Hazchem Training

HAZCHEM LEGISLATION The regulations on the transportation of hazardous substances, previously included in the Hazardous Substances Act of 1973 have been revised and now included in Chapter VIII of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996. 
These revised regulations covers both bulk and packaged dangerous goods on our roads bringing in more stringent standards for safeguarding the driver and their vehicles, other road users in the community and the environment.

There is immense necessity for those involved in the transportation of dangerous goods to be made aware of the new legislation in order to comply. Driving Sense offer a comprehensive training manual that meets the requirements of regulation 280 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996. The material is generic to meet these requirements; however modules can be developed to meet the requirements of company specific goods and substances transported.


The National Road Traffic Act (NRTA) requires that training is provided to ensure that all employees who load transport or unload dangerous goods and substances in excess of the exempt quanity, are competent and specifically trained for the tasks they perform. In other words, everyone handling dangerous goods and substances be it Transport Mangers, Superivors, Forklift Drivers, Qualified Persons for loading and offloading, Drivers etc, must have the necessary knowledge and skills to minimise the risks involved with these tasks and activities.

The following is incorporated in the course: The key aspects of the legal changes and the requirements laid down by the National Traffic Act of 1996 (Chapter VIII), relevant terms and definitions.
The methods and procedures for the safe handling of dangerous goods and substances during the transportation of these on public roads in South Africa, exempt quantities, compatibility of substances and placarding.
The relevant emergency procedures and protective actions involved thus enhancing the safety awareness of the driver and protection of local environment.
The documentation involved in the transportation of dangerous goods.

The Hazchem training material complies fully with the South African Qualifications Act as well as the TETA requirements.

Driving Sense offers trainers that are accredited as competent assessors and train according to National Unit Standards. This is complimented by their 30 years experience in the transportation of Dangerous Goods and thus comprehensive understanding of both the Hazchem Act of 1973 and the new Chapter VIII of the Act of 1996. Candidates are required to study the work booklet prior to the training, thus familiarising themselves with the material and reducing the time for the active training of one day. The competency of the candidates is assessed by the trainers.

On completion of this training course, delegates will be in a position to apply for their professional driving permit that is in accordance with the National Road Traffic Act, as well as make a contribution to road safety in South Africa. Each candidate will receive a Hazchem certificate acknowledging their competency in terms of regulation 280. The certificate is valid for one year from date of issue. Thereafter, delegates are required to be retrained.

The aim of the Hazchem legislation and of this training manual is to reduce the risks of transporting dangerous goods both in South Africa and in neighbouring states. It is the effort of companies like Driving Sense that promote safety for the driver, other road users, the general public, and to safeguard the environment.

The cost of the training is R650.00 per delegate excluding VAT, which includes a training manual.

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