There is absolutely no doubt about it, being a truck driver is a tough, challenging job. There are a myriad of things to learn, remember and do when you’re behind the wheel of a big rig. Those that are involved with bulk acid transport, like all hazardous materials transporters, are under even more pressure to be safe and efficient.
This is due to the fact that their cargo can, if not handled properly, cause harm to humans and the environment. There are three key elements of safely transporting these types of materials; material identification, proper documentation and strict operational procedures.
By far, the most important aspect of safely hauling bulk acids and other hazardous materials is their proper identification. This is accomplished by using the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Alpha HAZMAT table. Each type of hazardous materials is given a symbol, proper name and description, identification number, and hazard class. Material shippers, carriers and their drivers, must work together to ensure that every chemical is properly identified and that its characteristics are known and communicated.
Every load of bulk acid must be accompanied by properly prepared shipping papers. They are required to contain basic information about the cargo, such as the proper shipping name, hazard class, identification number, and packaging group. No hazardous materials can be legally shipped without this information on board the truck. The details contained within the papers must match the actual cargo and must be presented to law enforcement upon request, or in the event of an accident. Additionally, placards must be placed upon the truck and tanker to communicate the potential dangers to travelers, dock workers and law enforcement personnel.
Due to their corrosive nature, bulk acids must be handled very carefully. Lapses in attention to the smallest details can have devastating results. From special loading procedures through to safe driving techniques and subsequent unloading procedures, every step must be well planned and perfectly executed. Other items such as, cleaning procedures for tanks and the proper method of discarding waste from this activity require special attention as well. It is vital that every person that is involved in these processes is educated, trained, and well-versed in bulk acid transport best practices and procedures. Not only does this ensure regulatory compliance, it also increases safety and improves efficiency.
If you are a producer, or shipper, of bulk acid, contact us at CTL Transportation for a free quote for shipping services, or to learn more about safely transporting your cargo. Our expert, knowledgeable staff of industry professionals will be happy assist you in arranging for transport, or to answer any questions you have about the process.