Every year many incidents occur during transportation of gas cylinders, cryogenic receptacles or Dry Ice (solid carbon dioxide) in inappropriate vehicles. Unfortunately, this frequently results in severe incidents.
Typical causes include:
- Insufficient ventilation during transit
- Cylinders not secured correctly
- Valve protection (if applicable) not in place
- Valves not closed properly before departure
- Regulator or other equipment remaining connected during transport
- Cylinders and Dry Ice packages left in the vehicle for an extended period after arrival.
Many of these could have been avoided if basic safety rules had been followed.
EIGA has developed a serious of publications aimed at helping customers to transport gases and dry ice more safely in "non dedicated" vehicles.
The publication materials consist of Leaflets and Training Packages.
- SL 08/17 Safe Transport of Gases, and
- SL 09/17 Safe Transport of Dry Ice
The two Safety Leaflets are intended to be shared with customers collecting cylinders, cryogenic receptacles or Dry Ice packages from sites or retail centres. In a clear and simple format, the leaflets explain the safety hazards and then describe the basic precautions to be taken to stay safe.
Training Packages (Members only - Please connect with your login and password)
Two Training Packages are intended to be used to train and raise awareness of retail centre staff on the hazards and precautions to be taken and advice to be given to customers, for gas cylinders and for Dry Ice.
The presentations include examples of potential incidents and also provide guidance on certain specific circumstances when they should refuse to supply the customer with product.
The final two Training Package presentations are intended to be used to raise the awareness of customers calling at retail centres.
They provide advice on:
- What are the hazards of transporting gas cylinders or Dry Ice packages in private cars and vans?
- What precautions should you take to be safer?