HAZMAT, shorthand for ‘Hazardous Material’, is a specialised service that assists with the transport and disposal of dangerous, contaminated or poisonous goods. Hazmat services are part of iER’s offering.
What does HAZMAT include?
HAZMATs include such substances as toxic chemicals, fuels, nuclear waste products and biological, chemical as well as radiological agents. HAZMATs may be released as liquids, solids, gases, or a combination or form of all three, including dust, fumes, gas, vapour, mist and smoke, according to Ocean Service.
All membership tiers of the iER application have access to HAZMAT services. IER will dispatch professional, accredited HAZMAT professionals to your location, at the press of your mobile emergency button.
How often would I need this service?
Hopefully, not very often. However, even though it is unlikely that you will need a HAZMAT team dispatched in an emergency, many products containing hazardous chemicals are routinely used and stored in homes and are transported every day on the nation’s highways, railroads, waterways and in pipelines. This is why having a HAZMAT service at your disposal in case of an emergency is beneficial.
HAZMAT spills have caused health problems, injuries and even death in people and animals, and have damaged buildings, homes, property and the environment.
Who can handle HAZMATs?
Hazmat training is generally attended by personnel responsible for preparing and shipping, including supervisors, personnel responsible for classifying hazardous products or raw materials and personnel who pack, handle, store, mark or label hazardous materials.
Truck drivers who handle Hazmat products and management personnel who need a basic awareness of hazardous materials are also given extensive training before being allowed to provide the HAZMAT service.
In some countries, Hazmat training has different levels depending on requirements, says Safeopedia.
iER is South Africa’s only dedicated emergency response and disaster management network backed by an emergency-trained call centre designed to respond to any emergency situation 24 hours a day, every day!