Guide

How to transport dangerous goods

Enforcement of dangerous goods regulations

Different authorities are responsible for enforcing the regulations for transport by road, air and sea.

Road

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Department for Transport, in conjunction with the police and the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVANI), are the enforcement authorities in respect of compliance with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 covering road transport in Northern Ireland.

For international road movements, under the ADR European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, each national authority en route enforces its own requirements.

You can read how the regulations relating to the carriage of dangerous goods are enforced on the HSE website.

Air

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the agency responsible for matters related to compliance for goods offered to airlines for carriage by air.

The CAA currently receives around 600 dangerous goods incident reports a year. 

Sea

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is the agency responsible for matters related to compliance for goods moving by sea.

Rail

The Health and Safety Executive, the Office of Rail Regulation, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Department for Transport are the enforcement authorities in respect of compliance with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended) covering rail transport in Great Britain.