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Chapter 3. Key requirements

 This chapter identify those actions and tasks that are key to the safe packing and transport of cargo.

3.1 General

  • Do arrange for a safe working environment.
  • Do use safe handling equipment.

  • Do use appropriate personal protective equipment.

  • Do check that the CTU and any cargo securing equipment are in sound condition.

  • Do not smoke, eat or drink during packing, securing or unpacking.

 3.2 Planning

  • Do select the most suitable CTU type to accommodate the cargo for the intended transport.
  • Do prepare a packing plan when deemed necessary.

  • Do select the securing methods best adapted to the characteristics of the cargo, the mode of transport and the properties of the CTU.

  • Do not exceed the permitted payload limits of the unit or the maximum allowed gross mass according to the CSCfootnote, national road and rail regulations.

 3.3 Packing

  • Do distribute heavy cargo appropriately over the floor area.
  • Do observe all handling instructions and symbols on packages such as "this side up".

  • Do load with the centre of gravity correctly located in the CTU.

  • Do not concentrate heavy cargo on small areas of the floor.

  • Do not load with eccentric load distribution.

  • Do not build up irregular layers of packages if it can be avoided.

  • Do not stow heavy goods on top of light goods.

  • Do not stow goods with tainting odours together with sensitive merchandise.

  • Do not pack wet and damp goods if it can be avoided.

  • Do not use securing or protection equipment which is incompatible with the cargo.

 3.4 Packing of dangerous goods

  • Do check that all packages are properly marked and labelled.
  • Do pack dangerous goods according to applicable dangerous goods regulations.

  • Do pack dangerous goods near the door of the CTU where possible.

  • Do affix required placards, marks and signs on the exterior of the CTU.

  • Do not pack incompatible goods which should be segregated.

  • Do not pack damaged packages.

 3.5 Securing

  • Do fill void spaces when necessary.
  • Do use blocking or lashing or a combination of these methods to prevent the cargo from sliding and tipping in any direction.

  • Do secure the cargo in a way that forces are distributed over an appropriate area of a unit.

  • Do secure each single loaded item independently where necessary.

  • Do use non-slip surface material to refrain packages from sliding where appropriate.

  • Do use hooks or shackles to fasten lashings where applicable.

  • Do not secure the cargo with devices overstressing the structure of the CTU or the cargo.

  • Do not overstress securing devices.

  • Do not over tighten securing devices so that the packaging or goods are damaged.

  • Do not fasten web lashings by means of knots.

 3.6 On completion of packing

  • Do determine the correct gross mass of the CTU.
  • Do affix a seal when required.

  • Do include the CTU number, the correct gross mass and, when required, the seal number in the appropriate documents.

  • Do provide a packing certificate when required.

 3.7 Unpacking

  • Do check that the identification number on the CTU and, when the CTU should be sealed, the seal serial number, are as shown on the transport documentation.
  • Do check the exterior of the CTU for signs of leakage or infestation.

  • Do use proper equipment to cut the seal if affixed.

  • Do ensure the CTU is safe to enter. Be aware that the atmosphere in the CTU may be dangerous ventilate before entering.

  • Do open the CTU with caution as cargo might fall out.

  • Do record every package as it is removed noting any markings and damages.

  • Do remove all securing and protection material for reuse, recycling or disposal.

  • Do clean the interior of the CTU to remove all traces of the cargo, especially loose powders, grains and noxious materials and fumigants, unless otherwise agreed with the CTU operator.

  • Do remove all marks, placards and signs regarding the previous consignment from the exterior of the CTU once it has been cleaned.

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