How do I get certified as a hazardous materials tank filling and emptying equipment operator?

UNO equipment is a filling unit that is used to pour hazardous substances, including fuels. They are also used to unload them.

equipment for filling and emptying tanks

In order to work on UNO equipment, it is necessary to obtain the appropriate authorisations. The UNO course of the Transport Technical Supervision must be taken. During the courses, participants are taught about safety procedures, types and hazards that can be caused by loads according to the ADR convention. The trainee will also learn about the responsibilities of the position of equipment operator. A person who wants to fill or empty tanks in the future must at least

  • Gain competence as evidenced by the attainment of a pourer operator's licence
  • Have knowledge of the equipment that is used on the work site as well as knowledge of its technical parameters.
  • Knowledge of technical and operational documentation
  • Be able to prepare a safe place to work
  • Know the principles of first aid
  • Know what to do in case of emergencies, fires or other accidents
  • Continuously monitor measurement and control indicators

Various types of nozzles and tanks are used in UNO operations. It is therefore important for the operator to familiarise himself with the documentation of the equipment and its technical parameters before starting operations.

All necessary skills and knowledge are acquired by the future operator during the filling machine training course. The certificate of entitlement obtained after the course completed with an exam is issued in perpetuity. However, the operator should remember to keep his knowledge up-to-date at all times. On the job site, it is very important to take care of safety on the job. It is important to remember all the procedures to follow when working with hazardous materials such as fuels. From the outset, the term "hazardous materials" was mentioned more than once, what they actually are and what we include in them.

Dangerous goods and their classification

UNO course

Dangerous goods are materials and articles the carriage of which is prohibited or authorised only under the conditions laid down in the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods ADR.

The agreement was signed in 1957, Poland joined in 1975. The regulations are amended every two years. Dangerous goods may be transported in consignments, in bulk or in tanks. They may be in solid, liquid or gaseous form. Dangerous goods include

  • petrol
  • certain solvents
  • paints
  • acids
  • certain liquids and gases which, because of their form, can only be transported in consignment units or tankers
  • lighters
  • batteries
  • fireworks

Radioactive waste is classified as a specific hazardous material. They are subject to special transport considerations.

According to the ADR, dangerous goods are subdivided by the type of hazard they pose. They constitute 13 classes.

Forms of technical supervision and testing periods

The forms of technical supervision and the deadlines for testing are laid down in the Regulation of the Minister of Transport of 20 September 2006 on the technical supervision conditions to be met by equipment for filling and emptying transport tanks.

Conditions for obtaining an occupancy permit

Tank filling and emptying equipment operator An appliance for which a form of full or limited technical supervision has been established requires the operator to obtain a decision which will permit its operation. This is issued by the technical supervision authority. The first decision to allow operation is preceded by the Transport Technical Supervision inspector carrying out activities such as, among others:

  • Completeness check of documents
  • Checking the condition and labelling of the equipment
  • Conducting an acceptance test

Preparation for testing

The operator shall prepare the equipment for the tests to the extent necessary for them to be carried out in a manner which is safe for those carrying out the tests. He shall also ensure that they are maintained.

When preparing equipment for testing, it is important to take into account the requirements that are contained in the instructions for use.

UNO course

The UNO training course at our company enables participants to obtain the necessary authorisations to operate equipment for filling and emptying transport tanks with hazardous materials. During the course, participants prepare for an examination to obtain their TDT licence. This is necessary for employees in positions that involve filling and emptying tanks, such as tank trucks.

In order to join the course offered by our company, several requirements must be met:
  • Be of legal age - at least 18 years old
  • Have a minimum of vocational training or be certified as a skilled worker
  • Apply for the examination

Our course covers practical and theoretical knowledge. It concludes with an examination before a qualifying board of the Transport Technical Supervision. After passing this examination, the course participant is awarded an unlimited certificate.

Training provided:

  • Gases - ADR/RID Class 2
  • Flammable liquids - ADR/RID Class 3
  • other ADR/RID classes
  • pressure-safe materials

Purpose of the training

Our course aims to qualify participants to operate equipment for filling and emptying tanks and transport containers. In addition, participants learn about the basic theoretical, practical and technical aspects of safe equipment operation and prepare for the qualification examination, which takes place before a TDT board.

We invite you to take a detailed look at what our company has to offer.

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