ICHCA and Partners Issue Comprehensive Safety Guidance Issued for Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling Facilities
The tragic incidents in Tianjin and Beirut have marked a decade of increased concern over the safety of dangerous goods stored in ports, terminals and other warehousing facilities. ICHCA and three other industry groups have collaborated to address the issue and produce best practice guidelines in the form of a White Paper and Warehouse Checklist.
In the face of increased volumes of dangerous goods transported in sea containers, and the occurrence of major incidents as well as lesser accidents, there is a clear need for guidance on safe storage and handling of dangerous goods in warehouses, including port and terminal facilities. Building on our combined expertise and experience, ICHCA International alongside our colleagues in the International Vessel Owners Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA), National Cargo Bureau (NCB) and World Shipping Council (WSC) have responded to this critical requirement by developing a Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper.
“A pivotal element of our guidance is a Warehouse Checklist. Given our aim to provide a practical management tool, we believe the Checklist format is a significant addition to the other elements of the White Paper. Broken down into eight key functional areas of operation, this comprehensive 14-page Checklist is designed as both a planning guideline and a review tool, as well as an everyday device for maintaining safety management vigilance.”
– Richard Steele, CEO ICHCA International
The Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper, and its accompanying Checklist, detail the risks involved in storing and handling dangerous goods and, importantly the measures to be taken in containing them. Topics covered include: competency and training of workforces; property construction; fire protection; security equipment and protocols and emergency response procedures. It is intended as a practical guide to systematic and documentable processes for those managing and operating storage facilities to ensure on-going safety but also that incidents are containable if they arise.
At the time of publication, the Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper has already been endorsed by influential industry stakeholders including Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), Bureau International des Containers (BIC), Container Owners Association (COA), Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), Danish Shipping, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I) and Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Ltd (TT Club).
For the Warehousing White Paper and Warehousing White Paper Checklist click here: https://ichca.com/warehousing-safety-guidance