British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals

European Association of dangerous goods Safety Advisers - EASA

Just as BADGP represents individuals in Great Britain who work with Dangerous Goods (DG), so EASA represents these associations in and around Europe.  EASA is the DG association whose members are national associations.

EASA was in embryo in 2010 as a result of communication between the dangerous goods associations of Belgium, Hungary, Spain and Poland.  However, it was only when the German association hosted the first European meeting in 2014 that enough critical mass was evident to ensure that EASA would work.  BADGP was represented then, and has been ever since.  

At the last meeting online in September EASA boasted 27 representatives from 18 associations.  While all members to date are European, there has been interest shown recently from countries in Asia and Africa.

The remit of EASA is to represent not individuals but DG organisations and, in speaking for them, offers leverage to the opinions of over 3000 DG professionals (not just DGSAs) at the grass-roots level.  In this respect, EASA includes all modes of transport so, while the UK pays much attention to the shipping of DGs, the Czech Republic depends heavily on rail transport and the Netherlands on inland waterways.

The benefits of EASA membership to BADGP are several:

  • EASA’s successful reassessment of their Consultative Status at the Joint Meetings in Geneva and Berne this year means it is now able to comment on all aspects of RID/ADR/ADN.

  • EASA desires a level playing field and has already expressed views on modal codes, e.g. the imperfect way in which the system of DGSA exams is administered across Europe.

  • BADGP is a serious player in EASA, often the source of documents written for EASA, e.g. Annual Report and documents for Joint Meetings.  EASA is a lively – and growing – channel for the posing of questions on DGs at the international level.

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