ensure that you hire a qualified and experienced DGSA who can provide effective advice and support to your company's dangerous goods transport operations.


If you’re looking for an experienced DGSA to provide advice for your business, contact Total Compliance today. We provide a range of packages to meet your DGSA needs with extensive knowledge of transport legislation and training to ensure that your business stays compliant.

For more information, call us on 0345 9001312, or complete our enquiry form one of the team will get back to you.

Want to learn more? Find out more about DGSA requirements by visiting the links to our blogs below: 

Do you need a DGSA?

The purpose of a DGSA

Is you DGSA up to date?