Can I vape?

Discussion in 'Hazmat Trucking Forum' started by LimpyLegs, May 21, 2023.

  1. LimpyLegs

    LimpyLegs Medium Load Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Somebody is trying to train me on tanker hauling gas. I'm just wondering if vaping is just as illegal as cigarettes? There is no open flame so I'm thinking vaping is not as dangerous. I just don't want to ask this question to the guys safety office. I want to know before I apply.
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  3. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    I read, e-cigs do produce a spark, but is sealed in the switch, and should not be a problem.
  4. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Experienced mx13 execrator

    Sep 16, 2016
    Its a grey are thing. However, most companys will say no save for maybe inside the truck. When i was in the oil field we had one guy with one of those cheap chinese ecigs and near as they could tell from the security footage at the lact. The battery exploded and caused a huge fire with all the hydro carbon gas. There was also another one where the spark ignighted the exhaust fumes while loading and lead to an explosion.

    So keep in mind "not as dangerious" is a very relitive thing when it comes to ignition sources and explosive gas.
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  5. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    CC, TX
    Any heat source, including the heating element in a vape, is a potential source of ignition.
  6. MacLean

    MacLean Road Train Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    If you ignite the gas in the truck driving with a Vape something has gone drastically wrong. And I have yet in all my years in the oilfield seen a positive pressure cab or intrinsically safe electronics.
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  7. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    No worse than any other non 'Intrinsically safe' electronic item like your cell phone, headset, etc. however, the facility may still want to eliminate any possibility, even if the still allow your cell phone, etc.

    One plant making nitro-cellulose [AKA Gun Cotton] for the government confiscated all lighters and matches at the guard shack and you got to pick 'yours' up off a big tray on your way out.

    I'll bet today there are a bunch of vape pens on that tray....

    Mid 80's I atended a fire science class taught by the NJ DEP bureau cheif of emergency response where he grabbed on of the volunteer's pagers and passed it around for everyone to read the label 'intrinsically safe' marking before commenting on his state supplied pager not having similar markings for the same reason his state car was a Chrysler Aries K stationwagon, the american Yugo.

    Any facility with the possibility of an explosive atmosphere probably won't like it.
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  8. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Think about your lungs.
    Vaping is just as bad as smoking cigarettes.
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  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I smoke while hauling hazmat all the time and nobody cares. In your case however, just don’t do it while loading or unloading.
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  10. Trucker Carlton

    Trucker Carlton Light Load Member

    Apr 14, 2021
    I don’t vape because I always think they’ll explode in my mouth plus not a fan of vaping. Some of them smell tooo fruity for me to handle. These are better for me.

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  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014

    Don't spit on the floor in the truck.
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