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Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers


Year: 2021
Language: english
Author: MCA
Genre: Convention (rules)
Edition: 2015 edition – Amendment 6, October 2021
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 558
Description: This Code is published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and endorsed by the National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee, UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) as best practice guidance for improving health and safety on board ship. It is intended primarily for merchant seafarers on UK-registered ships.
It is a statutory requirement that seafarers are provided with the information necessary to ensure their health and safety. The MCA considers that on UK ships this means that all those with specific responsibilities for safety should have immediate access to this Code, and that it should be readily available to all seafarers on board, e.g. a copy should be kept in the mess room. It should be provided in appropriate formats (e.g. electronic and hard copy) in sufficient quantity to ensure easy access. The Code should be supplemented by safety manuals, work instructions and other guidance issued by shipping companies for their particular ships, as appropriate.
The Code is addressed to everyone on a ship regardless of rank or rating, and to those ashore responsible for safety, because the recommendations can be effective only if they are understood by all and if everyone cooperates in their implementation. Those not actually engaged in a job in hand should be aware of what is being done, so that they may avoid putting themselves at risk or causing risk to others by impeding or needlessly interfering with the conduct of their work.
Published 8 December 2021
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