European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – EU-OSHA

Health risks and prevention practices during handling of fumigated containers in ports
Literature Review

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1 Introduction
2 Methods
3 Relevant legislation and policy documents
4 Health and safety risks related to fumigated containers at port

4.1 Overview of relevant fumigants and potential health effects
4.2 Groups of workers potentially exposed to fumigants
4.3 Health effects among workers at port

5 Present procedures and practices

5.1 Risk communication systems
5.2 Risk assessment
5.3 Procedures and guidelines

5.3.1 ‘Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (TRGS 512) “Fumigations” ’ (BAuA, 2007)
5.3.2 ‘Safe handling of gases in shipping containers’ (Gezond Transport, 2011)

6 Registration of collected data takes place

6.1.1 Example of measurement strategy
6.1.2 Examples of leaflets/information sheets/cards

6.2 Identification of hazardous containers
6.3 Knowledge and awareness
6.4 Monitoring equipment and procedures

Low levels of PH3 were detected by indicator tubes (Kitagawa, Dräger)

6.5 Degasification and ventilation technologies
6.6 Personal protective equipment (PPE)

7 Conclusions and recommendations for policy and practice
8 References
9 Annex 1
9.1 Overview of legislation and regulatory instruments already in place in respect of the regulation and facilitation of safe handling of fumigated containers at the port or end-user in the European Union

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