FUMIGATION onboard ships

FUMIGATION onboard ships

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INSECTS AND RODENTS ARE NOT ONLY A NUISANCE ON VESSELS BUT THEY ALSO CAUSE HARM BY SPREADING DISEASE AND INFECTION. THEY MAY CONTAMINATE FOOD AND STORAGE AND PREPARATION AND CAUSE DAMAGE TO CARGOES, RESULTING IN COMMERCIAL LOSSES. RODENTS ARE TO BE CONTROLLED TO PREVENT SPREAD OF DISEASE. FUMIGATION IS USED TO CONTROL INSECTS, PESTS AND RODENTS.

 

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHILE FUMIGATING A SHIP:

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FUMIGATION IN PORT

  1. THE FUMIGATION, VENTILATION AND DISPERSION OF GAS SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN PORT,
  2. BEFORE FUMIGATION THE HATCHES ARE TO BE CHECKED THAT THEY CAN BE MADE GAS TIGHT, SPECIAL ATTENTION IS TO BE MADE TO BE PAID TO BILGES AND CARGO LINES,
  3. NO ONE IS TO BE ALLOWED ONBOARD UNTIL THE SHIP IS CERTIFIED GAS FREE BY THE FUMIGATOR INCHARGE AND TESTING AND MONITORING IS CARRIED OUT TO ENSURE CONCENTRATION AND TLV IS NOT EXCEEDED,
  4. IF CREW ARE REQUIRED IN OPENING/CLOSING OF HATCHES THEY MUST BE PROVIDED WITH RESPIRATORY PROTECTION AND IF REQUIRED TO LIVE ONBOARD, THEIR ACCOMODATION MUST BE CERTIFIED GAS-FREE BY THE FUMIGATORS.

 

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FUMIGATION IN TRANSIT

  1. THE SHIP SHOULD CARRY GAS DETECTION EQUIPMENTS, 4 SETS OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENTS, A COPY OF MFAG, NECESSARY MEDICINES AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISPOSAL OF RESIDUAL FUMIGANT MATERIAL,
  2. AFTER FUMIGATION A CHECK OF THE ACCOMODATION, ENGINE ROOM AND OTHER WORKING SPACES MUST BE DONE YO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE FREE FROM HARMFUL CONCENTRATIONS OF GAS,
  3. THE SAILING OF THE SHIP IS TO BE DELAYED OR THE FUMIGATOR KEPT ONBOARD FOR A PERIOD TO ALLOW THE GAS TO REACH A HIGH CONCENTRATION INSIDE THE HOLD SO THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DETECT ANY LEAKAGE,
  4. GAS DETECTION EQUIPMENT AND TEST KITS SHOULD BE SUPPLIED WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USAGE,
  5. GAS MONITORING IN APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AT 8 HOUR INTERVALS AND THE READING ENTERED IN THE SHIP’S LOGBOOK,
  6. THE SEALED HOLD SHOULD NEVER BE OPENED AT SEA. ENTRY INTO THE HOLD OF THE SHIP UNDER FUMIGATION SHOULD BE ALLOWED ONLY IN EMERGENCY AND WITH PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENTS,,
  7. ATLEAST 24 HOURS NOTICE TO BE GIVEN TO PORT AUTHORITIES PRIOR ARRIVAL OF A SHIP WITH FUMIGATION-IN-TRANSIT. MONITORING TO BE CARRIED OUT, AND THE READINGS ENTERED IN THE LOG BOOK,
  8. ONLY MECHANICAL DISCHARGE IS PERMITTED IN A FUMIGATED HOLD AND WHEN THE HOLDS ARE COMPLETELY GAS FREE AFTER DISCHARGE, ALL WARNING NOTICES MUST BE REMOVED AND THE FACT ENTERED IN THE LOG BOOK,
  9. REMEMBER PESTICIDES ARE POISONOUS TO HUMANS AND PESTS. SO READ INSTRUCTION PROPERLY AND FOLLOW THEM, ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATING TO SAFETY,
  10. NEVER STOW PESTICIDES IN ACCOMODATION, GALLEY OR FOOD STORES,
  11. NEVER EAT OR SMOKE WHILE USING PESTICIDES,
  12. NEVER RE-USE EMPTY CONTAINERS,
  13. WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING GLOVES, RESPIRATORS, GOGGLES ETC AND DO NOT REMOVE THESE UNDER HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS. IF CLOTHING IS CONTAINED, STOP WORK LEAVE THE AREA, REMOVE CLOTHING, TAKE A SHOWER AND WASH SKIN PROPERLY AND WASH CLOTHING,
  14. WHEN SPRAYING IS CARRIED OUT BY SHORE OPERATORS, THEIR INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED AND NO ONE SHOULD ENTER THE FUMIGATED AREA UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

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