Unsafe transport of dangerous goods present potentially deadly consequences, says DMIRS

DMIRS

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is reminding everyone to stay safe when transporting dangerous goods.

A leaking LP gas cylinder which exploded in the rear compartment of a vehicle in Footscray prompted the Department to issue the safety reminder.

“As the weather warms up, we do see an increase in the amount of these dangerous goods being transported by people in the community,” said DMIRS Principal Dangerous Goods Officer Peter Xanthis.

“That’s why it is important the community is aware of some common safety tips for transporting these products.”

He said even household quantities of dangerous goods present potentially deadly risks.

“If LP gas leaks from a cylinder inside a vehicle, it can form an explosive fuel and air mixture,” said Mr. Xanthis.

“If there is an ignition source, this mixture can then explode and injure, or even kill the driver and passengers.”

Mr. Xanthis also said improper transport of pool chemicals can be deadly.

“If pool chemicals mix, one of the possible by-products is cholorine gas, which can irritate the nose and throat,” he said.

“Chlorine gas is toxic and the consequences can be fatal.”

More information is available on the department’s website

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