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What should be done in the event of an accident?

If there is an accident and pollutants are spilled 
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In the event of an accident/emergency that may arise during transport, the members of the vehicle crew must take the following actions, where safe and practicable to do so:

  • Apply the braking system, stop the engine and isolate the battery by activating the master switch, where available;
  • Avoid sources of ignition: in particular, do not smoke or switch on any electrical equipment;
  • Inform the emergency services, giving as much information as possible about the accident and the substances involved;
  • Put on the warning vest and place the self-standing warning signs as appropriate;
  • Keep the transport documents readily available for the emergency teams on arrival;
  • Do not touch or walk on the spilled substances and avoid inhalation of fumes, dust and vapours by staying up wind;
  • Where appropriate and safe to do so, use fire extinguishers to put out any initial fire in tyres, brakes or the engine compartment; do not try to tackle fires in load compartments;
  • Where appropriate and safe to do so, use on-board equipment to prevent leakages into the aquatic environment or sewage systems and to contain spills;
  • Move away from the site of the accident, advise others to move away and follow the instructions of the emergency services; remove any contaminated clothing and protection equipment used and dispose of it safely