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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:

Moving towards safer alternatives

Case stories on substituting of hazardous chemicals can be a resource to reduce health and environmental risks

The SUBSPORT web portal aims to be the first entry point for companies, authorities, environmental and consumer organizations, and scientific institutions who are interested in substitution, to support companies in fulfilling substitution requirements within EU legislation.

It will contain comprising case stories from companies and literatures with general information on alternatives to hazardous substances.

Guidance to small ship and special duties

Guidance with short answers reviews the fundamentals of occupational health and safety.

It explains how to put in place the basics for risk assessments and chemicals management.

Take precautions when cleaning tanks

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The threshold values for benzene were massively exceeded when cleaning tanks, by more than 10-25 times on deck - and 2-3 times on the bridge even though the ventilation had been set to recirculated air so as to keep the vapour out of the syst

A "wine box" for chemicals

If you have ever opened the packaging of a wine box, you will know that it contains an airtight bag or balloon where the wine is stored under vacuum so that it does
not lose taste or bouquet or evaporate through the packaging. If this principle could be transferred to chemical tankers and freighters by way of so called Vacu- Big-Bags with
chemicals being transported under vacuum in the vessel’s tanks, it could prevent evaporation of volatile organic compounds, VOCs. These substances are, or can be, carcinogenic. They can also cause environmental damage.

Asbesto-report lead to unnesscary concern

There were big headlines and lots of press speculation when asbestos was found in some old electric S-trains. The news avalanche rolled on and also hit the crew on the Scandlines Taårs-Spondsbjerg ferry service.

It actually turned out that M/S Spodsbjerg, that was built in 1972 and is now used as a stand-by ferry for the service, also had asbestos aboard.

Chemical database news

An entirely new edition of the Maritime Chemicals database is on the way. It will be much more user friendly than the current version.

Easier chemicals process

The updated, more user-friendly version 1.2 of the ”Health and Safety at Sea” makes it even easier to find your way around the chemicals jungle and to keep the track of them aboard vessels, promises occupational health consultant Anne Ries of the Danish Maritime Occupational Health Service.

TV creates unnescessary nervousness

A TV program about non-approved water taps has made some seamen nervous. The program showed that so much cadmium, lead and nickel leaches from water valves – taps and shower mixers – that health can suffer.

A natural conclusion is that such taps might also fi nd their way to shipyards and thus be fi tted aboard vessels.

Even it-iliterates can use it

The latest version of Safety & Health at Sea 2006 is so easy to use that even computer illiterates can use it. So says Capt. Fritz T. Frederiksen, Dannebrog.

He is really pleased with the new version of the program that is intended to help vessels keep a check on chemicals, their applications and the precautions and personal protection needed when using them.