About Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Substances
In August 2001 the National Road Traffic Act included the regulation of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and this Act now replace the Hazardous Substances Act (Hazchem)
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods includes more than 3500 substances that range from flammable liquids to electric wheelchairs. Chapter VIII of the National Road act 93 of 1996 incorporates various SANS codes, with new requirements that will be discussed in the course. As from 1 January 2008 all drivers that apply for PrDP 'D' has to hold a valid Dangerous Goods certificate issued by a DOT (Department of Transport) approved training provider. This means that according to the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 a driver must be retained every 2 years. According to SANS 10231, the driver shall receive training every (1) year. Please note that the SANS are incorporated in the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 and are therefore law.
The purpose of learning is to ensure safe loading, conveying and off-loading of Dangerous Goods according to legal and organizational requirements. Credited learners can convey Dangerous Goods in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and handle incidents safely when they occur. When a driver leaves our course, he must understand that although he has gained the basic knowledge in Transporting Dangerous Goods, it is important to practice what he has learned in the course at the workplace and with practice, he will become proficient. Never become careless. Never think that you know it all. Treat Dangerous Goods with the respect it deserves.
How long is my Dangerous Goods PRDP 'D' Valid?The Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Substances certificate is valid for 1 year only. Delegates are required to renew their certificate within 1 month of expiry or they will be required to complete the full course again.Re-certification takes 1 day and is normally done every Friday at the He and She Premises. Special bookings are made to accommodate our clients.
Careful timing with regards to renewing your PrDP and Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Substances certificate at the same time can lead to minimize expenses on the issuing of a new drivers licence every time.