Multimodal International Regulations Updates for COVID-19

Dangerous Goods Regulations 2020 - air, sea, road, rail

Unsurprisingly, in these challenging times, there have been a number of derogations and regulatory updates issued to help alleviate some of the problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We thought that it would be useful to consolidate the key information that we have received to date all in one place.  Of course, these may change and further amendments are likely to be issued.

Road / Rail updates for Covid-19

The UK’s DfT has issued a letter that includes:

  • extensions to the validation of ADR Training and DGSA certificates.  This was also signed by: 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

  • temporary exemptions from the ADR vehicle certification test.
  • guidance for the packaging and transport requirements for patient specimens.
  • changes to the Petroleum Drivers Passport (PDP) scheme.

For the full transcript and links to the relevant papers, click here.

Labeline has also heard from the CDG Practitioners Forum which represents the UK’s police forces, HSE and others linked to the enforcement of DG regulations.  The Forum has been in regular contact with DfT and DVSA to provide the agencies with enforcement advice. 

The forum’s Chair, Terry Harvey, emphasises that vehicle checks and prosecutions are still being carried out.  

Dangerous goods enforcement is still continuing to ensure correct documents are being carried and vehicles are still ADR/CDG compliant as it’s an area we can’t let lapse.” 

Terry’s deputy, Jason Dearsley added “At this unprecedented time we rely on responsible drivers and operators to play their part in ensuring that no further demand is placed upon our NHS through an avoidable incident. Our great relationship with the Dangerous Goods community, is now more important than ever.  If you are aware of drivers/ operators behaving in an irresponsible manner, please report this to your local police, or through crime stoppers.

Air updates for Covid-19

In line with many other countries around the world, the UK’s CAA has granted extensions to the validity period for recurrent Dangerous Goods Training.  However, there are requirements in the exemption for “alternative training” to be provided.  The full details are available here.

IATA has issued guidelines to assist with the transport of specimens and hand sanitisers. Click here

Click here for information about Labeline’s CAA accredited online courses.

Sea updates for Covid-19

As far as we are aware there has been nothing specific issued in relating to the transport of dangerous goods by sea.  However, IMO has issued circulars to member states, seafarers and shipping lines.  These can be found here.

Click here for information about Labeline’s IMDG Code online courses.