Cold Chon is also involved in the Storage, Distribution and Transportation of Bitumen, which is certified under our ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. Our storage facility is located in Galway Docks. From there various grades of Bitumen are transported all over the country. The whole logistics process is managed by Cold Chon. This is achieved by using our own employees and our own transport fleet. We manage the transfer from ship to shore then from the terminal to production plants and various customer sites. To ensure the highest Quality and Safety Standards we maintain a very large degree of control in the logistics element.
All drivers involved in the transport of Bitumen must have a Vocational Training Certificate (Hazchem). Each driver receives 5 days training and following an exam set by the Health and Safety Authority their Certificate is issued. Refresher training is required every 5 years. As part of Cold Chon's commitment to Health and Safety, additional driver awareness training is carried out annually by the companies appointed Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser Liam O'Shaughnessy. In accordance with Transport of Dangerous Goods legislation all companies involved in the transport of dangerous goods must have an appointed DGSA.
Vehicles involved in bitumen transport must display all relevant marks and labels and also have all the necessary equipment on board. All vehicles are of ADR spec and are tested annually by the Road Safety Authority, each tanker is fitted with all the latest safety devices such as interlocking brakes (which are automatically applied when the tanker is been off loaded), emergency showers and handrails are standard on our tankers.
All Tankers transporting Bitumen must be pressure tested every 3 years, this involves both air and water tests which are carried out at our premises in Oranmore under the supervision of a competent independent assessor who issues a test report. All water used for tests is then recycled into our production plant.