What to Expect When Becoming a DGSA

What to Expect When Becoming a DGSA?

Becoming a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) is a great career choice for those interested in taking responsibility for the safe handling and transport of hazardous substances. The job involves evaluating the risks associated with storing, packaging, transporting, and using various dangerous materials, as well as providing safety advice and guidance to employees.

How To Become a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA)

Candidates must first pass DGSA exams administered by the Department of Transport, after which they will be entitled to issue transport certificates for the goods being transported. To qualify for these certification exams, candidates must have an appropriate science qualification or specialised technical qualifications related to dangerous goods.

Once exams are complete, qualified DGSAs may take on other roles such as formulating risk assessments and procedures related to the transportation of dangerous goods in order to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

DGSAs also need to maintain professional development by attending industry conferences and workshops in order to keep up-to-date with industry advancements. Furthermore, ongoing professional training should also be taken when required in order to ensure that safety standards remain high.

A DGSA holds an important role within their company as they are responsible for ensuring that their company operates safely while transporting potentially hazardous substances.  As a DGSA, you will be responsible for advising your employer on the safe transportation of dangerous goods by road, rail, inland waterway, or sea. You will also be responsible for ensuring that your employer complies with the relevant regulations, preparing and implementing an annual dangerous goods safety report, and overseeing the training of employees involved in dangerous goods transportation.

Professional Development

The DGSA qualification is unparalleled in its significance for the road transport industry and is an essential requirement for any professional dealing with dangerous goods. Although there are training requirements for Sea and Air transport, the DGSA role remains unmatched. Obtaining this qualification also enhances one's comprehension of other modes and their respective variations.

All in all, becoming certified as a qualified DGSA is worthwhile investment that can open up various opportunities in the industry.

If you are looking to hire a DGSA at your business, get in touch with Total Compliance today on: 0345 9001312, or complete our enquiry form and one of the team will get back to you.

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