Dangerous Goods are those substances and articles which are subject to the provisions in ADR. They have the potential to harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment.
Whilst transporting dangerous goods, certain precautions must be taken. There is the risk of road traffic collisions and spillages, etc. which could lead to fire, explosion, chemical burn or environmental consequences.
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods & Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations, implement the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations, commonly referred to as ADR.
The purpose of the regulations is to protect everyone either directly involved (such as consignors or carriers), or those who might become involved in an emergency. Dangerous goods are assigned to various classifications depending on their fundamental hazard.
Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.