About 90% of world trade is done by sea. Sea ports are the nodes linking sea and land. The majority of goods are containerized. In ports, container terminals load and unload containers carrying (among others) dangerous goods. These shipments pose certain threats. As such, the release of packed or containerized dangerous goods during transport can have serious consequences. It can negatively affect human beings, animals, materials, and the environment when not treated correctly. (Inter)national law, rules and regulations, working procedures, protective measures and equipment are in place to minimize the risk of handling of dangerous goods incorrectly. Regulations prevent uncontrolled handling dangerous goods, but it’s the human factor that makes a difference.
Dangerous goods are classified according to their (potential) immediate chemical effects. The chemical effects are shown in a classification system. The dangerous goods are packed and labeled in such a way that the potential chemical effects can be recognised instantly.
Before starting to work with dangerous goods, ask yourself some questions. What precautions should I take before opening a container? Is the container filled with gas? Do I recognise the labels on the container? How do I handle the dangerous goods inside? What can be the effects of placing certain types of dangerous goods close to another?
Handling dangerous goods is all about safety. Sometimes the risks are invisible and the health effects of handling the goods incorrectly can be devastating.
The course consists of the following modules:
- Introduction to Dangerous Goods
- Legislation on the transport of dangerous goods
- Classification of dangerous goods
- Transport tanks
- Marking and labeling of containers
- Documents Accompanying the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Sea
- Safety and Security
- Separation and segregation
- Inland Shipping
- PGS 15 (storage of dangerous goods)
The course is designed for operational staff and team leaders/supervisors working on container terminals. For example:
- Ship to shore crane driver
- Rubber tyre gantry crane driver
- Shuttle carrier driver
- Team leader/Supervisor
The course is suitable for operational and middle management staff.
The online course is available in the English language.