Hand Tools Safety

Reza Kapo 33 minutes

The Hand Tools Safety course shows the learner how to safely select, use, maintain and store hand and power tools on board ships. This course identifies the correct PPE to be worn when using tools and the potential consequences of incorrect use of hand tools on board.

If a crew member does not have the proper tools for the job and the knowledge of how to use them, the person doing the work may injure themself. On ships, hand tools should be used, maintained and stored properly. A good seafarer takes care of the ship's tools.

For this purpose, this course details how personnel on board ships should adequately use hand and powered tools to ensure not to put their own safety at risk or damage the vessel and its machinery. More in detail, this Hand Tools Safety course will cover: hand tools and needed Personnel Safety Equipment (PPE) for using them, correct use and maintenance of hand tools and the dangers presented by power supplies.



Course author

Reza Kapo

A marine chief engineer officer with long-standing sea-going experience, with a Master's Degree and a PhD Doctorate in Maritime Affairs.  I worked as an engineer at sea for almost eleven years when I was in charge of training several cadets.  In the last five years, I have been engaged as a research consultant in European maritime projects, where I have been in charge of desktop analyses, conducting surveys, and providing policy/technical recommendations. I have also been regularly involved in teaching activities for a wide range of STCW and IMO courses to marine officers since 2017.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 33 minutes
  5. Intended for: This course is intended for all personnel on board ships, especially for the officers and ratings who are directly involved in maintenance and repair works that need the use of hand and power tools.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of IMO publications, SOLAS Convention, Safety-Health and Working Conditions by ILO, Guidelines for implementing the occupational safety and health provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, and Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers by MCA.