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 test training to ship’s officers and crew.

The training pack includes a short video, 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,

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Top tips

  • 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: Let them know this is a safe place to learn from mistakes.

Choosing your can

Familiarise yourself with the answers below 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:

Find out more the can test delivery guide and workbook herebelow: