People who are undergoing training to qualify to transport dangerous goods, such as pathogen samples, are taught how to check the consignment before loading it for transportation. This article discusses some of the necessary checks that have to be conducted before shipment.
Matching Documents to Packages
Always confirm to make sure that the documents which you have been given match the packages of dangerous goods that you are going to transport. For example, you should check the labels on the packages to confirm that they match the manifest that you have been given. This will help you to avoid any problems that can arise in case what you are transporting doesn't match the documents that you have. An example of issues that can arise is when you use inappropriate emergency measures, such as pouring water on spilled products, which worsen the situation (such as leading to reactions that cause the product to ignite) because the methods are inapplicable for the items involved.
Leaking or Damaged Packages
You should also inspect each of the packages of dangerous goods so that you confirm that none of them is leaking or damaged. This step will protect you, the public and the environment from the risks associated with exposure to that dangerous product. Reject any leaking or damaged package until it is correctly packed.
Packages containing dangerous goods have to be labelled appropriately to alert anyone who will be handling those packages about the risks involved. Labels usually include a UN number and the name of the substance in the package. Special precautions, such as explosion warnings, may also be included on the label. Trainees are taught how different products should be labelled so that those individuals can identify the products with improper/incomplete labels.
Confirm that you have the right safety equipment for the type of dangerous goods that you intend to transport before you load that consignment onto a vehicle. For example, a respirator with high-performance filters may be necessary in case the packages contain substances that can harm your respiratory system if the package was damaged during transit.
Dangerous goods courses entail more than learning what to check before you load a consignment of dangerous goods. Other important aspects, such as learning how to implement an emergency action plan, are also covered. Find a reputable training facility near you so that you can be equipped with the information and skills that you will need to stay safe as you handle or transport dangerous goods.