In the industrial and medical gases industry, the transport of gases to the customers is often carried out by contractors acting as transporters or carriers. In most cases the contractor provides personnel (for example drivers) and certain transport equipment (for example truck, semi-trailer tractor, chassis for swap bodies / containers and driver’s equipment). Hence, the contractor’s personnel are directly responsible for transport safety. The employees of the contractors also act as representatives of the gas companies towards the customers.
For these reasons, it is critical that gas companies choose their contractors diligently, train them for the transport of industrial and medical gases, monitor their performance closely and take action if they perform poorly.
This safety information provides guidance on the minimum requirements for the selection, qualification, and performance monitoring of contractors that provide equipment, personnel, and services for the transport of industrial and medical gases.