CODE OF SAFE WORKING PRACTICES FOR MERCHANT SEAMEN

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  • Describes that the Code of Safe Working Practices or its equivalent is intended primarily for merchant seamen
  • Describes that there should always be an sufficient number of copies to enable the Master, Safety Officer & any members of the Safety Committee to have their own, leaving at least one available for general reference
  • Describes that this Code is communicated to everyone on the ship irrespective of rank or rating because the instructions can be beneficial only if they are understood by all & if all cooperate in their execution.
  • Describes that the Code is organized in sections which deal with extensive areas of concern
  • States that the presentation gives the regulatory system for health & safety on board ships & overall safety duties under that system.
  • States that Section 1 is largely related with the safety management & the permitted duties underlying the advice in the remainder of the Code. All working on board are needed to be knowledge of these duties & of the principles controlling the instruction on the safe practice which they are required to follow
  • Explains that the Section 2 begins with the chapter setting out the areas that should be included in introducing the new member to the safety methods on board. It goes on to explain what individuals can do to enhance their personal health & safety
  • States that Section 3 is related with various working practices common to all ships
  • States that Section 4 includes safety for the specialist ship operation
  • Outlines & explains the contents of the COSWP for the merchant seaman

Describes safe working practices & personal shipboard safety including:

  • working aloft
  • working over the side
  • working in enclosed spaces
  • permit to work systems such as:
  • hot work permit
  • cold work permit
  • entry in enclosed space pemit
  • working aloft permit
  • working overside permit
  • electrical isolation permit
  • line handling
  • lifting techniques & methods of preventing back injury
  • electrical safety
  • mechanical safety
  • chemical and biohazard safety
  • personal safety equipment
  • Describes the role of a safety officer
  • Describes the topics covered in the safety committee meeting
  • Explains the importance of personal health and hygiene on board

Describes the use of:

  • portable O2 analyzers
  • explosion meter
  • multi gas detectors
  • other portable gas measuring instruments