IN-HOUSE ADR TRAINING AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE
We offer in-house ADR training anywhere in the U.K., at your premises or nearby, weekdays or weekends. We are able to tailor a bespoke course, or a series of different courses, specifically tailored to cover those classes of dangerous goods applicable to your business needs. This option is extremely popular as, unlike the usual full ADR courses, it does not keep staff away from their work for any additional unnecessary time , learning about aspects of dangerous goods not applicable to your industry. Not only is this cost effective and minimises operational impact, it does not contribute to staff turnover. Please contact us to discuss what is the best solution for your company.
6 May 2011
Dangerous Goods Awareness training for asbestos and demolition industries
Health and Safety law says that anybody involved in moving bagged asbestos waste in any quantity must be trained in dangerous goods transport awareness, which must be relevant to their job.
This includes your:
Drivers moving exempt loads (All other drivers must hold an ADR licence)
To enable you to be compliant, we are holding a one day course which will be held on 20th June at the ARCA Training Centre in Rayleigh, Essex. Costs are £145 + VAT per delegate, which includes lunch. Certificates will be issued to all delegates.
Please note that this is the same course that we normally run in-house but may be more suitable for those with just a few staff to be trained. We believe that this is the only course available which complies with the H&S legislation (referred to as ADR 1.3) which is tailored for the asbestos and demolition industries.
Please contact us for a booking form. We anticipate a high demand for this course, so recommend you address this promptly.
6 May 2011
Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations
The Hazardous Waste Regulations have been amended with effect from 29th March, as a result of the introduction of The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.
One of the changes is to the template for hazardous waste consignment notes. The new template does not become mandatory until 29th September, but can be used before that date if you prefer. The new form will be used for both single movements AND multiple collections.
Blank forms are available on the EA website: http://environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/129102.aspx
Please contact us via 'Ask Bob' if you require guidance on how these changes affect you.
4 Apr 2011
Public consultation on amendments to Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union made Directive 2010/35/EU on transportable pressure equipment last year which Member States are required to implement by end June.
The Department for Transport's Dangerous Goods Division has been working for sometime to enable this Directive's requirements to be implemented here in the UK.
The necessary public consultation on proposals to amend 'The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009' has now commenced. The relevant documents are published on the DfT website at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/2011-07/.
Please submit any responses by email to:
CDG2011AMDemail@example.com by 17 May 2011.
24 Mar 2011
Next ADR driver training courses
Do any of your drivers moving waste asbestos need to become ADR qualified?
Our next ADR driver training courses, specifically tailored for those moving in-scope UN Class 9 Asbestos, will be held on 13th and 14th June in Huddersfield, and on 16th and 17th June at the ARCA Training Centre in Rayleigh, Essex.
Please contact us for a booking form or for any further information.
5 May 2011
REMINDER:DANGEROUS GOODS BY SEA - MANDATORY TRAINING
From 1st January 2010, the training requirements stated in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations (I.M.D.G.) have been mandatory. It is a legal requirement that all staff involved in the transport of dangerous goods must have appropriate safety awareness and job-specific training to comply with IMDG Chapter 1.3. This includes shore-based staff, for example, your office staff, loaders, warehousemen and managers.
Ludgate Consultancy and Training specialise in providing this training on your premises, tailored to suit your type of business and also the specific staff responsibilities. If you are also involved in road movements, we can deliver multi-modal training to incorporate compliance with ADR Chapter 1.3 and CDG regulations.
We suggest that you contact us to discuss your individual training and compliance needs so that we can provide a personalised quotation.
4 May 2011
ADR 2011 TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED VIA UK DOMESTIC REGULATIONS
Just a quick reminder that from Friday1st July, you must comply fully with the 2011 amendments to the 2009 Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations, which implement ADR 2011 into UK law.
For your reference, ADR 2011 can be found at
4 May 2011
--- All Demolition and Asbestos Contractors ---
Having to comply with too much legislation?
Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Waste, Transport Regulations.....
You will be aware that the burden of legislation on you gets heavier every year. In addition to HSE laws governing your core activities of asbestos removal, you must comply with various transport laws and also specialist regulations regarding hazardous waste, dangerous goods transport and registration of waste carriers, to name but a few.
These laws cannot be ignored because some elements do apply to you. There are many implications of an offence, including H.S.E., Police, V.O.S.A. and E.A. prohibitions, fines, loss of reputation or even imprisonment. Imagine how this would affect you.
You do not have to be a specialist in this multitude of rules and regulations because, as the leading consultancy in the field of asbestos transport, Ludgate offer you the benefit of a one-stop audit for your business, covering compliance with transport and environmental law. We will visit you to ascertain your level of compliance and provide a written report with our recommendations to address any issues.
This essential service is currently available at the special price of £715 + VAT for bookings made before 1st June 2011. Please contact us soon to arrange a date for your audit.
7 Apr 2011
DRIVER LICENCE CHECKS MADE EASY!
It is an offence for a person to drive a vehicle on a public road without an appropriate licence for that vehicle. You or your company may also be prosecuted if you cause or permit the offence and most insurance policies will be invalidated if the driver is not properly licenced to drive. Therefore, to avoid hefty costs incurred through not being insured, as well as fines and loss of reputation, we strongly recommend that you establish a routine driving licence checking system. This should cover all your employees and anyone else who may drive your vehicles, such as agency staff. You should keep a photocopy of both sides of licences and counterparts.
1. personal details are correct - name, date of birth and address
2. issue number and issue date different to last check - so what else has changed?
3. whether any medicals/renewals are due in the near future - if so, advise driver
4. age restrictions
5. driver holds required entitlements
6. any conditions are complied with, e.g. wearing glasses, using 'L' plates
7. photocard expiry date
8. any new endorsements/disqualifications
These checks should be done regularly, not just at the start of employment, to ensure the required licence is still valid. However, as we all know, asking your drivers to produce their licences for checking every six months or so can be a logistical nightmare.
The solution is to use the information from driving licence records held by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency. This is normally only given to the record holder but employers may apply for these record details provided that the licence holder has given permission and that the required payment has been received by the Agency.
These are the options available to you:-
1. If you do not require anything in writing and will accept verbal confirmation of the licence details, you can telephone the Data Subject Enquiries section of the D.V.L.A. on 08702 400009, with the driver present. The driver will have to give his permission for his details to be released.
2. Alternatively, again for verbal confirmation of the licence details, the driver can telephone the Data Subject Enquiries section of the D.V.L.A. on 08702 400009 and leave his permission for his details to be released. You can then telephone their premium rate line (49p a minute) which is 09061 393837 to obtain the information. This section is open from 08.00 am - 8.30 pm Monday-Friday and 08.00 am - 5.30 pm Saturday.
3. You can open a pre-funded account with this section and register as a user by writing to Data Subject Enquiries, D12, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea SA6 7JL, enclosing a cheque for a minimum of £50. This amount will be deposited into your account and will cover your first ten enquiries. Once your account has been opened, the D.V.L.A. will contact you to confirm your account number, which must be quoted on all correspondence you send to the centre. This account must stay in credit and if the account does not have sufficient funds then they will do no further checks until the account has been replenished.
When applying to open an account, you should state whether you would like your customer statement sent every fortnight or month and what you would like your minimum balance to be, before a reminder letter is sent to you.
Then, for each enquiry, you would need to fax or post a signed mandate from the driver before they could release the details. A template for this mandate can be obtained from us, or from the D.V.L.A. on 01792 310075 or by emailing Drivers_FPE@dvla.gsi.gov.uk. Provided the details on the mandate match the information on their records, the D.V.L.A. will deduct the fee of £5 from your account for each individual enquiry processed.
4. Alternatively, if you have very large numbers of drivers and you intend checking 200 licences a month, you can send the driver numbers to be checked on a CD-ROM, and have the information returned by CD. To enquire more about this particular system you can contact Jackie Quinn, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will advise you further.
As usual, please contact us with any questions.
29 Jul 2009
Digital tachograph adaptors for light vehicles
A word of warning, some dealers are still unaware of the legal position concerning digital tachographs.
If you operate a goods vehicle:-
- first registered after 30th April 2006
- and the driver is subject to the Drivers' Hours legislation.
then a digital tachograph must be fitted and operated.
Retro-fitting these to vehicles has been simplified by the European Commission who have published a regulation to allow the use of adaptors in passenger and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, when their use with a trailer takes the combination into scope of the EU rules.
Installation plaques must contain details of the adaptor and these new-style plaques must be fitted at the time of installation.
23 Jul 2009