The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) has just publishing its latest technical guidelines document – Safe Entry into a Tank Container.
This document provides guidance for ITCO member companies engaging in activities that require personnel to enter the interior of a tank for purposes such as inspection and maintenance.
Tank entry presents inherent risks which require to be managed by implementing a safe entry process, the document stated.
It added: “Where possible, process changes should be introduced to permit tasks to be carried out without entering the tank - for example, by viewing the interior from the man-way or by the use of CCTV.
“However, when personnel are required to enter a tank, appropriate safety procedures should be in place to minimise the risk. These are provided in these new ITCO Guidelines.”
These guidelines (TG05) complement a number of other Safety Guidelines published by ITCO.
Last month, TG04 Guidance for working on top of a Tank Container was published and is also available on the ITCO website at international-tank-container.org.
Established in 1998, ITCO represents the international tank container industry to the public and to governmental bodies, with the aim of promoting the industry with more than 170 members worldwide
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