Storing PPE

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  1. LoneStar26

    LoneStar26 Bobtail Member

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    I'm brand new to trucking and about to start hauling HazMat in a tanker. I have a thousand questions but I'll limit myself to one:

    Where do you store your PPE gear? It seems rather counter-productive to protect yourself, head-to-toe from harmful chemicals, only to end up throwing your gear in a duffle-bag and tossing it under your bunk. There has got to be a better way.
     
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  3. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

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    good question, it has been discussed here before:

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/tr...forum/163024-tankers-the-schneider-way-6.html
     
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  4. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    The important thing is to wash down your safety suit, boots, etc.

    When I was a driver trainer I took my fittings and PPE out of the tractor so I would have my stuff should the 3rd shift dispatcher use my truck to solve his problems...I had stainless fittings that some of our drivers did not have and they would grow legs quickly.

    I used to clean everything at the end of the day and tossed it in the back of my car.

    Those coated PVC gloves will stink on their own in the summertime, no chemicals needed!
     
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  5. Marc Letourneau

    Marc Letourneau Light Load Member

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    Only stuff I carry is a hard hat, Safety glasses, and reflective coat/ shirt. Steel toe boots I wear every day anyway so it doesn't really matter. All this fits between the seats.
     
  6. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

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    i would add, make an attempt not to get splashed/slimed in the first place. ideally not one single drop of product gets on your suit or boots.
     
  7. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    You can't always keep stuff from being splashed, as a driver trainer my PPE kept stuff off me when my trainee made a mess...like dropping the sample or dropping the dipper as I'm standing by the ladder waiting to take the sample.

    It took me a year to get a new pump. I kept complaining until one day the boss asked me why someone had a spill...

    I told him it wouldn't have happened if I had been able to teach him how to use the pump instead of concentrating on draining the hoses! I didn't know his boss was in the john and could hear me.

    I had a brand new pump the next week!

    No matter how neat you are you should still wash down your stuff if you are hauling mostly acids and other corrosives.
     
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  8. ramkatral

    ramkatral Heavy Load Member

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    I haul pretty hardcore hazardous wastes. In fact, my whole company does. I have an entire chemical suit, respirator, vests, hard hats, rubber boots, everything you can think of. If its contaminated, it's needs to be decon'd before storage, preferably replaced. I keep an entire shelf of my sleeper devoted to keeping all me PPE neat, clean, and damage free.

    You said you have a thousand questions. Feel free to PM them to me if you like. I'm extremely knowledgeable in hazmat regulations and have all kinda hints and tips. Not trying to look like a super hero, just offering to let you pick the brain of someone who specializes in a whole variety of haz in vans, tanks, dumps, and roll off frames every single day.
     
  9. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

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    agreed. i recall one time i was unloading nitric acid at fmc in baltimore.
    everything was going along fine,was wearing all my ppe except rubber boots over my leather work boots. well, when i was un-bolting the hose at the trailer end, a few drops went on the toes of my new leather boots. i think there was a little smoke coming off, before i realized and washed it off!...no injury to me, but sure put some ugly little spots on the boots. i was taught, always make sure you have running water at the ready when dealing with corrosives.

    best policy is to wash down ppe after corrosives because you have the water right there anyway, and to prevent and unseen drop burning you.

    in the heat/humidity, sweating in rubber gloves.....yucky-stinky.!


    sometimes gloves stink so much with certain products that they need to be outside of the cab or sidebox. (on the frame or hose tube etc.)
     
  10. ramkatral

    ramkatral Heavy Load Member

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    Get you some of the rubber dipped gloves with the soft insides like gas haulers use. No sticky rubber on your hands.
     
  11. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

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    yep.. good point, my last job was hauling fuel and thats what we had.
    maybe no rubber, but white fuzz for a few days 'til they were broke in a little.

    those rubber/pvc gloves get smelly/slimy if you perspire in them.
     
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