Chemical System Consulting (CSC) are dangerous goods consultants with engineering and OH&S professional backgrounds.
With experience working with government and private industry, CSC specialises in assisting organisations to meet their obligations to manage the social, environmental and economical risks associated with dangerous goods and specifically those under the new ADG7.
The new Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7 (ADG7) has been developed to bring Australia in line with its trading partners to facilitate and simplify trade along with the safety of all those involved including the environment.
It is based on the United National Model Regulations for the transport of dangerous goods (15th revised) and is different to the previous ADG6.
ADG7 will underpin storage, handling and transport of dangerous goods in Australia from January 1, 2008. There will be a transition period for industry and emergency services to adopt the changes to their business processes until January 1, 2009 when it will be fully enforceable by the relevant government authority.
ADG7 contains the rules by which dangerous goods must be classified, packaged and labelled, plus the rules for documentation, tanks, vehicles, placarding and segregation while transporting by both road and rail.
ADG7 has introduced or made changes with regards to consignor’s responsibilities, placarding of loads, infectious substances, driver and vehicle licenses and minimum insurance of $5m for each unit of a vehicle.
ADG7 outlines the powers of authorised officers with regards searches of vehicles, inspections of premises and seizure of property. It also includes a range of recommended sanctions and penalties.