Local worker qualifies as dangerous goods safety expert

Kasia Szulc, who is 28 and works at specialty chemicals manufacturer Safapac, has successfully qualified as a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) following an intensive five-day course and a series of exams.

At Safapac Kasia will now be responsible for handling, processing and transporting hazardous customer orders. These include crop protection products used to help farmers control insects, weeds, fungi and other potentially harmful pests.

“Kasia will classify products, mark and label them before sending for dispatch in properly authorised vehicles along with the appropriate legal paperwork, while providing professional advice to customers and ensuring regulatory compliance at all times,” says Safapac’s customer service manager Louise Hayden.

“This is an essential job at Safapac as we need to ensure the utmost levels of safety and security throughout our logistics processes and Peterborough-based manufacturing facility.”

Kasia joined Safapac two years ago as a packer before being promoted into its customer service team. The company paid for her to complete the DGSA course and gave her time off to study after she voiced her keenness to learn and progress at work.

Kasia says: “I found the DGSA course enormously challenging but highly enjoyable. It feels great to pass, I am delighted that I have done my company proud and increased my range of responsibilities at work. Specialty chemicals is a safety-critical industry so I take my role very seriously.”

“I feel l have come a long way since starting at Safapac two years ago. I’d like to thank the company for believing in my and dedicating resources to my training.”

Originally from Poland, Kasia lives in Peterborough and is a proud mother of one. Her husband also works for Safapac as a packing line leader.