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Chemical Hazards On Board The Ship


Ships that carry chemicals are in danger of causing chemical spills that harm other people and the environment.  Flammable chemicals may cause ship fires if exposed to excess heat, open flame, or electric sparks, which can injure or kill workers on board.

Below are some regulated hazardous chemicals commonly used or transported in shipping:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Spray finishing chemicals
  • Hazardous waste
  • Welding chemicals
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Carcinogens

Many seafarers know that hazardous chemicals on board the ship are a regular cause of casualties and deaths.  Thus it is imperative to effectively manage chemical risks.  Safety training is of utmost importance when you handle chemical regularly.

There have been many instances where chemical and biologically active cargoes are not suitably recorded.  This contravenes the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, causing seafarers to be exposed to the hazardous chemicals through lack of safety information.

What are some of the safety practices you have regarding management of hazardous chemicals on board the ship?  Do share with us by commenting below.