maritime health

Inert Gas onboard: Key safety precautions

Inert gas is an asphyxiant due to the low oxygen content and contains low oxygen levels for life support, CO2, CO, NOx, SOx and traces of other substances. In addition, some of its components (e.g. carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, etc.) are toxic. Thus, all personnel onboard need to be aware of potential hazards.

APM Terminals in Kenya offer eye test for truck drivers to enhance safety

APM Terminals collaborated with non-profit group TwoBillionEyes Foundation to offer free eye tests and corrective glasses for truck drivers. The move seeks to create new employment opportunities and improves terminals’ cargo shipping. As explained, truck drivers’ unclear vision affects safety of the people and the efficient operation of the terminals.

Crew severely injured after e-cigarette battery explodes

The Standard P&I Club informed of a recent personal injury incident after a crew member suffered severe burns to his right leg when a spare e-cigarette battery carried in his coverall overheated & exploded. The short circuit was mostly attributed to the keys carried in the same pocket.

New Code of Practice on safety and health management adopted

The new code wants to address the many changes in the industry, including the use of robotic systems, over the last 43 years since an earlier code was adopted by the ILO. It emphasizes on a preventive approach based on occupational safety and health (OSH) management systems, management of change and safe work plans.

UK MCA amends its Code of Safe Working Practices

UK MCA released an updated version of the ‘Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers’ in late December 2017. The amendments advise on  improving health and safety of seafarers primarily on board UK registered ships. 

How to maintain a good housekeeping onboard

Good housekeeping is essential to a safe workplace onboard a vessel and housekeeping oversights rarely go unnoticed during port state control or vetting inspections, ISM audits and condition surveys. In view of this, the American Club listed general vessel housekeeping observations which could affect vessel safety.

Oil & Gas UK issues Health and Safety report

The Oil & Gas UK published its latest report revealing health and safety data for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, which provides an overall picture of the trends, issues and themes of the sector’s performance on the UK Continental Shelf during 2016.

Malaria prevention for seafarers

Under its “Seafarers’ Health Information Programme”, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network issued a report on malaria prevention, as the disease causes at least 1 million deaths every year, the majority of which occur in resource-poor countries, such as Africa, south and central America, Asia and the middle east.

Enhancing food safety in maritime settings

The Shipowners P&I Club has published Guidelines for Food Safety on Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels in order to set a good basis for training courses on health care and hygiene in all maritime training settings.

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