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The Importance of a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor

15 March 2018

A laboratory relocation is often a complex and sensitive operation – requiring a cohesive effort involving multiple agencies and specialists. Relocation can be further complicated by the presence of dangerous goods – often found in a range of laboratories. Despite this some providers don’t include a dangerous goods safety advisor as standard – potentially leaving laboratories open to catastrophic consequences, compromised operations or even legal action. So why is reliable dangerous goods management so important, and how can you choose a reputable DGSA to support your relocation?

Dangerous goods require specialist assistance

From cleaning products and pesticides to solvents and biological samples – even seemingly inoffensive or unassuming items can be classed as dangerous goods. Their classification is complex and nuanced – involving nine different tiers each with varying regulations and recommendations. Dangerous goods naturally require careful handling and management by fully trained professionals. Good lab practice considers the safety of employees and operations as a whole in conjunction with one another, so when a lab move is on the horizon dangerous goods management is naturally front of mind.

What does the role of a dangerous goods safety advisor involve?

A dangerous goods safety advisor or DGSA has extensive and specific knowledge relating to the handling, management and transportation of dangerous goods. They understand that careful planning and preparation is paramount and will consult and advise on the dangerous goods aspect of the relocation.

Choose wisely for complete peace of mind

We take the movement of dangerous goods incredibly seriously – so we have in-house dangerous goods safety advisors who are on-hand to assist during laboratory relocation. Naturally this greatly minimises risk and ensures compliance and appropriate handing and management at all times. Having in-house knowledge of dangerous substances helps lab managers to retain complete peace of mind – but there are additional benefits associated with having expert assistance on side. A specialist advisor can oversee this aspect of the move, helping to significantly streamline the process and lowering costs thanks to the elimination of wasted time and resources.

Planning for an upcoming laboratory move? Get in touch with Johnsons today to discuss your requirements.


“We have very positive feedback from the end users regarding all the crews involved in the move. Indeed at a steering group meeting this week one of the senior scientist not only praised the move teams but also requested if the same teams could be used for the move into the CL2 building next year.”

The Pirbright Institute

“The Johnsons team worked well with our own internal project team to make the overall move a success. The main phase went without any significant issues, and this was a testament to the close management and supervision of the Johnsons team at both sites during the 3 days of the move.”

Mark Garrod, Redx Pharma

“We have a good working relationship and specifically use Johnsons as they are competitive, always turn up on time with the correct number of operatives, and their removal team is always courteous which matters especially when patients and our staff are affected.”

David Shepherd, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

“Johnsons Laboratory Logistics have been providing relocation services to us for a number of years now. They are competitive, reliable and trustworthy.”

Iain Ramsey, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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