The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to remind Coast Guard container inspectors and others involved in the inspection or handling of intermodal containers to be aware that there is always a risk of exposure to hazardous materials, whether the containers are marked as containing hazmat or not.
During a recent review of Coast Guard container inspector injuries, there were several instances related to acute exposure to hazardous materials. In all reported instances, exposed inspection personnel immediately backed away from the container to a safe distance and sought medical treatment and professional response to the release.
For more information, please view the entire safety alert.
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