Health and safety on ships
Operators of seagoing ships or small commercial vessels must protect the health and safety of workers by:
- following safety standards and codes of practice
- ensuring the safety of machinery and equipment
- making sure the vessel is safely manned and all workers have the necessary qualifications
- having the right emergency procedures and equipment
- providing health protection and medical care
- doing regular risk assessments
- supplying necessary protective clothing and equipment
- monitoring maritime safety information broadcasts
- consulting with workers or their representatives on health and safety matters
Providing health and safety training
Workers must get basic health and safety training. There’s more information on what this covers on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
Written health and safety policy
The ship must must have a policy that sets out how health and safety will be managed. Read guidance on writing a health and safety policy.