New guidelines for the implementation of OSH to protect seafarers

Maritime occupational safety and health (OSH) experts have arranged new guidelines to assist governments in the implementation of the health and safety protection and accident prevention set forth in the MLC 2006 Regulation 4.3.

The new OSH guidelines addressed the following maritime working environment:

  • Demanding physical working conditions
  • Potentially hazardous task
  • Isolation
  • Long hours of work
  • Rigid organizational structures
  • High levels of stress and fatigue

The experts established the responsibilities of governments, shipowners as well as seafarers to improve compliance with the MLC 2006:

  • Accident and illness prevention practices and implementation
  • OSH training
  • Emergency and accident response


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