Managing risks of hazardous chemical exposure when unpacking shipping containers – Information sheet
Use this information sheet if you, or the workers you manage, unpack shipping containers.
Shipping containers can have hazardous chemical residues in the air and on surfaces.
Airborne hazardous chemicals are a significant risk to workers’ health and safety.
This information sheet includes information on common types of hazardous chemical residues. It also has information about controlling the risks including:
preventing unauthorized access to containers
seeking information from overseas suppliers or importers if containers have been fumigated
checking for warning notices
venting procedures for containers
using personal protective equipment
choosing air testing equipment.