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[post_content] => Safety in the workplace has become a hot topic in recent years, especially in relation to dangerous goods. Transport companies must be able to guarantee that all of their operations are carried out with full risk assessments in place for both staff and equipment.
The first stage of this process involves company-wide safety awareness. Safety is more than just observance of regulations – it is a set of behaviours and daily activities that, within themselves, underpin the wellbeing of employees. Pursuing best practice and prohibiting risky behaviour through reward and penalty systems can be quite effective in preventing incidents. Continuous training provided by employers is an excellent way to make sure staff are continually up to date with the latest regulations.
On the road and in the workplace, that means not just knowing the risks that dangerous goods present but also being trained in such areas as:
- Safe and defensive driving
- Personal protective equipment
- Working at height
- Technical devices.
Significant importance is given to near miss analysis
: looking at events that had the potential to cause injury but, by pure happenstance, did not. It is important that incidents such as these are turned into case studies and used to further educate, in order to prevent something similar happening again. Something that cannot be understated is the necessity to keep all devices to the most up-to-date versions; out of date technology can be more dangerous than the most irresponsible human.
All newly manufactured vehicles are equipped with advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) and lane departure warning systems, in compliance with EC Regulation 661/2009. These safety devices are designed to automatically slow or stop a vehicle in the event that an obstacle is detected, some even able to automatically correct the driver’s trajectory. Other systems such as anti-slip and emergency stop signal systems have existed on the market for some years but are now becoming ‘as standard’ features in a lot of vehicles.
Chassis production has also come a long way, with many equipped with safety devices such as ergonomic rear access, easy access for the use of hoses, retractable handrails, low and anti-slip steps, and collection tanks in case of product spill during unloading operations.
Latest generation tank containers are fitted with numerous safety mechanisms such as anti-slip walkways, stainless steel collapsible handrails and an air valve accessible to the ground operator to allow the operator to achieve the correct pressure within the tank without the need to climb on top, thus eliminating the risk of falling. Some operations can also be carried out with an all-important ‘lifeline’, which allows operations to be carried out at high altitudes with constant anchorage.
Additionally, tanks are often equipped with safety devices to aid unloading operations, such as remote controls that allow immediate shutoff of the unloading valve, even when the driver is some distance away. Safety relief valves and vacuum relief valves also come in useful should there be any overpressure or depression of the tank.
Chemical Express has been present in the industry since 1979 and provides its transport services to all its customers, making the know-how and all the technological innovations available, in order to guarantee very high safety standards at all levels. The company offers tailor-made solutions in order to meet customer requirements when transporting by road, rail or sea.
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Ask the expert: Chemical Express
Chemical Express discusses the layers of protection that need to be implemented to ensure the safe delivery of product