DGSA audit

How to Conduct a DGSA Audit


Conducting an audit for the transport of dangerous goods is essential to ensure compliance with safety regulations and maintain operational efficiency. This guide outlines the key steps and considerations for carrying out a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) audit.

How to Conduct a DGSA Audit

1. Summarise the Company's Dangerous Goods Transport Activities

- Provide an overview of the types of dangerous goods handled, including transportation methods and volumes.

2. Document Specific Details

- List dangerous goods by name and UN number that are stored, consigned, or transported.

- Detail the company's vehicle fleet.

- Outline driver training programs and policies for other personnel.

- Record subcontractors used for transport activities.

- Log and investigate any prohibition or improvement notices received.

- Document any dangerous goods accidents or incidents in the last 12 months.

- Review previous accidents or incidents to prevent recurrence.

- Report relevant accidents or incidents to the competent authority.

3. Inspect and Review the Company's Compliance Systems and Procedures

- Assess systems related to personnel, products, vehicles, accidents and emergencies, security provisions, and subcontractors.

4. Inspect and Report on Specific Areas

- Training, vehicle, and tank records.

- Classification, product containment, marking, and labelling.

- Storage conditions.

- Preparation and receipt of consignments.

- Loading and unloading processes.

- Availability and condition of PPE and intervention equipment.

- Transport documentation.

- Condition and compliance of vehicles, trailers, and tanks.

- Management of subcontractors.

- Prohibition and improvement notices.

- Accidents and incidents.

5. Document Recommendations and Compliance Actions

- Provide clear recommendations for improvements and outline necessary actions for achieving compliance.


A thorough DGSA audit ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and enhances the safety and efficiency of dangerous goods transport operations. By meticulously documenting activities, inspecting procedures, and reviewing incidents, companies can identify areas for improvement and take proactive steps to mitigate risks. This structured approach ultimately contributes to safer and more reliable transportation of dangerous goods.

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