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Sea-containers are commonly known to have OHS risks due to fumigation. This piece of information is partly misleading, as the latest researches indicate container cargo being the main source of OHS related gases in containers. These gases are emitted into container air and blended with breathing air. In some cases the cargo spillovers and even container construction materials are causing OHS hazards.

The most important method in OHS protection against gas exposure is sufficient ventilation of the container. The ventilation time is the Achilles heel and it depends on the circumstances with several variables like temperature, air humidity, filling level of the container, wind circumstances and gas properties like molecular weight and liquid phase boiling point (e.g with Methylbromide little lower than +4 Celsius degrees). Also gases tend do penetrate into cargo, which causes further risks in logistics chain.

It is important to remove the gas sources for making the air inside container to be breathable and for preventing the container air of returning back to toxic level that existed before the ventilation.

The above mentioned general results were found together with several other phenomena in the researches and in the conversion of the results into pragmatic eLearning courses, flyers and OHS guidelines.

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