DG Guidebook 4

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For Fork Lift Operators and Cargo Handlers

This is Guidebook 4 in the series “Book it right and pack it tight”. It highlights the safety critical rules that should be followed by those who physically handle dangerous goods inside shipping containers. Other books in the series highlight the duties of manufacturers, shippers, agents, managers and others in the transport chain before and after the container is packed.

Often, incidents are caused by packages in shipping containers spilling their contents because people packing the dangerous goods into shipping containers do not understand the potential hazards of the goods they are handling, and do not properly stow and secure the packages for sea transport. Additionally, many people that pack dangerous goods into shipping containers have not been trained in the safe way to load, stack and secure the cargo.

PART A – Operational procedures

1 Activities of fork lift operators and cargo handlers involved in loading
dangerous goods into shipping containers
2 Training
3 Receiving dangerous goods for packing into shipping containers
4 Marking and labelling of packages
5 Importance of UN-approved packaging for dangerous goods
6 Segregation – an outline of the rules
7 Preparations for loading the shipping container
8 Loading the shipping container
9 Drums in shipping containers
10 Loading solid-frame intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)
11 Loading dangerous goods on pallets
12 Securing the cargo in shipping containers
13 Packing limited quantities into shipping containers
14 Adding fumigant-generating solids to shipping containers
15 Placards for dangerous goods shipping containers
16 Packing certificates
17 Importance of recording and placarding all the dangerous goods in
a shipping container

PART B – Reference and classification of dangerous goods

1 What are dangerous goods?
2 International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
3 Classification
4 Classification by hazard class
5 Subsidiary risks (sub-risks)
6 UN Numbering system
7 Proper Shipping Name
8 Packing groups
9 Limited quantities
10 Flashpoint
11 Marine pollutants
12 Emergency schedule numbers (EmS)
13 Empty tank containers
14 Control and emergency temperatures
15 Compatibility group (explosives only)
16 Net explosive content (NEC)
17 Fumigated units (containers shipped under fumigation)
18 Special provisions of the IMDG Code
19 Aerosols: UN 1950
20 Dangerous goods safety advisers
21 Segregation groups
22 Dangerous Goods List display


This comprises three checklists to photocopy and use:
Shipper’s dangerous goods declaration checklist
Consolidator’s dangerous goods training and procedure checklist
Dangerous goods container packer’s checklist


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