ADR is the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. The training is intended to give candidates a thorough understanding of hazardous materials, as well as the skills necessary to contain and transport them whilst keeping you and other road users safe.
When is it required?
The ADR qualification is a legal requirement for anyone driving over a certain volume/weight of hazardous goods on a public road.
Hazardous goods are broken down into three ‘packing groups’ (PGs). They are:
PGI: Highest danger
PGII: Mid-level danger
PGIII: Lowest danger
The weight limits break down as follows:
PGI: 20 litres/KG (e.g. propelyne oxide)
PGII: 333 litres/KG (e.g. butane)
PGIII: 1000 litres/KG (e.g. diesel)
If you’re carrying a hazardous substance in excess of its stipulated volume/weight limit, you will need the relevant ADR qualification.
Classes of Hazardous Materials
Explosive substances and articles
Flammable gas (e.g. butane)
Non-flammable and non-toxic gases which could cause asphyxiation (e.g. nitrogen, helium, carbon dioxide)
Toxic gases (e.g. chlorine, phosgene)
Flammable liquids (e.g. lighter fluid, petrol)
Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitised explosives
Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles
2.1 Flammable gases
2.2 Non-toxic and non-flammable gases
2.3 Poison gases
3 Flammable liquids
4.1 Flammable solids
4.2 Spontaneously combustibles
4.3 Dangerous when wet
5.2 Organic peroxides
6.2 Infectious substances
9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances
9A Lithium Ion Batteries
So, do you need ADR?
Different providers may deliver different classes via different methods of teaching, so it’s important to find the one that’s right for you. Have a look at what Chartwise UK provide: