Sector Specific Guidance

SEAHEALTH's Sector Specific Guidances

Working on the Car/Trailer Deck

Working on the trailer deck can be risky, not just because of industrial accidents but also short and long-term damage to health. The sector specific guidance starts with a review of the various risk factors, followed by a review of possible solutions and finally some examples.The risk factors associated with working on the trailer deck can differ widely from vessel to vessel and it is therefore best for solutions to be described in a workplace risk assessment which individual vessels are required to make. We hope that these notes can help in this.

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Small ships and special duties

Explains how to put in place the basics for risk assessments and chemicals management. Small ships are often supply/specialised ships with special challenges. Small ships often play an important role in working with large ships and are an important part of the total operation.

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The guidance Small ships and special duties has replaced the sector specific guidance for coasters.

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Fall Arrest Systems

In order to avoid persons being exposed to potential injury, it is important that precautions to prevent falls are taken.The concept "fall arrest systems" in this sector
specific guidance is a broad term and covers any measures that prevent or limit falls. Examples of some of these measures include back braces, rails as well as rigid and flexible anchorage lines etc.

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Getting Around Safely

When moving around aboard a vessel, different types of accident can occur, such as getting something  jammed or having something fall on your head.
These guidelines mainly focus on how to prevent falls when moving about.

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Galley

There are many accidents in the galley. Every year about 50 are reported in Denmark which lead to at least one day’s absence in addition to the day of the accident. Many of the injured are off duty for some while and a few are so badly injured as to be permanently disabled by their accidents. Some never work in the galley again.Working in the galley is also characterised by heavy lifting, poor working positions, and unvarying, repetitive movements, all of which in time affect the arms, legs and body, and which can lead to wear followed by pain and discomfort.This guidance is primarily aimed at the vessel’s Safety Committee and those who are involved in designing and modifying the galley. It is based on conditions in a galley aboard a cargo vessel so
some special factors aboard passenger vessels are not reviewed.

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Point Extraction

Airborne pollution is an undesirable yet unavoidable consequence of human activities. If a person, in the course of his work, comes into contact with harmful fumes or toxic vapours from chemicals, his health can be adversely affected.As a starting point, the law requires that any work on board a merchant vessel should be carried out in an entirely appropriate way with regard to health and safety. This means that persons may not/should not be exposed to unnecessary harmful influences that, in either the short or the long term, can have bad effects on their health.

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