Before the transportation of bulk chemicals, you should consider various measures for safety. There are safety measures put in place by the federal rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure the process is smooth. Below are safety measures to take note of the transportation of bulk chemicals.
Cleaning the Tank
When the supplier knows the type and quantity of chemical, the buyer wants, the next step is to clean the tank to transport the product. Cleaning is essential to ensure no cargo residue can affect the purity of the chemical being pumped into the tanker. After the tank is well cleaned, it is put on the truck transporting the chemical.
Check the Tank Capacity
Before loading the cargo, it is essential to check the tank capacity. Check the instructions to get the full details of the amount of the chemical that the tank can transport comfortably. Consider the company’s compliance requirement on the quantity of cargo that can be carried. This is very important to ensure the stability condition of the transporting tank on transit.
Use of Proper Tanks for Chemical Transportation
When the right tanks are used to transport bulk chemicals, then safety is enhanced. There are four different types of chemical tanks that a supplier can use to supply chemicals to a buyer. Examples of these tanks include a rubber lined tank trailer, an aluminum tank trailer, a general-purpose tank trailer, and a fiberglass reinforced plastic. Most of these tanks can transport between 5000 to 8500 gallons of chemicals. The supplier will know the type of container to use depending on the type of chemical required by the buyer. For example, if you want to transport haul acids or bleaches, fiberglass reinforced plastic is the tank to use.
HAZMAT and CDL Certification
Any driver transporting bulk chemicals regarded as hazardous materials should have a HAZMAT endorsement. The driver needs to undergo vigorous training and processes to be given a certification to operate these trucks. One needs to do a written test and get examined by a physical DOT doctor. Besides, you need to get a CDL license to operate the trucks. With HAZMAT endorsement, a driver will adequately inspect the equipment before transportation and do a periodic inspection. While drivers are driving on the road, they should ensure they take precautions to avoid damages and costs. A driver should anticipate challenges during their transportation processes such as bad weather, traffic, pedestrian movement, and road conditions. He or she must be proactive on these errors to ensure there is safety in transportation. With the right requirements, a driver will be able to transport the products with Confidence.
Use the Agencies Systems
The Environmental Protection Agency and department of transportation in the U.S develop regulations and procedures that need to be followed for safety purposes. Although these systems can be tiresome, they help streamline processes for inspection and accountability, spill containment, personal protection, and reporting.
Take Precautions over Theft and Attacks
Whether you transport the chemical through the sea, air, or road, it is essential to ensure you have taken safety measures to avoid the loss of these products. Different surroundings may bring some security risks to the chemical being transported. Theft or attack may occur at any time. To reduce this vulnerability, place locks and barriers to ensure your cargo is secured.
There is a contact number that works round the clock for chemtrec. Memorizing this number is very important so that you can call for help in case of any incident or hazards during transportation.
When transporting bulk chemicals, you require skills, common sense, and training to ensure safety is enhanced. Everyone involved in transportation from the supplier to the buyer should be aware of the risks involved despite the mode of transportation. A training course can help all individuals that are part of the process, including the drivers, to ensure they are well protected, and the load is safe on the road.