What Are the Spill Equipment “Essentials’ Needed to be ADR Compliant?

Spill equipment requirements with ADR regulations

Before we start discussing spill equipment, we must first clarify what the ‘essentials’ are to be ADR compliant.

At this present moment in time, the only required equipment an ADR vehicle should have on board is the following (Hazchem’s recommendations are in brackets):

As you can see on the above list there is absolutely no spill absorbent included whatsoever, yet there is a collecting container to put waste product in. This can present a problem.

So, if you can picture the scene for a moment you will understand where I am coming from; a tanker driver named John realises there is some Kerosene spilling out the back of his tanker so he immediately grabs his ADR Kit bag (DK0025). He puts the warning triangles out, dons his goggles, gauntlets, waistcoat, and respirator. He then calls the police. But John has common sense so he starts to think what he can do to clear up the leak, he turns to his ADR Kit bag and sure enough there is no spill equipment for the situation. Do you see my point now? It is all very well being ADR compliant but realistically you need more than the ‘essentials’ to be truly safe.

What you need is a pack of the magnificent Oil Absorbent spill pads SC0300 and possibly some SC0330 socks to help contain the spill. These are perfect for any tanker carrying Oil based product as they are oil selective, so if John’s leak happened on a rainy day it would have made no difference. These pads only soak up the oil, and not any rainwater which is pretty clever.  For tankers carrying other chemicals we recommend a selection of absorbents from our chemical selective range should be carried.

So, although ADR regulations do not insist on spill equipment it is important to have this available at any given point

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