IMCA Updates ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated its ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’.

Guidance measures

The document provides a set of guidance measures to vessel owners and operators when preparing contracts and procedures either for vessel dry docking or extended maintenance periods alongside in a shipyard.

Originally published in 2013, the revised document addresses traffic management in shipyards.

Safe working environment

Nick Hough, IMCA Technical Adviser – HSSE, Offshore Survey and ROV, said: “It is important to establish a safe working environment for all personnel working on and transiting the quayside area and/or the bottom of the dry dock – both of which should be considered as an extension of the vessel”.

He further added, “Spatial awareness is important for crew members working in these places. Although it may be difficult for the vessel operator to influence control over traffic operating throughout the shipyard, reasonable measures should be taken to minimise risk in the working area around the vessel. In the revised guidance we highlight a number of key hazards and list measures that could be taken to minimise risk.”

Focus on occupational health and fitness

The revised guidance also includes information on occupational health and worker fitness/health in shipyards including: waste management, toilet facilities, drinking water, food hygiene control, disease prevention and local control of malaria or other diseases with vectors such as mosquitoes, flies and rodents.

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Source: IMCA

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