Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers, otherwise commonly known as (COSWP) was recently amended to provide new information on sunglasses, the risk from sharps, solid carbon dioxide, and safe access to small craft, amongst other amendments.
MIN 561 (M) Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers: Amendment 2017 was to replace MIN 532 (M) and this MIN 561 will expire on 12 Dec 2018. This amendment had changes from the previous amendment concerning:
- Sunglasses: A new sub-section to Chapter 3 provides guidance on the purchase and wearing of sunglasses for seafarers working in certain conditions.
- Risks from sharps: A new sub-section to Chapter 3 provides information on the precautions to be taken when dealing with sharps which have been discarded.
- Emergency Drills and Procedures: In Chapter 4, MGN 560 (M) regarding Lifeboats, Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances, Winches and On-load release Gear – Operational and Test Procedures; replaces MSN 1803 (M).
- Fire Precautions: A sub-section inserted in Chapter 5 to take into account guidance published in IMO, MSC.1/1321
- Safe Movement onboard Ship: Amending the text in Chapter 11.
- Lifting Plant and Operations: Update to Chapter 19 clarifying the advice given on the Register of Lifting Appliances that persons should not stand in the vicinity of cargo being lifted.
- Work on Machinery and Power Systems: Updating the guidance in Chapter 20 to reflect the information published in MSC 1/Circ 1321 and MSC/Circ 834.
- Hazardous Substances and Mixtures: The guidance regarding Solid Carbon DIoxide was previously published in MSN 1254 and is now included in the Code. MSN 1254 will now be withdrawn.
- Hot Work: An insert on Angle Grinding has been added in Chapter 24.
- Dry Cargo: An insert regarding MGN 157 including MSC/Circ 886 and MSC/Circ 888 has been added.
- Safe Access to small craft: New guidance has been published by Port Skills and Safety as SIP 14, some of which has now been included in the Code.
COSWP provides guidance on improving health and safety onboard vessels and articulates how statutory obligations should be fulfilled. The Code details the regulatory framework for health and safety onboard ship, safety management and statutory duties underlying the advice in the Code and the areas that should be covered when introducing a new recruit to the safety procedures onboard.
It is a statutory requirement for the current edition of the Code to be carried onboard all UK ships other than fishing vessels and pleasure craft. The Code contains essential health and safety information and it must be made available to any seafarer onboard the ship who requests it.
Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition – Amendment 2, December 2017 can be downloaded from this link.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This document includes the text and images from the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition, 9780115534027, published on 4 September 2015, plus subsequent Amendments 1 and 2. This document does not match the pagination of the published version. Italicised textual references follow the paragraph to which they refer.
Source: MCA UK