In the noughties it was noted by the British Department for Transport (DfT) as well as by the chemicals, fuels and transport industries, and by technical advisers and consultants, that there was an absence of proper support for those working in the transport of dangerous goods. In 2009 at a DfT meeting, it was noted that this deficiency applied to all modes of transport and suggested various actions. One recommendation was the setting up of a professional support system, as at that time dangerous goods professionals had no channel through which to approach the authorities, no means of support through an association, nor any obvious means by which to improve their professional skills.
BADGP came into existence in 2010 following a meeting convened by Desmond Waight in June 2010, to discuss the formation of a such professional association to rectify these gaps, and as a result of the consequent efforts of a group of individuals to formally set up and run such an association.
The British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals - BADGP - aims to support professionals who work in the business of transporting dangerous goods; in whatever mode of transport: road, rail, air and sea.
We are a growing, non-profit, Great Britain based membership association but are also very pleased to welcome members from overseas. As of the beginning of 2016, as well as those throughout Great Britain, we have members based in Cyprus, Ireland, Israel and Portugal.
Our members work in an extremely diverse array of companies in many different sectors of industry, but all with a professional interest in the transport of dangerous goods and a keen desire to keep up to date with legislation and best practice and be part of the professional community that BADGP exists to provide. Our members work, for example, for shippers, road hauliers, freight forwarders, chemical manufacturers, logistic companies, ferry operators, shippers / shipping lines, trade associations, providers of printed and digital legislation and International Agreements, label and documentation suppliers, software systems and individual consultants.
We support our dangerous good professionals in many different ways including:
You can request to Join BADGP by simply completing our online application form.
BADGP is run by a volunteer member committee assisted by a part time administrator.
However, there is always room for new faces with new ideas, and new achievements.
Growing an organisation like BADGP is challenging and exciting, and you might find that being a BADGP committee member to be a rewarding extension to your dangerous goods work. Committee meetings are held at the work-places of committee members, about four times per year.
If you might be interested in becoming a Committee member please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
The BADGP Constitution is agreed by the members attending the Annual General Meetings. The current version was agreed at the 2020 AGM held on 12 March 2020.
Download a copy of the BADGP Constitution.