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Document ID (ISN)107561
CIS number 08-142
ISSN - Serial title 1641-9251 - International Maritime Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Baur X., Yu F., Poschadel B., Veldman W., Knol-De Vos T.
Title Health risks by bromomethane and other toxic gases in import cargo ship containers
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.57, No.1/4, p.46-55. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract Containers are increasingly used for the worldwide transport of all kinds of goods. Consistent with national and international regulations on pest controls, a growing proportion of these containers undergoes fumigation. Frequently, the prescribed labelling is missing, leading to accidents and a significant health risk to dock workers, inspectors and custom workers. Furthermore, contact with these toxic fumigants such as bromomethane can also occur among warehouse workers and even among final consumers of the transported goods. The consequences of container fumigation should always be carefully weighed up, and alternatives such as heat treatment or atmospheres with reduced oxygen should be considered whenever possible. Finally, the compliance with international regulations should be strictly controlled and sanctions should be considered if IMO's recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships are not followed.
Descriptors (primary) fumigation; dock work; methyl bromide; toxic gases; risk factors; container handling; ships; sea transport; health hazards; containers
Descriptors (secondary) IMO; penalties; safe working methods; labelling
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany; Netherlands
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Halogenated hydrocarbons
Water transportation