Handling dangerous goods entails a risk for employees and for the company. Hence, there are strict protocols on how this process should take place. However, following the rules is not always enough, and sometimes it is also necessary to have the right equipment or the right professionals. Thus, having a first-class technical team facilitates the transport of these goods and minimizes the risks involved. The following is a detailed explanation of the types of problems that can occur and how a company can avoid them.
Dangerous goods are understood to be those which, during transportation, may pose a risk to the health of people or the environment. There is a catalog of toxic products that helps us to identify the goods in question.
The risks of handling dangerous goods are varied in nature. Here are the main ones:
As we have seen, despite the existence of rules and laws and operating standards, risks may still be present. And the best way to reduce them is to invest in safety and in machinery so that the transport can be carried out without major complications or problems.
There are standards and protocols that guide companies so that they can use this type of goods in complete safety. There are four main requirements:
In the case of both trucks and ships, current regulations require that they must indicate somewhere on the vehicle what they are transporting. This way, they warn others that they are carrying dangerous goods. Obviously, the transport of dangerous goods requires vehicles to be in perfect condition. Meaning: to be active, functional and with everything in order.
These products must be contained in the containers indicated and intended for them. And, in the same way, they must have the appropriate labeling. This will alert operators and workers as to how they can and should be handled. This is essential, as not all dangerous goods require the same type of care. Therefore, knowing which one is being transported will be a requirement to minimize risks.
This also includes the need to have the right machines to move these goods. That is, it must be done with due care and without posing any risk. This is another aspect in which companies have to invest.
Training is also an essential requirement that will give operators the resources, knowledge and tools to handle these goods correctly. This training plays a crucial role, since, for example, if any mishap occurs or if a problem arises, these operators will be in a position to act in each situation.
Therefore, it is not only a form of prevention, but also a way of tackling the problem once it has already arisen.
Whether it is a ship or a truck, it must have passed all the necessary formalities or inspections.
Some important recommendations regarding the transport of dangerous goods are the following:
In short, this is an overview of the importance of management when handling dangerous goods. Suisca Group offers everything that a ship may need in its stopover so that any potentially dangerous situation or that supposes an important risk does not arise. If this is your case, contact us.