The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was set up in 1970 to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for employees. It enforces a set of standards and provides training and education to support the needs of business owners. One of the industries that these specific regulations cover is marine, ‘including the construction, repair and scrapping of vessels, as well as the movement of cargo and other materials’. This blog will explain these standards and how they relate to your business.
Relevant Maritime Industry Standards and Guidance
Within the OSHA, there are specific standards that relate to the maritime industry. These are explained in further detail below:
- 29 CFR Part 1915 – Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Shipyard Employment
- 29 CFR Part 1917 – Marine Terminals
- 29 CFR Part 1918 – Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring
- 29 CFR Part 1919 – Gear Certification
The guidance given through these standards is in place to protect those working within potentially hazardous environments.
To support businesses, the OSHA produces training collateral which gives practical advice on how to avoid the most common incidents. These include:
- The prevention, recovery and survival in the event of a person falling into the water – OSHA QuickCard™ available here.
- Hazards related to communication within the maritime industry – OSHA Fact Sheet available here.
- Risks posed by hazardous waste, including oil spillages – OSHA Publication available – https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3172/3172.html
- Fire hazards caused by polyurethane and other organic foam insulation on board – OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin available here.
- The potential hazard of being stuck or run over by travel lifts – OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin available here.
Importance of training
As with all safety information published, changes and edits are made to keep up with emerging technology or to improve in-place systems. This is where training and available information is vital within the maritime industry. Whether this takes place internally from your HR department or is outsourced to an OSHA Training Institute, understanding the standards set in place ensures legal compliance and safety for all within the industry.
Travelling internationally requires you to have a clear understanding of the laws and regulations in many different countries. In addition, when growing a marine-based business, this information minimises the risk of penalties as you expand into other markets. Safety has to be a key pillar at all times to reduce the possibility of injuries and deaths alike.
The team at Pinpoint Electronics are well versed in legal requirements from all over the world. If you have any further questions or are looking to improve safety for your employees, get in contact today.