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12/7/2016
The perfectionists

Another day is over, and nothing has happened. Sounds like a boring job. But for this group of men and women, there could be no better result for a job that is both interconnected and full of responsibility. They are the dangerous goods safety advisors of DACHSER.
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Dangerous goods safety advisors at DACHSER

They are just as familiar with dangerous materials and items as they are with the latest regulations and laws on how to transport them. Deciding to “let it slide,” “turn a blind eye,” or “figure out how to get it done somehow,” is simply not an option for them. Never ever, not even once. Dangerous goods safety advisors are extremely meticulous. 100%. That’s their job, because dangerous goods—even in small quantities—command respect: dyes, paints, pesticides, acids, or batteries do not pose a problem when handled properly. But if they are handled improperly, the life and health of both people and the environment are at stake.

This is why lawmakers have placed strict requirements on the handling of dangerous goods. Companies that transport dangerous goods have to train and appoint employees who will monitor compliance with the applicable national and international regulations. This involves more work and added costs. The regulations are constantly being modified and differ from country to country, for instance rules for bad weather driving in Germany or the 80 km/h speed limit for transporting dangerous goods in France. On top of that is the increasing cost of training, technical equipment for trucks and terminals, or IT modifications.

But the investments in safety pay off. That’s the basic idea behind DACHSER’s dangerous goods organization. In our interactive graphic, we showcase 16 of our 262 dangerous goods safety advisors from around the world and ask them about the challenges they face each day. Simply click on our map of the world and get to know the “women and men of the law” in the DACHSER network.

Click here and open the interactive world map.
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Facts and figures

Regional dangerous goods safety advisors: 262
Training sessions per year: 1,350
Employees trained per year: 14,400
Locations with SQAS assessment: 22
Dangerous goods shipments/year: 6.6 million
Shipments chemical industry: 2.7 million