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Hazardous tanker training

6th April 1985, Page 26
6th April 1985
Page 26
Page 26, 6th April 1985 — Hazardous tanker training
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

THE CM report in March 23 stated that a Suffolk councillor, Mr George King of Ipswich Borough Council, says haulage firms that transport dangerous chemicals should send their drivers on regular training courses and the Health and Safety Executive should introduce new regulations.

Sadly, this type of comment shows publicly how ill informed Mr King is on the subject and it might be of interest for him to know that since January 1982 all bulk movements of dangerous goods in road tankers and tank containers have been controlled by Statutory Instrument 1059 of 1981. These controls include a mandatory driver training element.

Similar controls are soon to be introduced for conveyance of dangerous substances in packages, drums, cyclinders, sacks, carboys, etc.

Should Mr King wish to broaden his knowledge on these matters so that next time he speaks on the subject his comments will be more credible, I will be pleased to help. Being responsible for one of the six Chemical Industries Association, Road Haulage Association and Road Transport Industry Training Board Approved Training Centres, I invite him to attend the threeday Hazfreight course so that he can experience the same training in dangerous goods conveyance as a typical group of drivers from the tanker industry.

W. J. DOBSON Personnel and Training Manager Smith and Robinson Hargreaves Transport Rothwell, Leeds

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