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Work and rest hours: Problems & best practices

Working on ships is a challenging profession that needs energy at all times. That is why fatigue is seen as a significant contributory factor to many incidents in shipping industry and one of the major concerns for seafarers.

Crew wellbeing at the heart of ‘Day of the Seafarer 2018’

Seafarers’ rights to be treated fairly and enjoy quality of life at sea is the focus this year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign, on 25 June, under the theme: Seafarer’s wellbeing. Day of the Seafarer 2018 will provide a platform to advocate for higher standards of welfare, says IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim.

PEMA issues crane operator health and safety guide

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association has published a report on crane operator health and safety, including 20 recommendations for crane manufacturers and terminal operators on how to improve rubber tyred gantry (RTG) and container crane cabin ergonomics and safety.

New guidelines to ensure seafarers mental well-being

For seafarers mental health issues are a very important matter. These can include the pressures of being separation from family and isolation. For this reason, the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers have created new guidelines to help shipping companies set up policies on mental well-being.  

Ensuring drinking water quality on board

Potable water on ships must be obtained only from those water sources and water supplies that provide potable water and are approved by the health administration or health authority.

Caution required amid global measles outbreak

The US Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, noting that measles remains a common disease in these regions. CDC warned that anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

How mental well-being affects personal recovery

Well-being is defined as a state of being “comfortable, healthy, or happy”, which can be easily disrupted however by outside influences, such as family and relationship problems, depression, loneliness and financial issues. Subsequently, seafarers who are struggling with well-being issues could be more vulnerable to illness or injury.

Occupational injuries due to vibrating tools or machinery

Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is the medical term for symptoms caused by vibration damages that may occur in the fingers, hands and arms due to the use of vibrating tools or machinery. Previously, it was known as ‘vibration white finger’, however the name is changed to HAVS to reflect additional symptoms.

Tips for better heart health

There is no single thing that can cause chest pain and other disorders of the heart, but there are several risk factors that contribute to it. For a better heart heald, people working at sea and all people as well, coming from all ages, are advised being physically active, managing conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression, managing their weight and avoiding social isolation.

How to relax when feeling stressed

During our life there will be many times when we feel stressed, such as when the pressures or demands of life get on top of us. However, it is important to remember that stress is not only normal but essential for survival and can be beneficial to us. Moreover, there are ways that can help deal with stress effectively.

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