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Transport of Dangerous Goods (Safety Advisers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Vocational training certificates

7.—(1) An employer shall not appoint or continue the appointment of an individual to be a safety adviser unless that individual holds a valid certificate (in these Regulations referred to as a “vocational training certificate”) issued by the Secretary of State or by a person designated by the Secretary of State for the purpose of issuing vocational training certificates.

(2) An individual may only be issued with a vocational training certificate in accordance with paragraph (1) where he has—

(a)completed training; and

(b)passed an examination which has been approved in writing by the Secretary of State.

(3) Each vocational training certificate issued in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be in the form set out in Schedule 3.

(4) Each vocational training certificate issued in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue.

(5) Where, within the period of 12 months which precede the expiry of the certificate referred to in paragraph (4) or of any extension of it granted in accordance with this paragraph, the holder can show to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State that he has passed an examination which has been approved in writing by the Secretary of State, the validity of that certificate shall be extended by the Secretary of State for a period of 5 years.

(6) The training referred to in paragraph (2)(a) shall include the risks inherent in the transport of dangerous goods, the requirements of the relevant statutory provisions insofar as they relate to the transport of dangerous goods, the duties of a safety adviser pursuant to regulation 5(2) and (3) and the functions of a safety adviser as set out in Schedule 2.

(7) The examinations referred to in paragraphs (2)(b) and (5) shall include the subjects specified in Schedule 4.

(8) The training and examination referred to in paragraph (2) and the examination referred to in paragraph (5) shall relate to—

(a)one or more of the following modes of transport—

(i)road,

(ii)railway,

(iii)inland waterway; and

(b)the transport of—

(i)all dangerous goods, or

(ii)one or more of the following groups of dangerous goods, namely—

(aa)gases,

(bb)radioactive material,

(cc)UN 1202 DIESEL FUEL or GAS OIL or HEATING OIL, LIGHT, flash point ≤ 61°C

  • UN 1203 PETROL or MOTOR SPIRIT or GASOLINE

  • UN 1223 KEROSENE including aviation jet A1 fuel.

(dd)all dangerous goods except those goods listed in head (ii)(aa) and (bb).

(9) Where the training and examination are limited to one or more of the modes of transport or groups of dangerous goods referred to in paragraph (8)(a) and (b)(ii) respectively, that limitation shall be clearly indicated on the vocational training certificate issued in accordance with paragraph (1).

(10) Where the vocational training certificate held by a safety adviser in accordance with paragraph (1) indicates that it has been limited, in accordance with paragraph (9), to one or more of the specified modes of transport or to one or more of the specified groups of dangerous goods, the functions and duties of that safety adviser shall be limited to—

(a)the mode of transport indicated on that certificate;

(b)the group of dangerous goods indicated on that certificate; and

(c)goods which appear in or have a classification which is specified in column 1 of Schedule 3 to the CDGCPL Regulations insofar as those goods are—

(i)within the packing group, if any, specified in the corresponding entry in column 2 of that Schedule, and

(ii)contained in individual receptacles containing quantities not exceeding those specified in the corresponding entry in column 3 of that Schedule (or, in the case of a gas, contained in individual receptacles not exceeding the volumes specified in that column),

provided that the total gross mass of any package containing any receptacles such as are referred to shall not exceed 30 kilogrammes, and in this paragraph “classification”, “package”, “packing group” and “receptacle” shall have the meanings assigned to them in regulation 2(1) of the CDGCPL Regulations.

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