Hazards and risks when transporting dangerous goods
Before you transport any goods by , you'll need to identify if your goods are dangerous. Many goods are not dangerous themselves, but contain substances which could present a hazard to people, the environment or both. Dangerous goods may include substances that are explosive, toxic, radioactive, corrosive or flammable.
In the event of a road or rail accident, spillage of these substances could cause hazards such as fire, damage to the environment and chemical burns.
If you want to transport these types of material, you must identify the hazards involved. This process is known as . Read about the classification of goods on the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website - Opens in a new window.
If the goods you're transporting are dangerous, it's likely you'll have to comply with a range of important legal requirements. For information on your obligations, see the page in this guide on your duties when transporting dangerous goods by road or rail.
Transporting goods by sea
If you transport dangerous goods by sea, you must comply with the International Maritime Organisation's Dangerous Goods Code. Read about transporting dangerous goods by sea on the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) website - Opens in a new window.
Transporting goods by air
If you transport dangerous goods by air, you must comply with regulations set out in the International Air Transport Association's Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual. Read about transporting dangerous goods by air on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website - Opens in a new window.
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