Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Health and Safety

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This publication contains guidelines to shipping companies on seven key health and safety topics; alcohol misuse, drug abuse, hepatitis, HIV and AIDS, smoking in the workplace, behavioural safety systems and violence, aggression, verbal abuse and threats against staff on passenger ships. The topics have been identified as important for the health, safety and welfare of seafarers and the shipboard working environment.

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This publication contains guidelines to shipping companies on seven key health and safety topics. They have been reviewed regularly by the Committee and are fully up to date. Three of the subjects are specifically referred to in the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) as areas that competent authorities should address in their national guidelines for the management of occupational safety and health on board ships, whilst the guidelines on behavioural safety systems will be of interest in connection with company safety management systems. All the topics have been identified as important for the health, safety and welfare of seafarers and the shipboard working environment. Company policies on these subjects can contribute to the implementation of measures to ensure continuous improvement.

 

The social partners in the United Kingdom maritime industry have a long and proud history of co-operation in the promotion of the health, safety and welfare of seafarers. The UK Chamber of Shipping and the unions Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers established the National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee in 1990 to continue the joint work in the field undertaken by the National Maritime Board. The Committee’s collaborative approach and ability to respond promptly to matters of concern has led to the publication of timely and relevant guidelines on a diverse range of subjects. Shipping companies that have adopted or reviewed policies in the light of the guidelines have obtained the support of the unions and acceptance of the policies by seafarers.

 

1 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Alcohol Misuse

2 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Drug Abuse

3 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Hepatitis

4 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on HIV and AIDS

5 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Workplace Smoking Policies

6 Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Violence, Aggression,

Verbal Abuse and Threats Against Staff on Passenger Ships

Appendix 1 - Company Policy A

Appendix 2 - Company Policy B

Appendix 3 - Company Policy C

Appendix 4 - Master’s Power in Relation to Disruptive Passengers

Appendix 5 - A Memorandum of Understanding between the British Transport Police and Crown Prosecution Service, London - Staff Assaults

Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Behavioural Safety Systems

Appendix 1 - Gap analysis checklist

Appendix 2 - Unsafe act/unsafe condition report form

Appendix 3 - Observation card

Appendix 4 - Information for seafarers on behavioural safety systems

References and Useful Publications

This publication contains guidelines to shipping companies on seven key health and safety topics. They have been reviewed regularly by the Committee and are fully up to date.

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.

It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.

With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.

The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Health and Safety
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 100
Product Code: WS1496K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-696-6 (9781856096966), ISBN 10: 1-85609-696-3 (1856096963)
Published Date: October 2015
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 217 mm
Book Width: 155 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.50 kg
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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