How to Transport Chemicals in a Safe and Effective Way
When it comes to transporting chemicals, it’s important that it be done in a safe and effective way. Otherwise, the results can be disastrous. To make sure the transportation process is done in the best possible manner, a variety of rules and regulations need to be in place and implemented each and every time chemicals are transported. Whether you are the person doing the actual transporting of chemicals or a supervisor who needs to have a thorough understanding of the rules, knowing the transportation process is crucial to things going smoothly. To learn more about what’s needed to make this process as safe as possible, here are some important rules and regulations on how to transport chemicals effectively as well as safely.
Along with the secondary container, the chemicals must be cushioned by materials that will prevent breakage. This should be done with materials that are absorbent, and also fireproof to prevent additional damage from occurring should a breakage or leak occur.
Once the chemicals are properly packaged to minimize breakage or leakage, the next step is making sure the chemicals are transported in the proper types of vehicles. If a car is used for transport, the chemicals must be stored in the car’s trunk. Under no circumstances should the container holding the chemicals be set on a car seat, since this greatly increases the chances the container could fall or slide off the seat and have the chemicals leak. In most cases, it’s best if the chemicals are transported in the bed of a pick-up truck. However, if they are, the container should be secured in the bed, and it’s also recommended the bed of the truck have a cover for added protection.
Dry Ice Transport
If there are chemicals that need to be transported on dry ice, special procedures should be used. To begin with, the driver responsible for the transport must have completed Dry Ice Shipping training within the past two years, ensuring they are aware of the special procedures needed with this shipping. Along with this, the chemicals should be placed in a sealed primary container, then put into a secondary container. After this, the secondary container should be placed in a Styrofoam-lined cardboard box that is filled with dry ice. Once this is done, the box should be taped shut.
In addition to properly transporting the chemicals, all laboratories should maintain thorough records of the chemicals transported. The documentation should include such details as the materials that were transported, where they were transported to, the date of the transport, the name of the driver doing the transport, and the quantity of the chemicals that were transported. For all these records, the laboratory should keep them for one year, then destroy them.
Since the transportation of chemicals can be a potentially hazardous process, great care should be exercised every step of the way. Because of this, it’s vital to follow each and every safety regulation related to the process. From using the right containers to properly securing the chemicals inside a vehicle, following the rules in these situations will keep everyone safe.