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Harmful substances in transported goods, or chemicals used to fumigate containers can make workers inspecting or unpacking those containers sick. Care must be taken when workers inspect or unpack containers that may have been fumigated or may contain harmful substances.
We have produced guidance for those who inspect or unpack containers.
Keeping safe from harmful substances while inspecting or unpacking containers
This quick guide gives advice for checking paperwork for containers, identifying containers that may contain harmful substances and methods of ventilation.
Ministry of Transport – Transporting Dangerous Goods Safely (an industry guide)(external link) (PDF)
Ministry of Transport – Maritime Rules – Part 24A: Carriage of Cargoes – Dangerous Goods(external link) (PDF)