ADR Transport – Dangerous Goods

ADR Transport – Dangerous Goods

Barratrans is enabled for the transport of dangerous goods, nationally and internationally. See our certifications.

During the transport operations of dangerous goods various factors become critical: the goods, as the safety of people involved and the environment.

  • Explosives
  • Flammable solids
  • Oxidants
  • Toxic
  • Corrosives


Risks in road transport

During the transport of dangerous goods , they are subject to a strong combination of adverse factors, which are called risk . When transporting on traffic routes these factors may be due to:

  •  State of the road: routing, state maintenance, traffic volume, accidents and signaling;
  •  Atmosphere conditions;
  • State of the vehicle (failures in the goods transport mechanisms): containment mechanisms (container or tank) or seal (valves or connections);
  • Driver’s experience;
  • Fire or explosion
 Exposure to one or more of these factors, the transport of dangerous goods subject to what is called Bus Incident Hazardous Products (IRPP). A IRPP is any event, during transport, resulting in a spill or leak of a hazardous material considered in the road axis.

In order to avoid these incidents, we should focus on precautionary measures to reduce the risks. The risks depend on both sources of danger as control mechanisms (also known as protective measures, safeguard or simply protection), being directly proportional to the first and inversely proportional to the latter. Thus, the higher and better the control mechanisms applied to a source of danger, the lower the intensity of risk. However, while it can achieve high levels of minimization of risk adjacent to the transport of dangerous goods, it is impossible to eliminate completely.

Transportation safety

In order to optimize safety in the handling of dangerous goods, we must take into account the following aspects (Ruriani , 2008):

  • Material classification before transporting: know the material being transported is crucial. Knowing what their physical properties, vulnerabilities and risks associated with transport. This information must be stored to allow fast access of the supply chain to the same team, if necessary .
  • Distribution Environment: circumstances and the area where the transport is accomplished involve care and prevention of additional risks, which should be taken into account in the preparation of transportation.
  • Regulations: the transport of dangerous goods may involve the need for special requirements, the regulation may change depending on the location. Know and comply with the regulations not only helps in preventing risks to avoid severe penalties.
  • Packaging: appropriate packaging is essential for the safe transport of dangerous goods. Cracked or damaged packaging endanger not only those who carry them as the surrounding environment. The use of suitable containers, cushioning material, absorbent and secure locks, will cause the material does not shift during transport.
  • Documentation: it must have everything documented. Documents with the details of the content and characteristics of the material to be transported facilitates the entire process in the logistics chain.
  • Marking and identification: all shipments must be marked and identified. Involved in the transport and handling of hazardous materials must be able to clearly identify the type of material with which they operate and the risks to which they are exposed. The additional information or markings should be removed so as not to cause confusion.
  • Training: we must invest in the training of specific activities of each operator before the handling of dangerous goods . This training can be achieved through seminars on the handling of dangerous goods rules.
  • Changes: changes in laws, properties of materials or environmental conditions, are inevitable. Joining this to the operating changes and supply from the carriers and suppliers, it is essential that the scenario is permanently monitored and taken preventive and corrective actions if necessary.
  • Carrier: some carriers have specific requirements and / or limitations on the transportation of hazardous materials. Prior to the carriage, one must be familiar with the carrier and how this method works, as well as the technological capabilities thereof.
  • Connection: the connection between the different supply chain links should be clear and efficient. Unforeseen situations, changes and problems, out of the planned, should undergo immediate intervention. Changes in the products or unforeseen weather conditions should be communicated to all those involved in transport.

Source: Wikipedia.


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