The origin of The Hazchem Network, launched by Ali Karim and the late Jim Scanlon, was discussed by Labeline’s Richard Shreeve, in the June/July 2017’s edition of Truck and Track.
According to the article, “most pallet network member companies were not handling Dangerous Goods“. It cites that the main reason for this is because complying with ADR was an additional expense that was difficult to recoup from clients. Unfortunately, this led to some less scrupulous carriers not declaring the nature or full extent of the dangerous goods to their haulier.
Ali and Jim wanted to “…create a safe and efficient pallet network dedicated to shipping hazardous products countrywide…“. They had both seen first hand the cost of dangerous goods transport going wrong – with spills and shutdowns to industries.
They therefore created a hub in Rugby to service the dangerous goods transportation nationwide. This central area enabled them to set aside segregated areas for different hazard classes. They purchased appropriate spill response kit, firefighting equipment and first aid stations.
The Hazchem Network also had software developed so that at any one time, it was known which dangerous products were being carried and by which vehicle.
The Hazchem Network and the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) worked together to devise a resilient emergency response procedure. “Known as the Hazchem Emergency Response Service (HERS), the scheme is recognised by DfT, the Police and Fire Service and draws support from Pen Underwriting and Labeline International.” The HERS emergency number is displayed on placards of members’ vehicles when they are carrying Dangerous Goods.
The Hazchem Network has grown so much in the last 15 years that membership consists of 65 ADR hauliers and over 1500 pallets pass through the hub every night.