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Recommendation for personal protection and gas detection equipment based on the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) code

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Gloves/Boots Eye Protection Protective Clothing (SOLAS) Masks and Filters SCBA and EEBD (MED / SOLAS) Gas Detectors (MED)

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Rutile Sand
Description
Fine particled brown to black sand. Abrasive. Shipped dry. May be dusty.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Rasorite (anhydrous)
Description
A granular, yellow-white crystalline material with little or no dust. Abrasive. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Radioactive Material Surface Contaminated Objects (SCO-1), non-fissile or fissile-excepted
Description
The radioactivity of SCO-1 is low. This schedule includes solid objects of non-radioactive material having a radioactive material distributed on its surfaces which:
1. the non-fixed contamination on the accessible surface, averaged over 300 cm2 (or the area of the surface if less than 300 cm2), does not exceed 4 Bq/cm2 for beta and gamma emitters and low-toxicity alpha emitter, or 0.4 Bq/cm2 for all other alpha emitters;
2. the fixed contamination on the accessible surface, averaged over 300 cm2 (or the area of the surface if less than 300 cm2), does not exceed 4 x 104 Bq/cm2 for beta and gamma emitters and low-toxicity alpha emitters, or 4 x 103 Bq/cm2 for all other alpha emitters; and
3. the non-fixed contamination plus the fixed contamination on the inaccessible
surface, averaged over 300 cm2 (or the area of the surface if less than 300cm2), does not exceed 4 x 104 Bq/cm2 for beta and gamma emitters and low-toxicity alpha emitters, or 4 x 103 Bq/cm2 for all other alpha emitters.
Hazard
Low radioactivity.
Precautions
Personnel shall not be exposed to dust of this cargo. Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles and facemasks.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear).
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Radioactive Material, Low Specific Activity (LSA-1) non-fissile or fissile-excepted, UN2912
Description
This schedule includes ores containing naturally occurring radionuclides (e.g., uranium, thorium) and natural or depleted uranium and thorium concentrates of such ores, including metals, mixtures and compounds.
Hazard
Low radiotoxicity. Some materials may possess chemical hazards.
Precautions
Personnel shall not be unnecessarily exposed to dust of this cargo. Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and facemasks.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear).
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Quartzite
Description
Quartzite is a compact, granular, metamorphosed sandstone containing quartz. It is white, red, brown or grey in colour and its size varies from large rocks to pebbles. It may also be shipped in semi-crushed and graded sizes.
Hazard
Dust of this cargo is very abrasive.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Pyrophyllite
Description
A natural hydrous aluminum silicate. Chalk-white. May be dusty.
Lumps: 75%, Rubble: 20%, Fines: 5%.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Pyrites, calcined
Description
Dust to fines, Calcined Pyrites is the residual product from the chemical industry where all types of metal sulphides are either used for the production of sulphuric acid or are processed to recover the elemental metals – copper, lead, zinc, etc. The acidity of the residue can be considerable, in particular, in the presence of water or moist air, where pH values between 1.3 and 2.1 are frequently noted.
Hazard
Highly corrosive to steel when wet. Inhalation of dust is irritating and harmful. Cargo may liquify.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Pyrite (containing copper and iron)
Description
Iron disulphide, containing copper and iron. Moisture 0% to 7%. Extremely dusty.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Potassium Nitrate
Description
Transparent, colourless or white crystalline powder or crystals. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
Oxidizes when wet. Mixtures with combustible materials are readily ignited and may burn fiercely. This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear).
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Potassium Chloride
Description
Brown, pink or white in colour, powder. Potassium Chloride is produced in granular crystals. It is odourless and is soluble in water. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Potash
Description
Brown, pink or white in colour, potash is produced in granular crystals. It is odourless and hygroscopic.
Hazard
This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Precautions
No special requirements.
Pitch Prill
Description
Pitch Prill is made from tar produced during the coking of coal. It is black with a distinctive odour. It is extruded into its characteristic pencil shape to make handling easier. Cargo softens between 40ºC to 50ºC. Melting point: 105ºC to 107ºC.
Hazard
Melts when heated. Combustible, burns with a dense black smoke. Dust may cause skin and eye irritation. Normally this cargo has a low fire-risk. However powder of the cargo is easy to ignite and may cause fire and explosion. Special care should be taken for preventing fire during loading or discharging.
Precautions
General precautions:
1. Personnel engaged in loading shall be supplied with gloves, dust masks, approved protective clothing and goggles.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear).
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Phosphate Rock (uncalcined)
Description
Phosphate rock is an ore in which phosphorus and oxygen are chemically united. Depending on the source, it is tan to dark grey, dry and dusty. Moisture: 0% to 2%. Depending on its source this cargo may have flow characteristic, but once settled it is not liable to shift.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Phosphate Rock (calcined)
Description
Usually in the form of fine ground rock or prills. Extremely dusty. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Phosphate (defluorinated)
Description
Granular, similar to fine sand. Shipped dry. Dark grey. No moisture content.
Hazard
No special hazard. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire risk.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Petroleum Coke (calcined or uncalcined)
Description
Black, finely divided residue from petroleum refining in the form of powder and small pieces. The provisions of this schedule should not apply to materials having a temperature below 55°C when loaded.
Hazard
Uncalcined petroleum coke is liable to heat and ignite spontaneously when not loaded and transported under the provisions of this entry.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear). Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Perlite Rock
Description
Clay-like and dusty. Light grey. Odourless. Moisture: 0.5% to 1%.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Peat Moss
Description
Surface mined from mires, bogs, fens, muskeg and swamps. Types include moss peat, sedge peat and grass peat. Physical properties depend on organic matter, water and air content, botanical decomposition and degree of decomposition. May range from a highly fibrous cohesive mass of plant remains which when squeezed in its natural state exudes clear to slightly coloured water, to a well decomposed, largely amorphous material with little or no separation of liquid from solids when squeezed. Typically air-dried peat has low density, high compressibility and high water content; in its natural state it can hold 90 percent or more of water by weight of water when saturated.
Hazard
Oxygen depletion and an increase in carbon dioxide in cargo and adjacent spaces. Risk of dust explosion when loading. Caution should be exercised when walking or landing heavy machinery on the surface of uncompressed Peat Moss. Peat Moss having a moisture content of more than 80% by weight should only be carried on specially fitted or constructed ships (see paragraphs 7.2.2 to 7.2.4 of this Code). Dust may cause eye, nose and respiratory irritation.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary. All personnel of the ship carrying this cargo and all personnel involved in handling of this cargo shall be cautioned that washing hands before eating or smoking and prompt treatment of cuts and scrapes are necessary in case of contact with this cargo or its dust. Entry of personnel into cargo spaces shall not be permitted until tests have been carried out and it has been established that the oxygen content has been restored to a normal level.
Peanuts (in shell)
Description
An edible, tan coloured nut. Variable moisture content. Extremely dusty.
Hazard
May heat spontaneously.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Monoammonium Phosphate (M.A.P.)
Description
MAP is odourless and comes in the form of brownish-grey granules. It can be very dusty. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
Bulk MAP has a pH of 4.5 and in the presence of moisture content can be highly corrosive. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire-risk. This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Metal Sulphide Concentrates
Description
Mineral concentrates are refined ores in which the valuable components have been enriched by eliminating the bulk of waste materials. Generally the particle size is small although agglomerates sometimes exist in concentrates which have not been freshly produced. The most common concentrates in this category are: zinc concentrates, lead concentrates, copper concentrates and low grade middling concentrates.
Hazard
Some sulphide concentrates are liable to oxidation and may have a tendency to self-heat, with associated oxygen depletion and emission of toxic fumes. Some materials may present corrosion problems. When a Metal Sulphide Concentrate is considered as presenting a low fire-risk, the carriage of such cargo on a ship not fitted with a fixed gas fire extinguishing system should be subject to the Administration's authorization as provided by SOLAS regulation II-2/10.7.1.4.
Precautions
Entry into the cargo space for this cargo shall not be permitted until the cargo space has been ventilated and the atmosphere tested for concentration of oxygen. Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary. --- For quantitative measurements of oxygen and toxic fumes liable to be evolved by the cargo, suitable detectors for each gas and fume or combination of these shall be on board while this cargo is carried. The detectors shall be suitable for use in an atmosphere without oxygen. The concentrations of these gases in the cargo spaces carrying this cargo shall be measured regularly, during voyage, and the results of the measurements shall be recorded and kept on board.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Marble Chips
Description
Dry, dusty, white to grey lumps, particles and powder mixed with a small amount of gravel and pebbles.
Hazard
No special hazard. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire risk.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Manganese Ore
Description
Manganese ore is black to brownish black in colour. It is a very heavy cargo. Moisture content: up to 15%.
Hazard
No special hazard. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire risk.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Magnesium Nitrate, UN 1474
Description
White crystals, soluble in water. Hygroscopic.
Hazard
Although non-combustible by itself, mixtures with combustible material are easily ignited and may burn fiercely. This cargo is hygroscopic and will cake if wet.
Precautions
No special requirements.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear). Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Magnesia (unslaked)
Hazard
Combines with water to form magnesium hydroxide with an expansion in volume and a release of heat. May ignite materials with low ignition temperatures. Similar to LIME (UNSLAKED) but is less reactive. Corrosive to eyes and mucous membranes.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Linted Cotton Seed, with not more than 9% moisture and not more than 20.5% oil
Description
Cottonseed with short cotton fibres adhering to the kernel after approximately 90%-98% of the cotton has been removed by machine.
Hazard
May self-heat and deplete oxygen in cargo space.
Precautions
Entry into the cargo space for this cargo shall not be permitted until the cargo space has been ventilated and the atmosphere tested for concentration of oxygen.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Lime (unslaked)
Description
White or greyish-white in colour.
Hazard
Unslaked lime combines with water to form calcium hydroxide (hydrated lime) or magnesium hydroxide. This reaction develops a great deal of heat which may be sufficient to cause ignition of nearby combustible materials. This is not combustible or has a low fire-risk corrosive to eyes and mucous membranes.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Lead Ore
Description
Heavy soft grey solid material.
Hazard
Toxic, with acids evolves highly toxic vapour.
Lead Nitrate, UN 1469
Description
White crystals. Soluble in water. Derived from the action of nitrate acid on lead.
Hazard
Toxic if swallowed or dust inhaled. Not combustible by itself, but mixtures with combustible materials, are easily ignited and burn fiercely.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks. Those persons shall wear protective clothing, as necessary.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, coveralls, headgear). Self-contained breathing apparatus.
Labradorite
Description
A lime-soda rock form of felspar. May give off dust.
Hazard
No special hazard. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire risk.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Ironstone
Description
Ore. Moisture: 1% to 2%.
Hazard
No special hazard. This cargo is non-combustible or has a low fire risk.
Precautions
Persons who may be exposed to the dust of the cargo shall wear protective clothing, goggles or other equivalent dust eye-protection and dust filter masks, as necessary.
Iron Oxide, Spent or Iron Sponge, Spent obtained from coal gas purification, UN 1376
Description
Powdery material, black, brown, red or yellow. Strong odour may taint other cargo.
Hazard
Liable to heat and ignite spontaneously, especially if contaminated with oil or moisture. Toxic gases: hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide, and hydrogen cyanide may be produced. Dust may cause an explosion hazard. Liable to reduce the oxygen in the cargo space.
Precautions
For quantitative measurements of oxygen and hydrogen cyanide, suitable detectors for each gas or combination of gases shall be on board while this cargo is carried. The detectors shall be suitable for use in an atmosphere without oxygen and of certified safe type for use in explosive atmosphere. The concentrations of these gases in the cargo spaces carrying this cargo shall be measured regularly, during voyage, and the results of the measurements shall be recorded and kept on board.
Emergency Procedures Special Emergency Equiment to be carried
Protective clothing (gloves, boots, coveralls, headgear). Self-contained breathing apparatus.

MED Approval for gas detetion devices
MED Approval required certificats of EMC, newest ATEX standard and measuring performance certificates: for Ex Sensor, Oxygen Sensor and Software

  • Dräger X-am 2000 (pending)
  • Dräger X-am 5000
  • Dräger X-am 5600
  • Dräger X am 7000
  • Dräger Pac 7000

MED Approval

  • Dräger accuro

SOLAS and MED approval for Self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) BA Sets

  • PAS Lite
  • PSS 3000
  • PSS 5000
  • PSS 7000

SOLAS and MED Approval for Escape equipment

  • Saver CF (10/15)
  • Saver PP (10/15)
  • Oxy K 30 H / HS / HW

SOLAS Approval for CPS

  • WorkMaster Pro-ET
  • WorkMaster Umex
  • WorkMaster Industry
  • TeamMaster Pro-ET
  • TeamMaster Umex
  • Dräger SPC 3800
  • Dräger CPS 5800
  • Dräger CPS 5900
  • Dräger CPS 7900

The Dräger IMSBC Code database provides information about personal protective equipment needed during stowage and shipment of bulk cargoes. In accordance with the  International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) code, the Dräger IMSBC Code provides information on the dangers associated with the shipment of certain types of solid bulk cargoes and provides an overview of the PPE required.

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