Here you identify the risks of each individual task and duty. There are different ways of identifying jobs that can be risky to do. You could for example ask at the next safety meeting. Talk to your workmates about what they think is hazardous in their daily duties.
You can also make inspections with the safety organization and divide the ship into smaller areas and review them for risks. The ideal method is naturally a combination – an open dialogue on the jobs you have to do and the risks associated with them, with everyone on board getting involved with health and safety.
In the mapping module, we use four impact categories:
- Physical impacts refer to damage that is not immediately noticeable or visible when you are exposed to them which lead to illness in time. This might for example be wear and tear from repeated monotonous movements and pulling which you only feel when you get older. These are known as musculoskeletal disorders. It might also be your vision being affected by not having the right lighting for a job meaning you end up having to wear glasses.
- Chemical impacts can cause sickness that only becomes apparent after a long time of being affected by even small quantities. For example when painting, you might feel a slight headache and dizziness at high concentrations – but you can suffer brain damage from breathing small concentrations over a long period. Chemicals may for example also lead to various forms of allergy – this can cause you problem for the rest of your life.
- Psychological impacts can lead to you suffering from a bad working environment. This may for example be way of irritation and conflicts amongst you, a lock of motivation to work and the feeling of always being behind with work. Mental impacts can over a long time and in the worst case reduce your self-esteem or lead to serious illnesses such as depression or cardiovascular disease.
- Accidents are the category that you normally are most aware of. You can see, notice and feel the consequences of this category, from a jammed finger to loss of mobility and ultimately, your life. This category is important since it is here that your personal threshold for accepting risk can mean that even small insignificant actions lead to major personal consequences, not just for you but also for those closest to you.
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Anne L. Ries
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