Seafarer Health and Safety

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Seafarer Health and Safety

The UK's Seafarer Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice aim to provide an equivalent level of safety and health for those working on UK ships in comparison to regulations for workers ashore in the UK. They contain legislation deriving from International and EU regulations. Click here to refer to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

Seafarer Health and Safety Codes of Practice 

The Seafarer Safety and Health Team is responsible for updates to The Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers (COSWP) and for publishing Codes of Practice for Controlling Risks due to Noise and Vibration. 

Liaison with other UK Government health and safety teams

We have strong and collaborative links with the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). A Memorandum of Understanding between all three has been agreed to ensure effective collaborative working where individual duties overlap at the water margin around the UK.