ADR Compliance

  • What Is Limited Quantity in ADR?

    When it comes to transporting dangerous goods, there are several ADR regulations and signs that drivers need to take into consideration. One of the most frequently used signs is the limited quantity label. At BseenBsafe, we stock two sizes of limited quantity labels, the smaller of the two for packages and the larger for vehicles, trailers, and containers But what are limited quantity goods and how important are limited quantity labels?

     

    What does limited quantity mean?

    Limited Quantitly Label Limited quality labels feature a white diamond-shaped with a black outline.

    Limited quantity refers to any hazardous goods shipped in small containers and packed in boxes. Transporting dangerous materials in smaller quantities generally means less risk. While there's a chance regular dangerous goods labels won't be necessary, the goods still need to be identified with a limited quantity label.

    For road (ADR) transport, all packaging group 1 dangerous goods are forbidden. Smaller quantities of packaging groups 2 and 3 substances can be transported as LQ.

     

    How should LQ goods be packed?

    Limited quantity substances are packed with a limited quantity label such as an LQ packaging label. According to limited quantity regulations for ADR transport, packages do not need to feature PSN, UN numbers or hazard warnings on the box. LQ labels now replace these marks.

    The label indicates packaging shipped in accordance with these regulations. Limited quality labels need to be a diamond-shaped symbol that measures 100mm by 100mm. It features a white background and black outlines.

     

    When should you use limited quantity labels?

    There is a range of factors to consider before deciding whether hazardous materials can be shipped with limited quantity labels. This includes the type of substance, hazard class, the total weight of a package and the size of the inner receptacle.

    You might need a limited quantity label for goods such as paints, adhesives, aerosols, and drain cleaners. Substances that have radioactive and explosive qualities are unlikely to be eligible because of their dangerous properties.

    Weight is another important factor. You can apply limited quantity labels to boxes with an inner packaging weight of up to 5kg and an outer weight that does not exceed 30 kgs. The maximum weight for goods you are transporting on shrink-wrapped trays.20kgs is

     

    Get your ADR compliant labels today

    BseenBsafe are unable to advise you on which signs you need for your vehicles or packages; your Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor is able to support you with this. All of our products comply with the British Standard BS5609 and meet the compliance of all relevant safety registrations. For more information on our limited quality labels get in touch via the contact form.

  • A Guide To ADR Compliant Fire Extinguishers

    Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to transporting hazardous goods. This falls under ADR compliance, which follows a set of requirements on the materials that can be transported. Some hazardous materials are flammable, so it’s a good idea to have AD compliant fire extinguishers on hand. In order to meet ADR requirements, vehicles that are carrying dangerous goods need to carry a minimum of 1 two kilo fire extinguisher. There are important vehicle safety statistics to take note of with fire extinguishers.

    What are the standards for ADR Compliant Fire Extinguishers?

    • The minimum dry powder fire extinguisher provision is 2 kg for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. It’s 2kg for a cab.
    • The minimum provision is 8kg for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and up to 7.5 tonnes.
    • The minimum provision is 12kg for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes.
    • The minimum requirement for any vehicle carrying dangerous goods under the ‘small load’ limit is 2kg.

    At BSeenBSafe, we specialise in selling a number of ADR approved fire extinguishers.  We’ve put together a product guide and how each one can be used for safety purposes.

    What fire extinguisher types do we sell?

    2 KG Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher

    The 2KG dry powder fire extinguisher meets the minimum ADR requirements. It can be used to put out class A, B and C fires. Class A fires are the most common and are normally caused by combustible objects like paper and wood. Class B fires are started by flammable liquids such as petrol, while class C fires are caused by flammable gases such as petroleum and propane.

    The 2 kg fire extinguisher is suitable for fires that break out in commercial and business environments. It’s effective in fires that have been caused by liquids, making it ideal for protecting a vehicle. With an average discharge time of nine seconds, this fire extinguisher is an invaluable product.

    6 KG Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher

    The 6 kg extinguisher is kitemark certified to BSEN3, which means it meets industry safety standards. Suitable against class A, B and C fires, this extinguisher has an average discharge time of 15 seconds. In addition to offering vehicle protection, it can be used in office and industrial settings. The 6kg extinguisher is highly effective against fires that have been caused by liquids such as petrol.

    9 KG Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher

    This extinguisher is useful for putting out fires in business, commercial and industrial environments. Whether it’s a Class A fire or petrol-related blaze, the 9kg extinguisher can be used in different situations. It comes with a quality kitemark certified to BSEN3, meaning it adheres to ADR standards.

    The extinguisher is suitable for a vehicle because it’s effective against liquid based fires. Class B fires are common in vehicles, so it’s a product worth investing in.

    To meet ADR standards, it’s crucial for a vehicle to have a high level of fire safety. We stock a variety of ADR compliant products at an affordable price. Some of our other fire safety products include fire extinguisher cases and putty solution. Our equipment complies with the British Standard BS5609 and meets the compliance of various safety registrations.

    If you’d like more information then feel free to call us on 0300 1330 534. Alternatively, you can email us or get in touch via the contact form. A member of staff will be happy to answer any questions you have.

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask About ADR Compliance

    What is ADR Compliance?

    ADR Compliance revolves around the transporting dangerous and hazardous goods within the UK and internationally by road. The treaty, most recently amended in 2017, sets out the requirements you need to follow to transport dangerous materials. The full ADR Compliance document details what materials you can transport. It also details what packaging and labelling requirement your cargo will need.

    What's so important about ADR Compliance?

    Any business that transports dangerous materials in vehicles must be conscious of ADR compliance. Drivers transporting those materials must also be trained in ADR. Business owners that deal in hazardous materials have a Duty of Care to store and transport these materials safely.

    Breaching these requirements can lead to prohibitions and criminal prosecution. The impact of these punishments for you and your business can be devastating, but there's also a risk to life. ADR compliance makes sure you minimise the chance of risk and injury, should there be an incident with your cargo. This is why ADR Compliance is so important.

    What do I need to be aware of to remain ADR Compliant?

    This guide is not a replacement for consulting the ADR document yourself. However, you can start considering your ADR compliance by asking the following questions:

    1. Are your staff properly trained?

    ADR requires your operators to be properly trained in handling and transporting dangerous goods. Operators in this instance does not mean the drivers, but any employee that works in the environment of hazardous material. Think about it - an incident can happen in the warehouse as easily as it can do on the road.

    2. Are your drivers carrying the right documents?

    Drivers that carry ADR loads should have the right documents with them. Inspections can and do happen by enforcement authorities, so it's vital your drivers have everything they need. Make sure your documents have important information such as the UN number, the shipping name and hazard class. Your driver should also have a process to follow in case of accident in the form of written instructions.

    3. Are your drivers carrying the right equipment?

    To be ADR compliant, there is equipment your driver needs on board their vehicles. This ranges from fire extinguishers and high-visibility clothing to chemical spill control equipment. Any equipment that is missing, damaged, our out of date can see your driver receive a notice or written warning. Poorly-kept or out-of-date equipment might cause more risk if there an incident. Keep your driver safe, and your business out of trouble, with regular equipment checks.

    4. Who is your Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor?

    Every organisation that operates under ADR needs an appointed Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor. The DGSA's responsibilities are to monitor and oversee compliance with the law and that your staff are fully trained. They check the suitability of both your subcontractors and your loading and unloading procedures. The best DGSA is an active one - they should be taking active ownership of your business's compliance.

    5. Are your ADR markings correct?

    Ensuring your vehicles have the right ADR compliant signage on them is vital. These markings must be clear, unobstructed and of an appropriate standard.

    While we can't advise on which markings you need for your vehicles, we pride ourselves in stocking a vast range of ADR complaint equipment at a reasonable price. All of our products comply with the British Standard BS5609 and meet the compliance of numerous safety registrations. You can be certain that, when you buy with us, your ADR compliance for equipment and labelling is as adherent as possible.

    If you want to know more, get in touch today through our contact form, by email or call us on 0330 1330 534 . We will be in touch as soon as possible to help you out.

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