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OSHA Releases Fact Sheets for Shipyards

Monday, November 20, 2017

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards in the shipyard and maritime sectors, which cover topics such as pedestal crane safety, housekeeping safety, fire and rescue in shipyards, and safe baggage handling.

Pedestal Crane Safety

In order to ensure the safe operation of a pedestal crane, OSHA’s guidelines provide details on the certification and training requirements, as well as detailing what needs to be inspected.

Inspections should also work in tandem with checklists that cover work area and operational safety. OSHA has provided examples of pre-operational, crane operation and post-operation checklists in the new literature, which also emphasizes the importance of safely training crane operators and other workers.

Housekeeping Safety

Employers must maintain good tool storage and chemical labeling practices, otherwise, the health and safety of employees might be at risk, according to the fact sheet. Maintaining these habits, along with the regular cleaning and tidying up of unused materials and trash, contribute toward creating a safe work environment for all.

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards in the shipyard and maritime sectors.

Other pointers provided in the fact sheets cover the basics, as well as covering restroom maintenance and developing a schedule for housekeeping duties that will keep things clean and easily accessible.

Shipyard Fire and Rescue

The fact sheet pertaining to the fire and rescue portions of working in a shipyard covers the details on what employers should have in place to protect their workers, such as a written fire safety plan and checklists for fire, safety and emergency response.

According to OSHA, the fact sheet was designed to ensure “adequate fire response, including planning, training, equipment requirements, and response methods.”

Baggage Handling

For workers handling baggage on cruise lines, careful steps should be taken to prevent injuries on the job. The OSHA fact sheet provides pointers on safe lifting and loading techniques, such as warming up your muscles prior to a shift.  

There is also emphasis placed on sufficiently training employees to safely operate the relevant equipment. 


Tagged categories: Health and safety; OSHA; Shipyards

Comment from Thomas Van Hooser, (11/20/2017, 10:46 AM)

good information. Thank you

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