The COVID-19 pandemic taught us a lesson that we had forgotten. Health is always the top priority. Seafarers are no exception. Life onboard can be harsh due to the workload and isolation; for this reason, ship operators must alleviate some stress from seafarers, and ensure them that they will be safe. Let’s take a look on how ship operators can achieve this.
One of the major factors in chronic health problems is being overweight. Overweight prevention is as essential protection as protection from workplace chemicals and noise. In fact, obesity accounts for 2-7% of the total health costs in industrialized countries.
Pre-employment medical examination is a procedure every seafarer has to deal with to prove their mind and body fitness if they want to go onboard. As the COVID-19 crisis is gradually fading, thousands of seafarers are expected to sign in and will have to successfully pass their medical exam.
The way of life of modern seafarers is a sedentary one and opportunities for sport and fitness are limited. In fact, most ships do not meet the needs of seafarers to do fitness activities. However, they are extremely important. Fitness activities are intended to improve or maintain good physical condition, but the most important fact to remember is that fitness and health are closely related.
Seafaring is considered among the most risky jobs, due to a combination of the hazardous nature of work, as well as the lifestyle onboard. Along with the risk of occupational accidents, seafarers have to deal with a demanding environment of increased stress and workload, triggering an adverse impact on their physical wellbeing.
The issue of recreation onboard was, along with connectivity, at the center of concerns for seafarers during the latest SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness Survey. Across a sample of 9,768 seafarers from every part of the world, there were many respondents who touched upon the issue, proposing additional entertainment opportunities.
WHO defines mental health “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Given the recent Coronavirus outbreak, crew members onboard more than ever need to be aware of the key practices for their safety and protection; routine cleaning, proper disinfection practices and appropriate treatment of waste produced from the COVID-19 are among those practices that can play an essential role in minimizing the spread of the virus in case a suspected case of COVID-19 is found onboard.
Toothaches can cause such an intense pain that no one is easy to withstand for long time. Especially for seafarers on duty, severe toothache is difficult to be treated with the medication means included in the ship’s medical chest.
On 1st December each year, the World AIDS Day aims to spread awareness on a disease which caused an estimated 770,000 deaths worldwide in 2018 only. Due to the nature of their work, seafarers bear a great risk since the constant traveling increases probabilities of sexual activity with casual partners all over the world.
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