When dealing with the transport of dangerous goods, there is nothing more important than protecting the health of those who transport them. Having to deal with flammable liquids, corrosive or toxic substances or chemical waste means carrying the risk of getting physically harmed when coming in contact with hazardous substances.
But not only. The moment that these goods leak and get in contact with the environment that surrounds them, they represent a risk to the ecosystem and everything in its proximity. The tremendous damage that leakage of chemical waste can do when in contact with water or the exhaust of toxic gas into the atmosphere can damage the ecosystem, the animals as well as people, causing short- and long-term health problems.
Protecting yourself by adhering to the regulations
In all these cases, it is advised to take precautional steps to avoid possible risks, which are manifold during the transport of dangerous goods. It’s not only a question of using the right kind of packaging and the most convenient way of transport for the specific dangerous goods, but also an obligation to indicate in the most obvious way the danger on its inside. How to do that? By using conformable hazard labels.
Those are defined by norms currently in place and must be adhered to by all companies which are dealing with dangerous goods. Therefore, knowing how to choose the right ones makes a huge difference for the sake of the environment and for human beings.
The experts of the sector
Nonetheless, this is a subject of great importance, some companies, which are dealing with dangerous goods are not always up to date on the latest regulations. Especially in these cases it is key to ask for expert advice and subsequently to receive support on choosing dangerous goods labels.
But who are those experts and where can I find them?
The ADR consultant
You can receive expert advice by contacting a so-called ADR consultant, who is specialized on providing technical support regarding handling and transport by rail, supporting companies that need to adhere to the ADR regulations. This entails also the legislation on hazard labels: the scope of the ADR consultant is also to oversee the correct use of labeling and marking as well as the utilization of the correct packaging for dangerous goods transports.
In order to become an ADR consultant, one has to be in possession of an official course certificate, which is being handed out by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to those persons that have positively completed the exam. Being prepared as such, the ADR consultant is qualified to advise companies on all questions related to the ADR regulation.
To put yourself in his care, also means taking responsibility for one’s wellbeing, but this is not the only advantage to it. The advice of an ADR consultant implies, not having to fear administrative sanctions when transporting material such as explosives, flammable, toxic or other hazardous substances, as an infringement of the regulations (known or unknown) can very well lead to heavy fines that, in some cases, can have serious consequences for the companies.
A second option could be trusting in firms that have experience in the sector, providing information to those who request it. There are plenty of companies out there that provide a certain know-how, but it is always advised to only trust expert firms, specialized in the production of dangerous goods labels.
Companies that have a vast experience in the field, offer the following services to their clients: obviously the service of a consultancy in order to get their labels stamped and shipped in a short period of time, with the option of customization, also purchasable online through an e-commerce platform.
In this case the ADR consultant comes once again into effect: as we already mentioned before, every company that deals with dangerous goods must have one (with some exceptions). His opinion and guidance are available to everybody that requests it, from the single customer to big companies that want to ship dangerous goods the safest way possible, while respecting the current norms. They not only turn out to be a great support, but also provide protection to human beings and the surrounding infrastructure.