North P&I Club has launched a new series of bite-sized training packs to help seafarers and others avoid the contributing factors to workplace casualties, as well as unplanned events that had the potential to result in injury, illness, or damage. The first training pack focuses on the Can Test, the IMSBC test for bulk cargoes, to address suspected bulk cargo liquefaction, which has claimed the lives of an estimated 112 seafarers since 2007.
The Can Test provides ships’ crews with an indication of whether the cargo being loaded is potentially unsafe to carry. The Club’s delivery guide actually provides the background, instructions and content to support senior officers and superintendents delivering can testtraining to ship’s officers and crew.
“The training pack includes a short video, (see below), a delivery guide aimed at the person leading the training, and a workbook for those being trained. On completion the crew should know how to carry out the test, how to interpret the results and what to do if they suspect a failed test. The training should take no more than 20-30 minutes to deliver,” commented Simon MacLeod, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club.
Some tips and advice.
– Present with passion: Be enthusiastic and supportive of the content, let the participants know you are there to help and support them.
– Make eye contact with every participant and smile, it’s OK to have fun while you learn!
– Respect the participants’ experiences and encourage them to draw on them, use the knowledge in the room.
– Treat all contributions from participants as confidential and let them know this is a safe place to learn from their mistakes.
Choosing your can
Familiarise yourself with the answers in the diagram above and ask your participants how they categorised each container, suitable or unsuitable, and why. Emphasise the IMSBC Code criteria rigid, cylindrical, and between 0.5 – 1 L capacity.
Read the bulk cargo liquefaction training delivery guide: North-Club-Bulk-Cargo-Liquefaction-The-Can-Test-Delivery-Guide