Shipyard Employment >> Barge Cleaning Operations

Figure 1: Barge Cleaning and Other Cold Work.
Figure 1: Barge Cleaning and Other Cold Work.

Many barges that contain chemicals, flammable/combustible liquids, or dry bulk cargoes may require cleaning. There is a special need to clean the barges between transporting different cargoes.

Barge cleaning can involve many hazards. The most important hazards are to due flammable materials, and inhalation or skin contact from chemical exposures. It is important to address Hazard Communication [29 CFR 1915.1200], personal protective equipment [29 CFR 1915 Subpart I], and the exposure limits in 29 CFR 1915 Subpart Z while performing barge cleaning operations.

Additional requirements may apply for barges requiring repairs. For these requirements, see Ship Repair.

Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the Ship Repair: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.

The Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard (29 CFR Part 1915 Subpart P) was issued September 15, 2004 and became effective December 14, 2004. A Fire Protection module has been added to address these changes. In addition, it is anticipated the Ship Repair, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking eTool modules will be modified in the future to address the Shipyard fire protection standard.