Undertake pre-load hydrogen road tanker inspection

Business Sectors (Suites): Processing Industries Operations
Developed by: Cogent
Approved on: 30 Mar 2023


This standard identifies the competencies you need to undertake pre-load hydrogen road tanker inspection. Ensuring that the loads are suitable and safe prior to transportation.  

You will be required to demonstrate that you can undertake pre-load hydrogen road tanker inspection; you will inspect the road tanker and equipment, display appropriate making and placarding, meeting organisational and legal requirements.

This could include individuals working in the following industries, Chemical, Petro-Chemicals, Storage and Energy production.

Please Note:

For the purpose of this Standard, a Road Tanker is defined as a specialised transport vehicle designed for the safe and efficient transportation of large quantities of hydrogen, typically in its liquid or compressed gaseous state. These tankers are essential for the distribution of hydrogen to refuelling stations, industries, and other consumers who require hydrogen as an energy source or for various applications.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1. assess and report any health condition likely to affect driving as detailed in the current version of the Highway Code
P2. wear the correct Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet organisational and legal requirements
P3. communicate with all participants in the loading process to ensure that all necessary information is exchanged and acted upon, including loading instructions, destinations and volumes
P4. conduct a visual inspection of the loading area to ensure it is suitable and safe for hydrogen transport
P5. evaluate and confirm the compatibility of the  road tanker and consignment being loaded to ensure safe transport
P6. identify and assess potential hazards related to the compatibility of the road tanker and consignment
P7. inspect the hydrogen  road tanker, safety equipment, and associated equipment, including checking for physical damage, leaks, or other signs of malfunction, in accordance with company policy and legislative requirements
P8. display the correct marking and placarding on the road tanker
P9.  complete pre-load inspection documentation and report any defects in line with organisational and legal requirements 
P10.  take corrective action to address or report issues found in pre-load inspection in line with organisational and legal requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1. organisational and legal security requirements
K2. the importance and purpose of the vehicle’s Safe Loading Pass
K3. the additional items of equipment that need to be carried to meet organisational and legal requirements 
K4. health conditions that may affect driving, as per current Highway Code and organisational regulations
K5. the importance of observing the rules and regulations relevant to working at heights
K6. manual handling techniques 
K7.  how to confirm consignment details and loading instructions 
K8. how to measure and monitor hydrogen's physical and chemical properties during the inspection process.
K9. the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
K10. What pre-load inspections to carry out and how to carry them out 
K11. the company procedures relating to correct communication and reporting of information
K12. the relevant legislation and regulations, industry standards, codes of practice and guidelines regarding the transport of hydrogen
K13. the safety procedures for handling hydrogen and working with hydrogen  road tankers 
K14. the properties and behaviour of hydrogen in different conditions, and its potential hazards and associated risks, including flammability, explosiveness, and chemical reactivity
K15. the process for confirming the compatibility of hydrogen with the  road tanker, including the tanker material and equipment
K16. the different types of hydrogen  site storage tankers and their specifications, including components and systems, pressure and temperature requirements, and inspection requirements
K17. the requirements for safe loading and unloading of hydrogen road tankers, including compatibility between the vehicle and consignment
K18. the different types of requirements of placarding and marking


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2028





Originating Organisation

Cogent Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Process, Plant and Machine Operatives, Transport Drivers and Operatives

SOC Code



Highway Code, risk, COSHH assessment, communicate, legislative requirements