TSA helps logistics firms meet the dangerous goods demands of clients and regulators


As the UK’s cargo and transport industry continues to grapple with wide-ranging issues impacting the swift flow of goods nationwide and across borders, TSA has identified key areas within the logistics sector where up-to-date skills, greater awareness and clear knowledge can help companies navigate a landscape of complicated safety verifications and documentation.

The UK’s leader in aviation, cargo and transport industry training, TSA has highlighted the movement of Dangerous Goods as an area of concern. Highly regulated with strict classifications, companies moving Dangerous Goods by air, sea or land must undergo extensive training and critical awareness that follows guidelines set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), DfT (Road) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (Sea).

To support firms across the industry, TSA, with 15 years’ experience in Dangerous Goods, has expanded its team of sector-specific teachers with the addition of Neil Didcote to its Dangerous Goods training division.

Having worked in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, Neil is well versed in critical Passenger Handling requirements as well as Cargo, Weight and Balance Regulations. Boasting a 35–year career spanning a variety of Humanitarian Aid and Governmental contracts, Neil has extensive situational knowledge and experience – key attributes for TSA.

TSA’s Dangerous Goods training covers areas such as: Dangerous Goods Transport by Air, Road and Sea, in addition to the safe transport of Lithium batteries. Adding a highly experienced professional such as Neil to TSA’s expert DGR Instructor team allows for a greater range of training courses to tackle key scenarios within the sector. This includes newly updated Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) rules, which have been highlighted as a key requirement in the recent IATA updates.

“TSA’s training Team now has the size and flexibility to deliver multiple industry-standard courses for the safe and efficient handling of Dangerous Goods, with expert instruction provided at locations around the UK and Northern Ireland,” said Mick Sullivan, TSA’s lead DG advisor. “Our increased capacity and availability, combined with additional expertise provided by Neil, means TSA can now be considered the training provider of choice.”

CBT training is also available through TSA’s newly updated online platform. Sessions cover all aspects of the road, sea and air transport industry including the movement of Dangerous Goods nationally and internationally – a valuable resource in today’s post-Brexit environment.

Operational changes at the UK and overseas border crossings means British companies tasked with moving Dangerous Goods – which need extensive documentation and careful journey management – can struggle to meet the dual demands of increased regulation and tight customer timeframes. TSA’s training courses offer a valuable and accessible solution to these issues.

“We deliver real-life, scenario-related courses that map out the regulations and situations faced by transport companies,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Our industry is under increasing pressure from different factors – bureaucratic, logistical, financial – that have the potential to dramatically impact how companies operate.

“There is a pressing need to provide firms with up-to-date and comprehensive training for the safe and swift movement of Dangerous Goods that need accurate documentation.”

As the go-to provider of the latest training, qualifications and upskilling requirements for the movement of cargo, TSA’s instructors deliver clear and concise industry-standard sessions using their practical experience in air and sea transport, road haulage and the warehousing of cargo, including Dangerous Goods.

“At TSA we’re proud of our ability to explain complex regulations in easily digestible scenarios that make learning enjoyable, accessible and relatable to the people who keep our industry working,” added Mr. Sullivan. “Our pledge is that every student who enrolls in our programme will leave equipped with the knowledge needed to meet and apply industry regulations within a successful working environment.”

TSA’s Dangerous Goods instructors have supported both commercial clients in the UK and Ministry of Defense customers with the latest training and qualifications. TSA is further responsible for auditing and supporting major distribution firms and transport hubs nationwide.