Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials

Pilot Vehicle Operation
June 2, 2017
Principles of Health & Safety Management
June 6, 2017

Job Description

This guideline describes the safe handling of bulk Hazardous materials, such as lime, liquid Anti-Strip and liquid AC oils and emulsions.

Hazard Identification

Personal Injury

  • Crushing, exposure, inhalation, burns, chemical burns, eye, muscle pull/strain, pinch points, slip, trip and fall.


  • Equipment accidents/incidents, struck-by.


  • Visibility, weather, fire, explosion, flying debris, noise, dust and fumes.


  1. Pre-Job Planning
    1.1 Ensure that workers are properly trained and competently supervised.
    1.2 Identify any special hazards and controls.
    1.3 Ensure current Workplace Hazardous Material Identification Sheet (WHMIS) are available for all products.
    1.4 Ensure that you have sufficient resources (Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), equipment and materials) to carry out the task safely.
    1.5 Review emergency plan.
    1.6 Ensure all Traffic Accommodation, Work Zone Traffic Control Plans and Emergency Plans are on site.
    1.7 Ensure that Emergency Numbers and Procedures are posted for the Carriers that are working alone.

  2. Toolbox Meeting
    2.1 A pre-project toolbox meeting and documentation is required to ensure that workers understand work assignments, Traffic Control Plans, Traffic Accommodation Plans and hazards.
    2.2 Discuss safety concerns (e.g. corrosive, chemical and explosion.)
    2.3 Advise that if there is any suspected exposure to hazardous materials the workers must seek medical attention immediately.
    2.4 Ensure all appropriate staff has Emergency contact information available in their mobile units.
    2.5 Additional toolbox meetings and documentation will be necessary when hazards, conditions or activities change.

  3. Equipment Check
    3.1 Complete circle check and documentation.
    3.2 Each operator conducts a circle check on equipment being operated and to the surrounding area where product is going to be loaded or unloaded to detect equipment deficiencies and ensure that safety related defects and other necessary repairs or deficiencies are corrected prior to utilizing the unit.
    3.3 Ensure safety devices are in good working order.
    3.4 When repairs or maintenance are performed on site, you must require that the operator’s controls are made inoperable so that the equipment cannot be moved by another worker while repairs are being made. (i.e. Lock out / Tag out system).

  4. Loading /Unloading of Bulk Dry (lime) and Liquid (Anti-strip, liquid AC oils) Materials
    4.1 Make sure that the proper PPE is being worn and used.
    4.2 Identify the product that is to be loaded or unloaded so as not to contaminate any other products or create a hazardous situation.
    4.3 Check condition of hoses and tanks.
    4.4 Connect holding tank to the truck with transfer hose.
    4.5 Use three point contact method if climbing onto tanks.
    4.6 Open appropriate valve(s) turn on pump and fill tank.
    4.7 Watch for any leaks in the hoses or connections.
    4.8 Make sure not to over fill tank and cause a spill.
    4.9 Make sure path is clear (no tripping hazards) and that all electrical connections and wires are in good shape.
    4.10 Turn off pump and close valve(s) when process is complete use care and caution when removing hoses.

  5. Loading /Unloading of Packaged Materials
    5.1 Make sure that the proper PPE is being worn and used.
    5.2 Use proper lifting techniques if not using a forklift or other mechanical device.
    5.3 When stacking materials, ensure they are secure and stable so they don’t become a hazard.
    5.4 Stack or pile the old boxes out of the way, and ensure they get disposed of properly.

  6. Loading /Unloading of Liquid Materials from Barrels
    6.1 Make sure that the proper PPE is being worn and used.
    6.2 Open bung on barrel with a wrench.
    6.3 Place hose (pipe) into the barrel, turn on pump and open valve.
    6.4 When barrel is empty shut valve and turn off pump. Use care and caution when removing hose from barrel.
    6.5 Move barrels out the work area and dispose of them properly.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • As required by Contractor Safety Policy. Such as: Gloves, Safety Glasses (CSA) (face shield), Respiratory Protection, and Hearing Protection.

Tools / Equipment

  • As required by Contractor Safety Policy.

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