Guidance

MGN 539 Carriage of the code of safe working practices

Information for working on ships, as per 5(2)(d) of the merchant shipping and fishing vessels (health and safety at work) regulations 1997.

Documents

MGN 539 (M) Carriage of the code of safe working practices for merchant seafarers

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This notice should be read with the Merchant Shipping (Code of Safe Working Practices) (Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2015.

The merchant shipping (code of safe working practices for merchant seamen) regulations 1998 have been revoked.

Notice to all

  • ship owners
  • ship operators
  • managers
  • masters
  • and seafarers

The MCA considers that the code is necessary information for the health and safety of those working on ships, as required by regulation 5(2)(d) of the merchant shipping and fishing vessels (health and safety at work) regulations 1997.

In addition, these regulations are amended by the 2015 regulations to place a duty on shipowners to ensure there are sufficient copies of the code available on a ship so that is accessible to all seafarers.

The current edition of the code at the date of publication of this notice is the code of safe working practices for merchant seafarers, 2015.

Published 23 September 2015