ADR Training Explained

ADR training explained

Who needs ADR training?

First and foremost, ADR training is a legal requirement for those impacted by its coverage.

Although it is believed that only those who transport goods by road need to complete ADR training, this is not true.

Anyone who’s involved in the process will need to complete some form of ADR training, which can include those who package hazardous substances and the forklift drivers who transport the goods from the warehouse to the truck, to name a few.

What is ADR training?

ADR training was introduced in 1968 and covers training on the transportation of dangerous and potentially hazardous goods by road. The specification is regularly reviewed, every 2 years to remain current, relevant and remains up to date with new technological advances.

ADR is strictly regulated, with most European countries being signed up and having their own safety measures through national legislation. You must follow the ADR rules for the country that you are transporting hazardous goods by road through.

What are the different ADR classes?

Here at 2 Start, we provide ADR courses for the following classes:

  • Class 1: Explosives
  • Class 2: Gases
  • Class 3: Flammable liquids
  • Class 4: Flammable solids
  • Class 5: Oxidising agents
  • Class 6: Toxics
  • Class 7: Radioactive
  • Class 8: Corrosive Substances
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous substances and articles

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UN ClassGoodsDivision(s)Classification
1Explosives1.1 - 1.6Explosive
2Gases2.1Flammable gas
2.2Non-flammable, non-toxic gas
2.3Toxic gas
3Flammable liquidsFlammable liquid
4Flammable solids4.1Flammable solid
4.2Spontaneously combustible substance
4.3Substance which in contact with water emits flammable gas
5Oxidising substances5.1Oxidising substance
5.2Organic peroxide
6Toxic substances6.1Toxic substance
6.2Infectious substance
7Radioactive materialRadioactive material
8Corrosive substancesCorrosive substance
9Miscellaneous dangerous goodsMiscellaneous dangerous goods

What is the difference between packages and tanks?

Packages ADR Training:
Candidates who opt to complete ADR training in packages will only be able to transport hazardous goods within packages, such as carrying a load containing boxes of batteries.

Tanks ADR Training:
Candidates who complete ADR training in tanks will only be able to transport hazardous goods in tanks such as diesel tankers transporting fuel to petrol stations.

You will need to complete both packages and tanks training to be able to transport both.

Are there ADR Exemptions?

Transportation of hazardous goods that fall under the ADR classification does have certain exemptions which will be covered in your ADR training with 2 Start.

ADR exemptions include and take into consideration:

  • Excepted Quantities
  • Load Thresholds
  • Limited Quantities

This is not exhaustive and is covered in-depth as part of the full training with 2 Start.

HSE provide a good overview on their website of the ADR Exemptions, which provides more detail regards the exemptions you will need to learn and understand as part of any ADR training.

How often does ADR training need to be completed?

Once you have successfully obtained your ADR licence, it will be valid for up to 5-years, at which point you will be required to complete the ADR training course every 5 years to remain compliant.

Carrying a valid ADR card is a legal requirement.

2 Start would recommend you undertake your retraining to remain compliant with the ADR regulations at least 2 months (6-8 weeks) before your expiration date to allow for your new card to arrive in time. However, you can begin to refresh your ADR training within the last 12 months before your ADR cards expiration date.

It is important for you to remain compliant so that you can keep up to date with new technology and legislative changes that could have occurred since you gained your licence. Furthermore, it will help increase the safety of you and those around you when transporting hazardous goods by road.

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