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What hazards should you be aware of on oil tankers?

You encounter many hazards on oil tankers in Alaska. While you may think that your cargo presents the primary danger to your safety, other aspects of your job can be hazardous, and it is important to understand the types of situations that might jeopardize your safety if you are not careful.

Sometimes your tools can be a hazard on an oil tanker. Marine Insight says that metal tools may sometimes create sparks when they touch other metal surfaces. Other tools may contain ferrous metals and these have the ability to create sparks. These sparks can be dangerous because they have the potential to start a fire. Although you may need different kinds of power tools to do your job, it is important to ensure that all of the tools you use meet your ship's safety standards.

Because your cargo is typically flammable, it is important to make sure a fire does not break out on board. You usually should make sure you smoke only in designated areas. Some oil tankers generally use inert gases to avert fires. Some inert gases can be hazardous to your health, though, especially if they contain high levels of carbon dioxide.

Sometimes some dangerous substances may be present in your cargo even when people take steps to remove them. You may find that some salts, such as sodium chloride or calcium chloride, are still contained in crude oil. When these are not entirely removed, they can create gases that are destructive to human tissue.

This information is general in nature. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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