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Control measure

Transportation of polluting materials

Control measure knowledge

There are strict controls on transporting hazardous waste. Fire and rescue services do have dispensation in exceptional, life-saving circumstances. For more information refer to:

If emergency transportation of hazardous waste is required, the relevant environmental agency should be informed as soon as possible. The environmental agency should also be involved in the decision made by the fire and rescue service to transport it.

Fire and rescue services are allowed to transport and store small quantities of non-hazardous waste from incidents; an appropriate option may be to register as a lower tier waste carrier. This activity should be supported by service procedures, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves or chemical protection suits. For more information refer to Foundation for environmental protection – The movement and storage of non-hazardous waste.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Be aware of their legal responsibilities and possible defences for the transportation of hazardous waste

  • Provide PPE suitable for dealing with the transportation and storage of small quantities of non-hazardous waste

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Act within the legal exemptions if it is necessary to transport hazardous waste

  • Consult with the relevant environmental agency if emergency transportation of hazardous waste is required

  • Follow service procedures and use appropriate PPE for the transportation or storage of small quantities of non-hazardous waste