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Hazardous Substances Act, 1973 (Act No. 15 of 1973)

Regulations Governing the Conveyance of Hazardous Substances by Road Tanker

Chapter 2 : Labelling

8. Composition, position, maintenance and removal of hazard warning panels and compartment labels for multi-loads

 

 

1) The hazard warning panels provided in accordance with regulation 5(1) shall be three in number, one at the rear of the road tanker and one on either side of such tanker.

 

2) Each such hazard warning panel shall be--
a) weather-resistant and indelibly marked, on one side only, in accordance with the specification in paragraphs 1, 2 and 4 of Part I, and Part II of Annexure 4;
b) either rigid or fixed or attached so as to become rigid;
c) in the case of a side panel, securely attached in a substantially vertical plane to the tank or to the vehicle either directly or by means of a suitable frame with--
i) its forward edge as close as is practicable to the front of the tank; and
ii) its lower edge at least one metre from the ground;
d) in the case of a rear panel, securely attached to the tank or to the vehicle--
i) in a substantially vertical plane, either directly or by means of a suitable frame or, where the construction of the vehicle is such that this is not practicable, in such other manner as to be clearly visible; and
ii) with its lower edge at least one metre from ground level.

 

3) The compartment labels provided in accordance with subregulation (1) shall be two in number, one on either side of the vehicle, and each such label shall be--
a) weather-resistant and indelibly marked, on one side only, in accordance with the specification in paragraphs 6 to 9 of Part I, and Part II of Annexure 4;
b) either rigid or fixed or attached so as to become rigid; and
c) securely attached to the tank or to the vehicle in a substantially vertical plane either directly or by means of a suitable frame as close as is practicable to a position midway between the front and the rear of the compartment or tank.

 

4) Hazard warning panels and compartment labels shall be kept clean and free from obstruction, except that a rear panel may be mounted behind a ladder of light construction which does not prevent the information thereon from being easily read.

 

5) Where a road tanker--
a) has had one or more of its compartments, or in the case of separate tanks, one or more of its tanks, emptied and cleaned or purged so as to be free from a grouped hazardous substance or its vapour, the operator shall ensure that--
i) the compartment label referring to such compartment or tank is completely covered or completely removed; and
ii) the hazard warning panels are changed to those appropriate for the load being carried at the time, whether that load is a single or a multi-load;
b) has had all its compartments or tanks emptied and cleaned or purged so as to be free from any grouped hazardous substance or its vapour the operator shall ensure that the hazard warning panels are either--
i) completely covered or completely removed; or
ii) partly covered or partly removed so as to leave visible only the telephone number or other approved text required by regulation 5(2)(d).