Some Essential Safety Tips Seafarers should Follow at Sea

Safety in maritime operations is not just a regulatory requirement but a fundamental necessity.

Prioritizing safety in maritime operations is imperative to prevent accidents and incidents at sea. It requires a collective effort from every individual on board, from the highest-ranking officers to the newest crew members, as well as support from maritime organizations and regulatory bodies.

These are some essential safety tips for seafarers while at sea:

 

WORKING AT HEIGHT

When climbing or descending a staircase a tools belt should be used when taking the equipment up for the job, ensure a firm and secure grip of three-point contact is maintained at all times. A fall arrestor should be used if the Job requires it.

Always Check if a Permit is required before commencing a task, understand the requirements, and comply with them. Plan work and agree appropriate safety measures with fellow Crew.

SAFE LIFTING TECHNIQUES

To prevent injuries, it is important to use proper lifting techniques, Lift with your legs not your back and get help when handling heavy or awkward loads. Ensure to use mechanical lifting aids like crane and forklifts whenever possible to eliminate the risk of injuries.

WORKING ALOFT /PERSONNEL TRANSFER

When working outside of ship rails always wear a Personal Floatation device, Ensuring the sea-state is within acceptable conditions. Consider vessel movement and swell before transferring between vessels, Establishing visual and radio communications at all times.

DISTRACTIONS WHILE ON DUTY

While on duty It is mandatory there are no distractions at all times. Gadgets such as cell phone, laptop, or tablet, in addition to newspapers, magazines, or other leisure material should be limited to cabin or recreation room. This will ensure adequate concentration while on duty or supervising onboard activities thereby ensuring safe operation at all times and aid to maintain a professional workplace.

ENCLOSED SPACE ENTRY

Ventilation should be carried out for 24 hours before entry is permitted into any enclosed space. A PTW is a must and should contain the following (Location Of The Job, Nature Of The Job, Potential Hazard And Precautionary Measures, Agreed Communication Method, Protective Equipment To Be Used, Time Of Issue And Validity, Signature Of Person Issuing The Permit And Person Who Is To Enter The Enclosed Space).

Atmospheric testing of the tank must be done to measure the presence of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide. Tests should be carried out at different levels of the enclosed space, the top, middle and the bottom, oxygen content should read 20% by volume. In Entering the enclosed space ensure to put on your SCBA, safety harness, lifeline, portable gas meter and A watch man should be on standby with rescue procedure in place.

 

In conclusion, seafarers should ensure to exercise their “STOP WORK AUTHORITY” and also encourage all colleagues to do so when there is an unsafe activity or condition. Don’t Cover up or disguise any unsafe activity or condition. Adequate PPE should be worn at all times and additional PPE should be included when carrying out a specific job.