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Chemicals (Labelling Of Vehicles)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation requiring the display, on lorries conveying chemicals, of a notice specifying the nature of the products involved.

Existing regulations already require vehicles carrying corrosive substances, inflammable liquids, organic peroxides and radioactive substances to be labelled according to the type of hazard involved.A voluntary scheme for the marking of tank vehicles conveying dangerous substances has been in operation by industry since 1975. The scheme indicates to the emergency services coded information which includes the nature of the product and the initial remedial action to be taken in the event of an emergency. The Health and Safety Executive has prepared proposals for making this scheme statutory. I am informed by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the consultative document will be available shortly.