To provide airline operators with guidelines on safe handling and transport of lithium batteries by air, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched a free online guidance document entitled “Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Operators”.
It was December last year when Amanda Hacche left her eight – month old baby, Devon, to a family member for a business trip. When it was time to collect Devon, she noticed his discomfort and seemed like he was suffering sore throat. After consulting with doctor, they insisted that he had bronchitis and Amanda being unsettled and unconvinced by their diagnosis, insisted for an X-ray. Results were shocking as it revealed a lodged lithium-ion battery in the baby’s throat.
When it comes to handling hazardous substances, it’s always safe to know its toxicity using risk – based approaches, compared to hazard based assessment to determine its toxicity rating.
Most people think of LNG or Liquefied Natural Gas as toxic and extremely dangerous to transport from one place to another. But from historical data, it possesses the best safety record when it comes to the shipment and handling of common fuel types. It is basically non – toxic and the safety hazards that it poses are substantially less compared to diesel, gasoline, and other known liquid fuels.
The 37th Amendment of the IMDG or the Inernational Maritime Dangerous Goods Code is now available. It is the international guide that contains the recently revised and authored rules and regulations that define the legal transporting of dangerous goods, whether by cargo or passenger ships.
The dangerous goods report was supposedly for outlining the potential risks posed to businesses and resident from the hazardous chemicals going through their suburb while being transported. However, concerned people criticize the report as being flawed and unrealistic.
December 11 surprised Hazelmere with an unexpected blast.
Seven workers of the Rand Refrigerated Logistics, a leading Australian refrigerated transport company, were rescued and rushed to the hospital after a high pressure pipe containing ammonia accidentally blasts, severely exposing the workers to the dangerous chemical. Fortunately, the workers are currently in a stable condition after they were all given immediate and thorough medication.
The Monash Freeway was closed for a chemical leak cleanup when a truck carrying chemical containers were ruptured and a flammable aviation fuel was left spilling onto the freeway which was under the Heatherton Road overpass of the Endeavour Hills.
A factory in Cootamundra caught a chemical fire last Tuesday night when a small pallet consisting of the chemical zinc chloride was on a small blaze which immediately caused a chemical reaction to emit gas worsening the fire. As a result, the authorities set up a 200-metre exclusion zone wherein six homes around the area were evacuated especially those within the area of Berthong and Wills streets.
Toll North Pty Ltd has now plead guilty to two dangerous goods breaches in the Downing Centre Local Court last week. The freight transport company was fined with a total amount of $9,680.