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Gefahrguttransporte mit biologischen Agenzien

Road transport of hazardous materials. Transports de matières dangereuses avec des agents biologiques
: Zimmer, M.; Beard, A.; Knappertsbusch, V.; Seifert, U.

VFDB-Zeitschrift 47 (1998), No.3, pp.130-134
ISSN: 0042-1804
Journal Article
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()
Biogefährdung; Gefahrguttransport; Gefahrgutunfall; Gefahrgutverordnung; biohazard; hazardous materials transportation; hazardous materials accident; hazardous materials order

The number of biotechnological plants increases steadily - particularly the number of genetic engineering plants. Consequently, the number of transports involving hazardous substances which are infectious will grow also. This report examines the transport regulations for these materials defined by the German ordinance for road transport of hazardous materials (Gefahrgutverordnung Straße). Our main criticism of these regulations refers to the fact that the identification and labelling of the transported items and of the vehicles do not contain detailed information on the kind of the transported microorganisms. Therefore, emergency service crews cannot assess the danger that might originate from an exposure to the microoganisms. The article also discusses the regulations for fire service crews regarding their actions after accidents involving hazardous biological materials, and possible problems that might arise in such a situation.