On Friday 30th January 2015, Resolve Consulting Ltd and the Malta Insurance Institute organised a talk at the Malta Insurance Training Centre on the subject of ADR.
The presentation on the subject was made by Mr. James Clark, an experienced Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) and trainer. Mr. Andre Farrugia, president of the MII and Mr. Saviour Ellul, a trained DGSA from Resolve Consulting, introduced the lecturer.
ADR is an extensive set of guidelines for those involved in the transport of dangerous goods by road. It has been part of Maltese law since 2003. It has now been adopted partially or totally by 44 states including EU Member States. It regulates the minimum training of those involved with the transport of dangerous goods by road be they drivers, manufacturers or transport company staff. ADR specifies the approved packaging, labelling, security arrangements, critical transport conditions and other aspects that have a bearing on the safety of carriage.
Over 2000 substances and items are classified as dangerous goods and the risk of a mishap when transporting them can be catastrophic to life, property and the environment – hence the requirement that players are competently advised by approved DGSAs.
Some dangerous substances are exempt from certain ADR rules when they are transported in specific quantities, packaging and circumstances.
The presentation was followed up with questions from the audience.
Both Resolve Consulting and the MII received positive comments about the presentation and it was clear that the insurance industry needs to be aware and keep abreast of ADR since breaches can lead to a high level of risk.