The Australian Codes Governing Transport of Dangerous Goods

This article was published on: 27 Oct 2021

Have you heard of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code? It’s vital for us to know about it in the heavy haulage industry, but we are often surprised by how many of our clients haven’t heard of it. The Australian Dangerous Goods Code provides transportation companies like us with consistent requirements to ensure we are providing the safest quality of service. The Code provides a compulsory guide to follow for the transportation of dangerous goods in Australia across road or rail.

This code aims to ensure the industry standard is held across the board for the transportation of dangerous goods. Regulations like these help prevent and reduce the risk of damage, injury and environmental impact. 

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) is promoted by The Advisory Committee on Transport of Dangerous Goods. It is modelled on the United Nations recommendations on the transportation of dangerous goods with some amendments to make it specific to Australia. But what is considered a dangerous good?

What is considered a dangerous good?

The Dangerous Goods Act 1985 classifies dangerous goods as substances that are flammable, corrosive, explosive, oxidising, water-reactive or are hazardous in some other way. Examples of these include flammable liquids, flammable gases, asbestos and explosives. The types of goods we transport are considered dangerous as they are abnormal in size. Things like heavy machinery and loads up to 190 tonnes- are considered dangerous merely from the sheer weight of the delivery. 

Do you need specific permissions to transport dangerous goods?

When transporting dangerous goods, there is a tonne of risk management involved. It’s vital any heavy haulage or transporter of hazardous goods identifies potential hazards to implement risk control during the transportation. To ensure goods of this kind are transported across Australia safely, all transportation providers need a specific license to transport these goods for their drivers and vehicles. While completing the commute, transport providers will need to have the correct transportation documents with them at all times. These documents describe the goods along with specific guidelines of how they should be handled. The name and phone number of the consignor will also be outlined on these documents. 

When it comes to transporting goods of dangerous nature, it is vital the company has the correct insurance and documentation. When installing the help of a heavy haulage provider, always ask to see insurance, so you know your goods are protected. The provider should supply a seamless logistic service right from acquiring any necessary permits, route planning, packaging and delivery. All whilst remaining in open communication with the client. 

At Hevi Haul, we have been transporting oversized loads and dangerous goods with over 50 years of combined experience. We pride ourselves on getting the job done following the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and our own safety protocols to the tee. Along with being on time and delivering your goods with a smile, every time. If you need some dangerous goods transported securely and safely, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. Our team at Hevi Haul has been working together for the past decade and know how to get the job done right. Give us a call on (08) 9356 9799 to hear what we can do for your business. 

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