Health Promotion

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Drawings: Long term effects

In continuation of the concept from the near miss drawings, we have choosen to focus on well known long term effects of working at sea. This way we can cover both health and safety. The point of all these new drawings is that if you are exposed to these conditions year after year for a long time it may lead to illness. Consequently you may have sustained a occupational disease, which must be reported.


We have 8 drawings describing the long terms effects of:

11 Years Older in 12 Minutes

You learn a lot from a health check.

By: Søren Dam Nielsen, Journalist

It is No Longer Dustry on Dana

The crew on Denmark’s only oceangoing research vessel took the lead in tackling their environment and ended with a clean ship.

Denmark’s only ocean research vessel, Dana, is 78 m. LOA and was built at Aarhus Shipyard in 1980-81. 
The vessel has 38 cabins for crew and scientific staff.

Medical guide for seafarers

It is 18 years since the Medical Guide was last revised. A new, updated version is on the way. We ask three industry stakeholders about their feelings and attitude to the medical guide.


Fritz Ganzhorn - Director, Danish Maritime Officers

What does the Medical Guide for Seafarers mean for you?

A useful and sometimes life-saving tool.

From textbook to manual

New medical guide for seafarers on the way

- medical examiner get help to proceed systematically

What is good seamanship?

This year, the MSSM (Maritime Health Safety and Environment) Conference brought together almost 300 delegates from the Danish maritime industry under the heading of modern seamanship and good business sense

Sailors and health

For years, steward Jens Christian Raassi Andersen has been one of the heavier seamen. Seriously overweight, at his heaviest he was 171 kg!

Good mealtimes

Mealtimes are one of the more pleasant experiences of the day, a break when we can relax and chat with our colleagues.

Defibrilliators on the way in Germany

In Germany, they are on the way to introducing new legislation to require all vessels in the German merchant fleet to carry a defibrillator. So far the legislation is at the drafting
stage and it has not yet been confirmed by the German Maritime Authorities.  

Great interest in treating cardiac arrest

Every minute we can save on the time from a cardiac arrest to defibrillation increases survival by about 10%

Source: Report of cardiac arrest outside hospital, 2004, Danish Council for Resuscitation


there is no time for reflection if the heart stops beating.