A “White Paper on the Storage of Dangerous Goods” has been drawn up in response to the increase in the volumes of dangerous goods transported in sea containers and the occurrence of major incidents as well as a plethora of minor accidents .
The authors of the white paper are the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), the International Vessel Owners Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA), the National Cargo Bureau (NCB) and the World Shipping Council (WSC).
Presenting the white paper, Uffe V Ernst-Frederiksen and Ken Rohlmann, both of IVODGA, point out: “Temporary or long-term storage of dangerous goods in a facility requires careful planning, supervision and ongoing due diligence. While the major disasters in Beirut and Tianjin have been widely reported, there are many other incidents around the world that do not receive the same attention, but have the potential to escalate. There are international, national and local regulations for dangerous goods in transit for various modes of transport, but there is no direct equivalent for warehouses.
The Dangerous Goods Storage White Paper and accompanying checklist detail the risks associated with the storage and handling of dangerous goods and, most importantly, the measures to be taken to contain them. Topics covered include: workforce skills and training; building construction; fire protection; emergency response equipment and protocols and procedures. It is intended as a practical guide to systematic and documentable processes for those who manage and operate storage facilities to ensure ongoing security, but also that incidents can be brought under control if they occur and when they do occur.
“A central part of our advice is a warehouse checklist,” says Richard Steele of ICHCA. “Given our goal of providing a practical management tool, we believe the checklist format is an important addition to the other elements of the white paper. Broken down into eight key functional areas of operation, this comprehensive 14-page checklist is designed as both a planning guideline and a review tool, as well as a daily device to maintain management vigilance. security.
The Dangerous Goods Warehousing white paper has been endorsed by influential industry stakeholders including the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), Bureau International des Containers (BIC), Association of Container Owners ( COA), Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), Denmark Shipping, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP & I) and Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Ltd (TT Club). “We have shared our work with the relevant maritime regulators and the International Maritime Organization (IMO),” says Steele, “And we welcome any opportunity to work with them to develop and refine warehousing security instruments, codes and appropriate circulars. “- TradeArabia News Service