Thinking of Transporting Gas in a vehicle? Maybe Bri-Stor can help?
As you might expect there are many regulations to take into account. Originating deep in Health and Safety Legislation there are some key ones called ‘Dangerous Goods Directive’, ‘Confined Spaces Regulations’, ‘Carriage of Dangerous Goods’ for example. The latter breaks down into vehicles on the highway, transport by sea and finally air. Not forgetting of course that ‘road’ vehicles carrying such goods can be themselves transported by sea (Ferries) or even air. Let us concentrate for now purely on highways related factors to keep it simple!
In all cases the first step is a ‘Risk Assessment’, this is a formal, fundamental and mandatory step. Essentially a ‘competent person’ should methodically assess the planned activity (in advance!) and determine the appropriate measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable (at least statutory) level. Without such an assessment, risk-reducing measures could either be ‘over the top’ or worse insufficient, thus exposing the users of the vehicle and/or third parties to unacceptable risks with potentially dire consequences for them, you and your business.
Gases are ‘dangerous goods’ which can be explosive, combustible, poisonous, oxygen rich -promoting fire, oxygen depleting – promoting suffocation, dangerously freezing (‘cryogenic’), acidic, alkaline etc.
Let us assume, for now, you are carrying your gas(es) in stand-alone ‘cylinders’ designed and made for the purpose. There are still regulations (which vary with quantity and gas types) on certification, positions and security in vehicles, ventilation, driver and passenger segregation, warning signage, monitoring, driver training, maintenance checks, loading / unloading, emergency plans (for example a crash or vehicle fire), leakage mitigation plans, end of use, etc.
If the such a ‘proprietary’ cylinder is ‘plumbed in’ things get more complex and if the ‘cylinder’ or ‘tank’ is a ‘bespoke’ unit for the application/vehicle then be prepared to invest significant time to ensure compliance.
All that said, there is of a course a need for individuals or businesses to transport gas and the regulations are designed to ensure that can carry on – safely. If you would like us at Bri-Stor to work with you on such a vehicle we will, of course, be happy to do so and will take you through options to ensure you comply with your obligations at a price that enables you to get on with your business in a competitive way.