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WA: safety warning issued over transporting dangerous goods

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019 - 11:45
Policy & legislation

WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety recently issued a safety warning about transporting dangerous goods following an incident in which a leaking LP gas cylinders exploded in the rear compartment of a vehicle.

“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 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s 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.”

The department has important safety information for transporting dangerous goods such as pool chemicals and LP gas cylinders on its website.

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

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

Improper transport of pool chemicals can also create a potentially deadly situation, and before transporting pool chemicals, the packaging should be checked to ensure it is in good condition and there are no leaks.

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

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