A workshop dedicated to the regulations concerning international carriage of dangerous goods and cargo fastening was held on 20.08.2013 in Sofia. Eng. Sybille Gunzenheimer, Safety Consultant on the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), gave a presentation in front of 30 participants about the current international regulations about dangerous goods.
The latest amendments in the regulations require from all parties involved in the process to have excellent knowledge of the matter for correct application of the relevant transitional rules. Still, the main responsibility is of the consignor and the forwarder. Drivers should not be left to deal on their own with the multiple specific requirements. The best way to prevent accidents is the cooperation between all parties involved. The reliable fastening of goods is not a matter of money, but a matter of competence of all responsible parties taking part in the process. ARD 2013 determines for the first time a common European standard – EN 12195.
The presentation was supported by films showing examples of road inspections and practical solutions, which awoke the great interest of forwarders, government departments and shippers.