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Materials Handling Tips

Conveyors who transport hazardous materials must follow a more strict set of rules than standard truck drivers. This is not only because safety is an important business value, but because of a set of rules laid down by the Department of Transportation. These materials handling regulations apply to those in the vehicle and those around them. To begin with, the material management of hazardous materials prior to shipping is up to the shipper. They must be packaged and labeled appropriately. But once the package is being driven around by conveyors, there are several materials handling rules that they must follow.

Special permits may be required of a shipping company that is involved in material management. Certain locations have different restrictions on the transportation of these kinds of materials, which makes it especially important, and there are some areas that don't allow transportation of these at all. Flammable materials also have their own set of rules. Dangerous materials have also been classified into different categories, and these require different guidelines as well. In some cases, and written route may be required, and the driver can not stray from this route. This is especially true of explosive materials.

Another requirement is that the driver must stop after 2 hours or a hundred miles in order to check the tires. If an overheated tire is found, it needs to be removed and placed a safe distance away from the vehicle while it cools. During refueling, somebody is required to stay by the gas nozzle at all times as well.