Planning on moving dangerous goods for the first time? Moving dangerous goods is a task that should not be taken lightly. These substances can be extremely harmful, and if transported haphazardly could result in fires, contamination, spills and toxic exposures – posing a serious threat to public safety, property and the environment.
This is why it is crucial to follow established guidelines. Below are some of the most crucial things to consider when transporting dangerous goods. This is by no means an exhaustive checklist but is a good starting point for ensuring absolute compliance with Australian guidelines regarding the transport of dangerous goods.
Before anything else, let us define exactly what dangerous goods are. These are items or substances that have explosive, flammable, toxic, infectious or corrosive properties. You must make sure that you follow state and national legal requirements when consigning, packing, loading and transporting these goods. These goods are classified into 9 different classes. Refer to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code for a more comprehensive classification and division.
The following are some of the most important things to remember when transporting dangerous goods:
- Make sure that the goods are packed and marked properly. They must be placed in appropriate dangerous goods containers and marked with the correct placards and safety signage.
- The transporter must have the completed and accurate dangerous goods transport document at all times. This document contains pertinent information regarding the goods being moved, such as class or division of the goods and subsidiary risk of the goods (if any).
- The driver of the vehicle must have the correct licence and must be trained in emergency procedures. They must know how to load, stow, restrain and segregate dangerous goods correctly and carry appropriate personal protective and safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and double-sided reflector signals.
- Properly secure dangerous goods shipping containers to the vehicle.
- Abide by the separation and segregation rules when transporting mixed classes of dangerous goods. Always separate foodstuffs from chemicals.
- When travelling by road, plan your routes so as to abide by the requirements/ restrictions set by the local regulator. As much as possible, set the route on major roads and avoid congested or heavily populated areas, residential areas, environmentally sensitive zones and tunnels.
- Make sure you are well aware of all the safety standards set by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, including those on segregation and transfer of goods, protective and safety equipment, travel routes and reporting dangerous goods incidents.
These are just some of the important things to consider when moving dangerous goods. For more detailed information make sure to take a look at the Australian Dangerous Goods Code as it is the most comprehensive source of all national standards and requirements for transporting dangerous goods. And for your dangerous goods storage needs, look no further than Tiger Containers. We provide a full range of high-quality shipping containers, including customisable dangerous goods storage containers. Give us a call today on 1800 072 039 to get started.