Most of us who are involved in the transport (or transportation) of dangerous goods (DG) are well aware that the regulations are updated every two years.  Every second Autumn, DG professionals eagerly await the arrival of their new “regs”.  

But why every two years? 

The changes that stem from the Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods are issued by the UN every other year.  First published in 1956, the “Model Regulations”, also known as “The Orange Book”, set out recommendations that the regulators for each transport mode are expected to adopt in the next round of amendments.  These will, in turn, form the basis for national and international regulations.  

Each mode of transport has its own regulatory agencies that include dangerous goods as part of their remit.  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) are both specialised agencies of the UN and take on a global role.  

Every two years ICAO produces the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and IMO publishes an amendment to International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Sea.

For road, all EU member states, and some other countries around the world, are signatories to European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).  Each country adopts the Agreement into its own legislation – sometimes with country-specific variations.  The same applies to the regulations concerning the International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) and the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Navigation (ADN).  

The regulations are published in advance of each odd number year, which is commonly referred to in the dangerous goods industry as a biennial year.  Across the modes there are different timelines during a biennial year when the legislation becomes obligatory; these are:

  • Air: Immediately (January 1st)
  • Road: 6 months (July 1st)
  • Sea: 1 year

The USA (in the form of 49CFR), Canada (TDG Regulations) and Australia (The Australian Dangerous Goods Code) have their own in-country multi-modal variations based on the Orange Book.

Each year, the International Air Transport Association produces the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, which incorporates the ICAO Technical Instructions as well as a raft of State and Operator variations.  The first Edition of the “IATA DGR” was released in 1953 and it is recognised by airlines and industry worldwide as the primary user-friendly reference for shipping dangerous goods by air. 

An ideal way to get an insight on how the changes will affect your business, before they come into effect, is to attend a regulatory update seminar such as the Biennial Dangerous Goods Roadshow.

The Biennial Dangerous Goods Roadshow

Timed to coincide with the publication of the new regulations, this important international event offers an excellent training and networking opportunity for all those involved in the movement of dangerous goods:  DGSA’s, training providers, shippers, warehousing and distribution operatives, freight forwarders, administrators, procurement teams, manufacturers, fleet operators, airline service personnel, shipping lines etc.

For 2018, the regulatory update section of the “Biennial” will have a more interactive format as, instead of individual presentations, there will be a panel of experts representing each mode of transport who will discuss how each of the changes has been integrated into their respective regulations.

Hosted and organised by Labeline International, the world’s leading supplier of Dangerous Goods Regulations, there will be two seminars, each with the same content:

  • November 13th Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow 
  • November 15th at Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

The venues are both of a high standard and have been chosen for their location, accessibility, excellent facilities and the quality of the catering.  On the evening preceding each of the events, there will be a free ice-breaker drinks reception from 7pm.

The Master of Ceremonies will be HCB’s very own Peter Mackay and he will also chair the Multimodal Regulatory Update Panel discussions.  Sitting on the panel will be:

Jeff Hart OBE – Sea 

Jeff is a former Chairman of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods.  He currently provides advice to the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council on issues relating to the IMDG Code.  Jeff was appointed an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2016 New Years’ Honours List for services to transport.

Geoff Leach – Air and Lithium Batteries (Manchester event)

Geoff is the former Head of the CAA’s Dangerous Goods Office and a past Chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel, on which he still sits.  He also chairs the IATA Lithium Battery Workshops.  In 2016 Geoff received the George L. Wilson Award, considered the highest form of recognition for an individual based on a lifetime of achievement, in advancing the cause of safety in the transport of dangerous goods. 

Ross McLachlan – Air and Lithium Batteries (Heathrow event)

Having joined CAA in 1993, Ross succeeded Geoff as the ICAO DGP member nominated by the UK.  He was responsible, amongst many other things, for overseeing the CAA Approved Dangerous Goods Training Scheme. 

Richard Masters – Road

Richard was the on the team at Felixstowe that created the port’s dangerous goods control system.  Subsequently, he worked with the UK P&I Club, for whom he did Dangerous Goods training and wrote the IMDG Code guidance books “Book it Right and Pack it Tight,” which has recently been updated and reissued. He was then the Health & Safety manager and DGSA for Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) Ltd. before setting up his own training and consultancy business.

Gene Sanders – USA and GHS

Gene has been consulting and training in the field of Dangerous Goods for most of the 20 years that he has worked in the industry.  With degrees in Biochemistry, Chemistry and a “minor” in Microbiology, he has a good understanding of the chemistry behind the regulations for both supply and transport.

He is a Director on the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council and holds the following qualifications:

• CDGP – Certified Dangerous Goods Professional 

• CET – Certified Environmental Trainer 

• CDGT – Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer 

• DGSA – Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor

• CDL – Commercial driver’s license with Hazmat endorsement

Gene is also the regular “From the Porch Swing” columnist in HCB.

Other Speakers include:

PC Stuart Appleton – Enforcement

Stuart is DGSA for three Police Forces and is Chair of the UK’s CDG Police Practitioners Forum.  He has responsibility for all UK enforcement operations, UK Dangerous Goods Intelligence and has an advisory role to Industry and representing UK Police in European Meetings. Stuart is also a trainer in enforcement and prohibition and a member of the Training Advisory Panel, DFT Compliance Committee and UK LNG Steering group. 

Ali Karim BSc FRSC CChem CSci FIE FCILT – Managing a Serious Toxic Chemical Release / Incident

Ali is the Managing Director of the Hazchem Network in Rugby – the hub & spoke pallet network specifically for dangerous goods.  He has over 30 years’ experience of dealing with chemicals and gas in a production as well as sea and road transport environment at a senior management level in the UK and overseas with Interoute Transport Services, Gas and Equipment Ltd, Linde Gas UK Ltd, United Transport, Inspectorate International (Saudi Arabia) and Transport Development Group (TDG).  

Herman Teering – Digitalisation and software in the transport of Dangerous Goods

As a logistics professional in the Dutch army, Herman worked as a coordinator for Explosives and Fuel distribution and then as an expert in the international movement of equipment, ordnance and personnel.

Herman first joined the DGM organisation as a member of the Special Project team and, in 2003 he became Managing Director of DGOffice, the specialist software solution for all modes of transport, production, storage, handling and waste of Dangerous Goods.

Morgan Hyson – CDGP Qualification

Morgan is the Business Development Manager at the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).  With a background in litigation, Morgan joined the IHMM in 2014 as Certification Maintenance Manager.  He is now IHMM’s International Business Development Manager.  Morgan will explain the benefits of attaining, and the acceptance criteria for, the vocational CDGP qualification.

Michael Bowen

Michael President of Bureau of Dangerous Goods Ltd, a leading producer of training, technology and consulting for the dangerous goods industry.  As a DGSA and IATA Dangerous Goods Instructor, he regularly teaches and/or speaks at various industry trade associations such as COSTHA, DGAC and IATA and was the leading content developer for Hazmat University. 

During the intervals there will be the opportunity to meet with leading suppliers to the DG Industry, including Labeline, HCB, DGOffice, Exis Technologies, Air-Sea Containers, Braemar Howells, Unisto, IATA, NCEC and UL Safeware.  There will also be the chance to interact with the speakers and network with delegates from around the world and across all sectors of the DG industry.

The event will be chaired by Peter Mackay, the Editor-in-Chief of the event’s media partner, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, and a veteran MC of conferences across the world.

About the Organisers

Labeline International is the world’s leading supplier of the Dangerous Goods Regulations for all modes of transport (IATA DGR, ICAO TI, IMDG Code, ADR, RID etc.).  

Back in early 2016, Keith Kingham (Labeline MD) and Richard Shreeve (Key Accounts Manager) agreed that the industry needed a regulatory update seminar that appealed to all those involved in Dangerous Goods.  Therefore, it had to be priced at a level that would make the event accessible, however Labeline wanted to involve leading exponents in the industry and ensure that the quality of the venues were of a very high standard.  From the outset, it was agreed that profit would not be the driver for the event and that these seminars would be geared towards enabling companies to send more than one person to attend.  

This not-for-profit event is priced at just £135 per person.

To book your place at this important event please contact Labeline on 0870 850 5051 / +44 (0)1271 817677 or