Shore Based Dangerous Goods Handlers To Be Trained For Safety

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Dec 212009
 

From 1 January 2010 Shore-based personnel with a direct influence on the safe carriage of dangerous goods by ships must be trained to do the job, says the International Maritime Organization, in what can only be a welcome decision.

A revised version of the international regulations for the carriage of dangerous goods by sea, the IMDG Code (version 34-08), takes effect. Regulations have been drawn up requiring shore-based personnel directly involved in the planning and preparation of dangerous goods carried by sea to complete safety training. The training requirement has been caused by a number of accidents where contributory causes have included insufficient declaration, packing, labelling, handling and other problems.

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