Safety Courses Criteria

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October 2015


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This publication provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training in personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR), entry into enclosed spaces and shipboard safety officer training.

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Training courses developed in line with these criteria, delivered at centres approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), will cover:

Personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR) (section 2)

Entry into enclosed spaces (section 3)

Shipboard safety officer training (section 4)

The specifications described in this document have been developed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The MCA has agreed with the MNTB that the specifications described in this document will satisfy the requirements for approved PSSR and shipboard safety officer training. Conditions for MCA approval of short courses are contained in Annex A, which should be used in conjunction with the MCA guide to approval of regulatory training requirements. A course developed to cover entry into enclosed spaces does not need to be approved by the MCA or any other body, neither is there an approval process to cover such a course.

The national occupational standards relating to this training are:

  • A31 – Maintain personal health, safety and environmental standards on board a vessel

There is also a suite of Maritime Studies Qualifications which contains units relevant to this training; the specific units are:

  • Maritime employment, environmental and health and safety practice

  • Maintain safe and environmentally responsible working practices on board a vessel

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.

The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments.  This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies.  The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.

We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Seabrand.  This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: Safety Courses Criteria
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 23
Product Code: WS1486K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-705-5 (9781856097055), ISBN 10: 1-85609-705-6 (1856097056)
Published Date: October 2015
Weight: 0.30 kg

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