It can be dangerous for the environment, property, and people if dangerous goods are not transported correctly due to the hazardous chemicals they contain. It requires responsibility, planning and consideration to transport hazardous goods.
It is crucially important to use the right storage containers, segregating chemicals, managing temperatures and manage licenses. There are challenges that can arise if you’re transporting dangerous goods.
Before you start, here are the essential things that you need to keep in mind.
Dangerous goods are typically divided into nine-hazardous goods. It is important to understand the risks and hazardous circumstances that can arise if goods are not transported carefully and correctly.
Here are the 9 types of dangerous goods you need to have extensive knowledge about:
There are certain goods such as peroxides that need to be kept below a certain temperature in order to prevent any reaction from occurring. Make sure you are well-equipped and hold knowledge regarding the temperatures required for transporting the materials. It is important that materials are controlled in the condition of the transportation as well as maintain the temperature they are stored at.
While transporting dangerous goods, make sure that incompatible classes do not make contact with each other as they can cause highly dangerous reactions. Many types of hazardous goods need to be stored individually in separate containers and there are some chemicals or hazardous materials that require to be transported completely in separate vehicles.
It is important to label all hazardous chemicals around the world. It is a requirement set in place by the UN. These include primary and secondary containers that are used in transportation, so it’s important all your storage units meet the GHS label requirements.
While transporting dangerous goods, regulators can ask you to provide documentation at any time. It is important that you carry all transportation documents and able to provide satisfactory information about dangerous goods.
The documents must have the contact information of the consignor as well as a detailed description of the dangerous goods that need to meet specific guidelines. Some countries or cities around the world have no-go transport zones and this also bans the transportation of dangerous goods within those areas.
When you are off-loading dangerous goods, there are safety protocols that need to be followed such as making sure that the off-loading place is clear of any obstacles and you minimize the vehicle and human traffic. If you are shifting hazardous goods from one floor to another, make sure that they are no loose-floor boards or safety risks.
It is critical to store flammable goods below their flash points to help to prevent fires and explosions. A flashpoint of dangerous goods is the lowest temperature at which the vapors of flammable liquid can ignite into flames and explosions.
Various liquids have different flash points as some may have below 0 degrees Celsius. Train your employees to be aware of the flashpoints of dangerous goods before transporting them.
Companies like FET logistics make sure that all safety protocols are followed while transporting dangerous goods.