New Safety and Health Guidelines to Protect Seafarers

06 November 2014

The International Labour Organisation has agreed guidelines to assist governments in implementing occupational safety and health provisions previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

The guidelines provide supplementary practical information to be reflected in national laws and other measures and are intended to address all areas of seafarers' occupational safety and health including:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse;

  • Violence and harassment; and

  • Infectious disease.

The document details responsibilities for governments, shipowners and seafarers related to accident and illness prevention practices, implementation, training and emergency and accident response.

The Press Release published on 22 October 2014 by the International Labour Organisation can be accessed in the link here.

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