Employing a dangerous goods safety adviser

How to decide if you need a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA) and what their role is.



This guidance note applies to businesses that transport dangerous goods by road, rail or inland waterways.

It helps you to understand:

  • if you need to appoint a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA)
  • the responsibilities of the DGSA
  • how to train the DGSA

This guidance was published in May 2016 and revised in June 2022. It is due for revision in June 2025.


See further guidance notes regarding the transportation of dangerous goods.

Published 20 May 2016
Last updated 20 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated per regular guidance review.

  2. First published.