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ILO-Guideline with SEAHEALTH's Fingerprint


At the request of ILO, SEAHEALTH has made the latest guideline on Maritime Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH), which provides guidance for Regulation 4.3 of the MLC Convention.

Clean Drinking Water - guidance ready from Seahealth

It is important to have a water safety plan drawn up for individual ships to prevent drinking water from be contaminated on an ongoing basis

Water, water everywhere, nor any a drop to drink… is a well-known maritime quotation dating right back to the end of 1798.

Luckily, this is not generally the situation on ships nowadays but there is still some truth in the rhyme especially when having to bunker water elsewhere in the world where water supplies are not safe.

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.

Sector specific guidance No. 4: 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.

Sector specific guidance No. 6: Coasterkit

Sector Specific Guidance for coasters (It has been replaced by the guidance: Small Ships and special duties)

Topics covered by the Coaster Kit:

Sector specific guidance No. 5: 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.

Sector specific guidance no. 2: 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.

Sector specific guidance No. 1: 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.

Sector specific guidance No. 3: 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.