What are requirements for carrying extra medicine for Dangerous Cargo ?

  • An extra medicine chest shall be on board all container vessels carrying dangerous goods. This medicine chest is in addition to the main medicine chest and the contents should under no circumstances be mixed with the main medicine chest.
  • The composition of the medicine chest is based on the recommendation included in IMO’s Medical First Aid Guide and an evaluation of required medicament based on the dangerous goods carried in the container vessels.

You may also know :

  • In most instances the IMO Emergency Schedule indicates what equipment should be used in case of an emergency and the EmS and MFAG should always be consulted in case of an emergency.
  • Normally, dangerous goods in packaged form can be handled without the use of special protective equipment since the packaging is designed to contain the goods without spillage or leakage during transport. However, if the packaging has been damaged the contents may have leaked.
  • Under these circumstances the crew involved in handling the spillage may have to deal with toxic, corrosive or flammable solids, liquids or vapours. Such vapours may arise from a spilt substance or as a by-product of the reaction between spilt substances themselves and other materials. Eye protection should always be worn, and whenever hazardous dust is likely to be encountered, respiratory protection should also be used. Where a substance offers a significant toxic hazard when spilt, the general guidance is for the wearing of “protective clothing” and “self-contained breathing apparatus”.


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