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Safety equipment

What safety equipment is required and when?

The following must be carried on a vehicle transporting a placard load of dangerous goods:

  • three double-sided reflector signals
  • fire extinguishers
  • personal protective and safety equipment.

What are the fire extinguisher requirements?

For all types of dangerous goods packed in:

  • packages, drums, overpacks, segregation devices
  • intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) where they contain non-flammables) – any quantity
  • IBCs (where they contain flammables) –up to 10,000 L or 10,000 kg capacity.
1 x 30B dry powder - in or directly behind the cabin, or at the front of any trailer transporting a placard load

For non-flammable goods packed in:

  • pressure drums, tubes, multiple element gas containers (MEGCs), tanks, bulk containers (solids)
1 x 60B dry powder or 2 x 30B dry powder in the load area
1 x 10B dry powder in the cabin or mounted on the rear of the cabin

For flammable goods packed in:

  • pressure drums, tubes, MEGCs, tanks, bulk containers (solids)
    or
  • IBCs > 10,000 L capacity or containing >10,000 kg.
2 × 60B dry powder or 1x 80B dry powder, plus 1 x 20B foam in the load area
1 x 10B dry powder in the cabin or mounted on the rear of the cabin

Note 1: Flammable goods means substances classified as, or having a subsidiary risk of 2.1, 3 or 4.

Note 2: In cases of combination vehicles, these directions apply to every separate trailer transporting a placard load.

Each fire extinguisher must be mounted securely in a quick-release bracket.

Where only one extinguisher is required for the load area, locate it on the discharge side of a tank vehicle. For other vehicles, locate it near the driver’s door or at the front of the trailer with a placard load.

Where two or more extinguishers are required for the load area, mount one on the near side towards the rear and one on the offside near the front.

What are the personal protective and safety equipment requirements?

Requirements depend on the type of dangerous goods being transported. This table shows the safety equipment required for transporting each class or division of dangerous goods (× = required item).

 

Class/ divisionEscape breathing apparatusGas tight goggles/ face shieldEyewash 250 ml (d)Chem-resistant gloves*Thermal gloves*Chem-resistant coverallsChem-resistant bootsTorchFlame-proof torch

2.1 a

 X c

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

2.2

 

X c

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

2.3

X b

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

 

3 / 4

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

5.1 Solid

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

5.1 Liquid

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

5.2

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

6.1 / 8

X b

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

6.2

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

9

 

 

X

X

X e

 

 

X

 

a = gas detector required for unodourised LPG
b = air supplied short-term breathing apparatus, unless there is no possibility of harmful vapours, gases or dusts even in an emergency
c = if the receptacle is > 500 L or if it contains cryogenic liquid 
d = where an eyewash kit is required, it must be of at least 250 mL capacity, filled and ready for use
e = if elevated temperature substance or dry ice

* Where thermally insulated gloves are required and are carried, chemically resistant gloves may be ignored

All equipment must be clean, suitable, in sound condition and ready for use.

Respiratory equipment for escape purposes must be carried securely, in an accessible position in the cabin. It must be provided for the driver and any passengers travelling in the vehicle.

Other equipment must be carried securely and in a readily accessible position on the vehicle.

Note: The safety data sheet for particular substances may specify additional personal protective equipment.

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Page last updated: 07 June 2013