What are precautions for loading and discharging Dangerous Cargo ?

  • Packages inspected for signs of damage, leakage prior to being stowed in the compartment or container.
  • Keep combustible materials away from source of ignition.
  • Stow in places not liable to damage or heating
  • Segregate from substances liable to start or spread fire.
  • Ensure accessibility so that dangerous goods may be removed to safety.
  • Naked lights and smoking prohibited in or near DG areas at all times.
  • Safeguard electrical appliances against short circuit and sparking to avoid risk of ignition.
  • Ensure fire-fighting appliances in constant state of readiness.
  • Protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus should be available if cargo is liable of emitting dangerous fumes.
  • If loading explosives, avoid bunkering, hot work and working of radar and radio.
  • Funnel and ventilators be fitted with “spark arrestor” if loading explosive
  • DG cargo tightly stowed and well secured against movement- chafe.
  • Securing materials used should be compatible with the DG themselves.
  • Securing DG packages which have been wetted by rain, and received in a wet condition with frost or snow adhering, should he effectively dried before loading.
  • If possible, DG should be handled and stowed during daylight hours, if not, adequate lighting must be provided during the operation.
  • Ambient temperatures in relation to the flash point should be taken into account -particularly in hot weather/tropical climates.
  • If spillage occurs it should be carefully dealt with having regards to the dangerous nature of the substances.
  • Loading and discharging of dangerous goods must be supervised by a responsible officer.


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