Dangerous Goods Operations

Stay in control of logistics and build your reputation with fast, error free, compliant & safe preparation and shipping of dangerous goods.

Transportation of dangerous goods, whether by air, sea, road or rail is not like traditional shipping of general cargo. One cannot just put dangerous goods in a carton, put a label on it and ship it without taking the dangerous goods safety and compliance requirements into account.

Dangerous goods regulations and compliance, the safety of people, aircraft, vessels, cars, trucks, trains, equipment and storage facilities, the cargo and the environment – all must be considered.

The logistics around preparing and shipping dangerous goods for transport requires a full understanding of the relevant regulations and can be a time-consuming exercise. Cargo that is packed and sent with incorrect packaging, packing, documentation, marks and labels will cause rejections, delays and additional costs. To avoid this, you need to have the right team working with you, a team with a full understanding of the maze of complex requirements involved with transporting of dangerous goods.

Your own DG expert on demand

The dangerous goods consultants at ORP DG PRO have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ‘all things’ dangerous goods and freight. Our dangerous goods experts are available to give you a fast response to your enquiries for you to keep your cargo moving. Timely communication and great service are important to us. We aim to make your experience as stress-free and easy as possible.

When you partner with ORP DG PRO we continue to advise and assist you with all your dangerous goods requirements, long after your shipments have safely reached its’ destination. At ORP DG PRO, ongoing compliance and safety go hand-in-hand with fast response time, competitive rates and full access to expert Dangerous Goods knowledge.

No matter the size of your shipment, the mode of transport or the dangerous goods class, we have the knowledge, skills and experience to assist you. ORP DG PRO is not a freight forwarder, leaving you with your preferred option to move the cargo. Where required and requested we will actively participate and communicate with your other providers to ensure a smooth process regarding your dangerous goods shipping.

However, if you require a full service, we can take the process off your hands entirely, keeping you updated throughout the process with open and clear communication. We can pack and document safely worldwide and if required organise transport through our selected network of capable freight forwarders. We aim to give you a fast response, competitive rates and the service you need and deserve while you stay focused on the other things that are important to your business.

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For all Classes of Dangerous Goods

For all classes of dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, explosives, radioactive material and infectious substances, ORP Consultancy provides the following DG services:

  • Inspect, pack and re-pack into UN specification packaging
  • Marking & labelling
  • DG documentation for the concerning mode of transport
  • Inspection of cargo on-site
  • Decanting into sizes accommodating the transport of dangerous goods via airfreight on passenger and/or cargo aircraft
  • Measuring magnetised material compass deflection for airfreight as per IATA DGR packing instruction 953
  • Authorised transport via road of radioactive material (class 7)
  • Authorised transport via road of low risk category explosives (class 1)
  • Assuming all legal responsibilities for the dangerous goods shipments ORP Consultancy handles

Radioactive Materials

The logistics involving radioactive materials is more involved than your ‘standard’ shipment of dangerous goods. 

Import permits, export permits, licenses to transport and to store, disposal of radioactive sources, supply chain & remote areas are just a few of the challenges.

We have been involved with the logistics and disposal of radioactive materials for many years, not only in Australia but also in the Pacific Region in countries like Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

Our owner and principal consultant is a trained and experienced Radiation Safety Officer, provides training for the transport of radioactive materials via road, and is well-versed in the handling of the projects involving radioactive materials. 

Have you got a radioactive material challenge for us?

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Export Crating Dangerous Goods

New in 2020, ORP DG PRO is also offering export crating and packing for dangerous goods.

Our customers can depend on us for dangerous goods packing, marking, labelling and documentation. With the crating service we are providing a one-stop-shop custom solution for your dangerous goods crating needs to ensure that export cargo is properly packed and secured for domestic or international transport. 

This service means ease of mind knowing ORP DG PRO carries the most comprehensive liability insurance policies and that your freight is safe.

Dangerous Goods crating

DGOffice – DG Software 

Do you know that ORP Consultancy is a Gold Status reseller of the specialist dangerous goods software from DGOffice?

DGOffice.net is the online software solution that contains everything to manage all your dangerous goods related activities. I.e. DG documentation for air, sea and road freight, developing Safety Data Sheets, create Notifications to Captain (NOTOC) for airfreight and etcetera

DGOffice in short:

  • Allows you to concentrate on what you need or want to do with your dangerous goods
  • Provides insight in what is allowed and obligatory in trade, transportation, handling, storage and production
  • Fulfils all the required documentation and labelling needs
  • Let’s you stay on top of what is happening
  • Ensures you stay compliant with legislation
  • Keeps the risk at a minimum against affordable costs
  • Is updated constantly to continuously comply with the applicable rules and regulations

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What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous goods are articles or materials capable of posing a significant risk to people, health, property or environment when being transported.

When in doubt whether a shipment is dangerous or not, ask the manufacturer or supplier for a Safety Data Sheet also known as SDS.  When it contains a UN number it is dangerous goods. On that SDS it should also mention the classification of the dangerous goods. This information can usually be found in ‘section 14-Transport Information’ of the SDS.

Examples of Dangerous Goods

The list of substances and articles that are classified as hazardous materials is very extensive. Some are obvious, yet others not so much. Examples of the ‘not so obvious’ consumer type articles that are classified as hazardous are certain alcohol based hand sanitisers, perfumes, aerosols (eg: deodorant), certain paints and varnishes, matches and anything containing lithium batteries – like phones and laptops.

How do I go about transporting dangerous goods?

There are three modes of transport applicable for transporting DG’s, all of which ORP DG PRO can assist with. 

  • By Road – using the current edition of the ADG code for Road Transport
  • By Plane – using the current edition of the IATA DGR for Air Transport
  • By Sea – using the current edition of the IMDG Code for Sea Transport

For all three modes of transport it is imperative that proper packaging, labelling & marking and documenting is done in order to ship it safely and compliant.

It is your responsibility, as the shipper, to ensure DG’s are correctly declared, packed and labelled, with the right DG documentation. This will incur extra surcharges as DG’s require special transport and handling services when shipping.

ORP DG PRO can assist you with all this to make you sure the handling of your DG shipment goes as smooth as possible and being safe and compliant.  Contact us on info@orpconsultancy.com.au


Identification and classification of dangerous goods: How do I know if my cargo is considered dangerous goods for transport?

The first step to managing Dangerous Goods safely and in a compliant manner is to find out the classification of the goods you wish to ship.The easiest way to find that information is by consulting the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).The SDS should, amongst other information, provide you with the classification according to UN criteria, the UN proper shipping name, the transport hazard class(es), the packing group (where applicable).Generally, the supplier or manufacturer of the DG product should be able to provide you with an SDS. ORP DG PRO can assist you in locating and understanding the SDS.

What does a 4GV/X rating on a UN Specification packaging mean?

The requirements for (use of) UN tested and approved packagings, as well as the format and marking of UN packaging is not always easy to understand. DG approved packaging requirements and compliance come into play with all modes of transport. For example, the year and month of manufacture plays a role in the usability of a UN approved plastic jerrycan or drum. Where indicated by the regulations, your dangerous goods must be packaged in UN approved packaging. When dangerous goods are not in compliant packaging this may mean re-packaging the item into compliant packaging. ORP DG PRO can provide you with a review and provide advice on your packaging, as well as provide UN approved packing services.

Packaging specification tests and criteria – what is approved dangerous goods packaging?

The requirements for (use of) UN specification packagings, as well as the format and marking of UN packaging is not always easy to understand. DG approved packaging requirements and compliance come into play with all modes of transport. For example, the year and month of manufacture plays a role in the usability of a UN approved plastic jerrycan or drum. Where indicated by the regulations, your dangerous goods must be packaged in UN approved packaging. When dangerous goods are not in compliant packaging this may mean re-packaging the item into compliant packaging. ORP DG PRO can provide you with a review and provide advice on your packaging, as well as provide UN approved packing services.

Packing and repacking of shipments – What options do I have for the packing of dangerous goods?

Incidents or accidents during dangerous goods transport can be caused by inappropriate packaging, packing, labelling and marking. Knowledge sharing and compliant packing services are part of our core values and encompass our goal of working towards more understanding regarding transport of dangerous goods. When it comes to packing and repacking, there are several types of services we can offer you:

  1. Packing, marking & labelling, documenting by ORP DG PRO

Handling, Packing, marking & Labelling, documenting is completed by ORP DG PRO, with ORP DG PRO also taking over the liability for those shipments.

  1. Packing, marking & labelling, documenting by the Shipper

If you like to stay completely in control, ORP DG PRO can provide you with all the necessary requirements to assist you with your dangerous goods transport requirements. This ranges from, but may not be limited to, training, consultancy, as well as supply of UN approved packaging, packing tape, dangerous goods labels and marks, absorbent material.

ORP DG PRO can even provide you with access to DG Office, our globally offered and used dangerous goods software package to create your dangerous goods documentation for all modes of transport, create Safety Data sheets, and etcetera.

Logistics, a fit for purpose solution – Can you organise forwarding of our dangerous goods?

Dangerous Goods Documentation, amongst other shipping documentation, needs to accompany shipments containing dangerous goods. The documentation informs the transport company and carrier about the presence of dangerous goods and what type of dangerous goods is present. In case of incidents, various parties including emergency services, have access to important information about the cargo.

ORP DG PRO’s specialists complete and sign the DG Declaration for transport according to the regulations on your behalf for the various modes of transport:

  • IATA-DGR DG Declaration Air
  • IMDG DG Declaration Sea
  • ADGC DG Declaration Road & Rail

When you have successfully passed the training and testing requirements for the specific mode(s) of transport you are certified to complete the dangerous goods documentation yourself. By completing and signing the dangerous goods documentation you declare that the dangerous goods requirements have been fulfilled for the concerning mode of transport. This includes ensuring that the packing, packaging, marking & labelling is as per regulatory requirement. Never sign a dangerous goods declaration for cargo for which you are not 100% confident that the cargo complies with the requirements; once you have signed the dangerous goods declaration you are liable for any non-compliance irregularities.

If in doubt, call upon the experts of ORP DG PRO to assist you. When you engage ORP DG PRO to handle your Dangerous Goods, we assume all responsibilities and liabilities related to the safe transportation of those goods. ORP DG PRO carries a Global Comprehensive Liability Insurance Policy in case of an accident or incident related to the packing and documenting of the dangerous goods. All your DGs are in safe and compliant hands with us.

Inspection / acceptance checks – Can ORP DG PRO assist us with ensuring compliance requirements are met?

ORP DG PRO is not a freight forwarding company. We are Dangerous Goods specialists and partner with a long list of freight forwarding organisations. We know what we are good at, and our unique position and knowledge in the field of dangerous goods management & transport enables us to be able to offer you a worldwide ‘Fit for Purpose’ Solution by using valued and experienced partners.

By considering the commodity, transport options and restrictions, budget and time constraints, we can use our global network of partners to create a workable and financially viable solution for all your Dangerous Goods shipments. Each of our valued partners have their own specialities and ORP DG PRO selects the right partner(s) for your project to ensure a managed process with open and clear communication, providing you with the assurance that your project is continuously monitored and compliant with your cargo arriving safely at its destination.


Dangerous goods documentation – Can I take care of the dangerous goods documentation myself?

Accepting responsibility, compliance and liability goes hand in hand with transporting Dangerous Goods. In order to reduce your liability, ORP DG PRO can check, accept, and approve dangerous goods on your behalf before they are moved further in the transport chain. For example:

  • On-site inspection
  • Cargo acceptance at airports
  • Segregation checks at seaports
  • Final load inspections