In its latest ‘Training onboard’ newsletter providing health tips for seafarers, ISWAN shared two reasons why going for a short walk around the ship or out on deck after eating a heavy meal could be beneficial to crew members onboard.
In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 90 countries” and deaths caused by malaria reached 435,000, according to data provided by WHO. Meanwhile, UK P&I Club said it has recently been informed of two deaths and two cases of serious illness due to malaria.
The American P&I Club informs of a change in the Pre-employment Medical Examination (PEME) Program. The change regards the psychology tests, which the American Club will no longer require to ensure compliance with PEME. The Club also requested all clinics to update their PEME price list given this change. A new price list will be posted in due course.
The UK Club issued a risk focus on burn injuries onboard vessels. Burns can be some of the most painful and dangerous of personal injuries that may be inflicted both at work and in domestic situations. The potential sources and causes of burn injuries can be varied and may range from a painful but minor inconvenience to life changing injury and death.
An electrical power failure onboard not only jeopardizes vessel’s safe operations but also may be linked to electrical hazards, putting at risk crew lives, especially electricians’ who are responsible to handle these systems onboard, and also personnel attempting electrical power connections during shipbuilding, ship repair or ship breaking.
“Kick your bad mental habits and toughen yourself up!” This is Amy Morin’s motto, author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” In this SAFETY4SEA article we narrow them down in 10 dos and don’ts after having already broached the matter of difficult co-workers and how they drain us of the mental strength we need, in previous Opinion Article. How do we therefore face toxic coworkers rationally and keep our feelings in check?
Marlins will cooperate with UK P&I Club to support seafarers’ health and well-being. Namely, Marlins, V.Group’s brand of Maritime English language testing, recruitment and e-learning solutions for seafarers, and the UK P&I Club will provide various e-learning courses, in order to improve seafarers’ physical and mental health.
Sleep is an important function to a person’s physical and mental well-being and the most effective weapon against the onset of fatigue. When we sleep, our brain signals our body to release hormones and important compounds. The healthy amount of sleep for the average adult is around seven to eight hours each night. A lack of sleep causes many significant changes in the body and increases the risk for serious health concerns.
The Mission to Seafarers announced the launch of a new website for its ongoing Seafarers Happiness Index, a seafarer welfare survey designed to monitor and benchmark seafarer satisfaction levels across the industry. The website seeks to act as a repository for the data collected during the survey.
With the increasing awareness of how important mental health is for seafarers, ISWAN says that more needs to be done to change the culture in shipping. This will create more openness and less stigma about mental health. According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders.
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