Transporting chemicals comes with several safety risks for the driver, the environment and people nearby. To transport chemicals in bulk, you need to look at numerous factors before beginning your journey. These factors range from the use of proper tanks, qualified drivers with adequate training and permits and a grasp of HAZMAT rules for proper handling and classification of the chemicals being transported. As a driver or entrepreneur in the logistics industry, you need to equip yourself with some background knowledge on the requirements to transport the chemicals safely.
Know your product
All the parties involved should be aware of the chemical being transported. As the client, you should inform the logistics company of your choice of the nature of the chemical being transported. It is advisable not to hold back information when it comes to transporting chemicals in bulk; this is because it may lead to mishandling of the shipment, which could result in damage of the product or even violation of safety standards for the given chemical resulting in fines and lawsuits.
The most important information you need to provide to the logistics company is the Safety Data Sheet. This document will give your transportation partner an insight into the product’s specifics, such as its density, pH and Viscosity. These three specifics will help the transporters determine the best mode of transportation.
You need to be aware of every equipment needs of your product
With the safety Data Sheet in the transport partner’s hands, you can both start to work on all the necessary equipment needed for safe transport. Using the specific properties, you can then match the product to specific equipment and sourcing for those, not in your possession. If your products need specific equipment, you need to share this information with your logistics partner. Most logistics companies are aware of most of the requirements needed to transport chemicals. However, if there are any different specifications or information needed to ensure maximum safety, you have to give it to the transporter.
Share loading and unloading SOPs
Besides the information provided on safe and efficient transport, your transport partner needs to know what is expected of them at the loading and offloading points. This expectation could include a full service of filling in the paperwork, loading and offloading. They can also be expected to fill in the paperwork and wait for the onsite personnel to either load or unload the cargo. If you need the logistics company to offer the full service, then they need to be trained on the entire loading and offloading process. You also need to inform them of the expectations when it comes to filing the paperwork.
Inform your logistics partner of blind shipment products
Most chemicals companies tend to transport different chemicals under different names. Before driving off or you need to inform your transporter of this to avoid any mishaps if the driver is stopped for an impromptu inspection by the DOT. You need to ensure the chemical illustrated on the SDS is similar to that on the driver’s paperwork and is also the original product name. This way, if something happens during transportation, for example, an accident, the authorities and transport company can respond effectively as they are aware of what they are dealing with.
Vet your logistics partner
You need to review the credentials of the various service providers before settling on one. If possible, interview them individually. You need a firm that is knowledgeable of the current trends in chemical transport as well as the laws regarding chemical transport. You also need to find a carrier that has all the necessary permits and certifications to perform their duties. Take your time vetting various firms for you to get it right.