ECR workshop ADR 23 – 24 September 2015

It was the third time that the BAG hosted this ECR workshop ADR in Cologne. In 2013 a lot of topics were still discussed, like:

- What should be inspected during a basic ADR road side check?
- What should be the competence of the enforcement staff ?
- What should be the knowledge of the enforcement staff involved?
- What should be the equipment when carrying the inspections on the transport of dangerous goods?

In 2014 the ECR workshop was focused on the development of an action plan for an international coordinated inspection. These inspections were held during one whole week in September 2014 and the theme of this action was “packages of dangerous goods”. The results of these inspections was presented in the Working Group of checks of Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road last year in Budapest.

This current workshop was held on 23 and 24 September 2015. The following countries participated in this workshop: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Switzerland (see enclosed participant list).

The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Robert Maiworm (vice president of the BAG). He welcomed all participants of this workshop and underlined the necessity of organizing such workshops for international control staff, in this case for controlling the transport of dangerous goods. Mr. Gerard Schipper (general delegate of ECR and moderator of this workshop) thanked the BAG for organizing this workshop for the third time again at the BAG headquarter and also underlined that these workshops deliver a good contribution to the harmonization of enforcement on dangerous goods and also for reaching an equal completion in whole Europe.

The following presentations were held on the first day of this workshop;

- Presentation from Mr. Maxence Wittebolle of the Belgium Packing Institute – Testing & Consultancy;
- Presentations from mr. Imre Rada (Hungary), Mr. Jean Michel Piqueon (France) and Mr. Hennie van der Stokker 

On the second day Mr. Thomas Fischer (BAG) introduced a kind of methodology of ADR roadside checks by a Standarised Operation Process (SOP). He showed a few standard checklists (see enclosed examples of it) for inspectors which are dealing with the enforcement of dangerous goods, as well as for packages as for tanks. Three subgroups were then divided among the participants of this workshop with the mission to answer two questions. The outcome of answering these questions by the subgroups were as follows (summarized):

1. What are the benefits of standard operation processes (SOP) that include aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH) from your point of view?

- With such a checklist (new) inspectors can check step by step (they do not miss items, avoid stress, know exactly what should checked).
- Such a standard list is focused on issues on the topics of checks (not every inspector is a specialist).
- It makes you aware of all safety and health aspects when carrying out inspections on dangerous goods.
- There is a need of European trainings for trainers and also a good step for developing standarised and international harmonized education material.
- There is a need of a common data base for a reporting system.
2. At which text passages of the presented SOP’s aspects of OSH could have importance?
- Prescribe a procedure for entering the cargo space.
- For the inspection of the cargo space it is important to verify the markings (e.g. fumigation)
- Taken account that you have to check several types of vehicles: for a curtain side trailer, closed vehicle, container another kind of inspection or other acts are needed.
- Always check the transport documents to verify all information of the cargo.
- Always wear safety equipment during road side checks (chemical resistant gloves, safety shoes, flame retarding clothing, safety glasses, respirators with right filter, litmus, waterfinder, measuring equipment, mobile phone etc.).
- All results shall be registered, also when a check is OK!

Final conclusion: the outcome of this workshop was positive and successful, partly by enthusiastic contribution of all participants, and there will certainly there a follow up of this workshop next year.

The experiences over the years made clear that there is a need for an ADR training. The idea was born to organize a training while using the same formula like the tachograph master classes in Osnabrück Germany. This formula could perfectly be used for a training around the topic of ADR packaging, UN marking and packaging specifications, counterfeited marking / packaging and exempted and limited quantities . A complex matter that requires special attention, knowledge and skills of the involved enforcement staff.

This idea will be brought to the ECR Steering Committee for their consent.




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