Onboard Work Environment

ISWAN 1 hour and 41 minutes

The work environment onboard ships is highly complex, containing various hazards and risks. Due to this, rules and regulations were introduced to create a standard onboard, ensuring a better and safer work environment. This is done by implementing safety management systems and training seafarers to recognize everyday risks and hazards and understand how they can mitigate them by using personal protective equipment and safe working practices.

Upon completing this course, the candidate will understand and gain knowledge of the work environment onboard ships, including the various risks to health and the importance of knowing how to mitigate such risks by properly using PPE.

The learning objectives of this course will include;
1. Understanding the work environment onboard and the international rules and regulations covering this.
2. Gain knowledge of the risk assessment and mitigation of such risks onboard.
3. Understand the importance of human relations onboard and factors that might affect this.
4. Gain knowledge of common risks to seafarers imposed by onboard operations.
5. Gain knowledge of additional everyday risks onboard and how to mitigate them.
6. Understand the importance of PPE and safe working techniques onboard.

Created by Seably, approved by ISWAN.

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The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation that works to promote and support seafarers' welfare all over the world. Seafarers bring us 95% of the things we use every day and take care of us when we travel by sea, but their lives are often tough. They experience long periods away from family and friends with limited or no communication, fast turnaround of ships in ports with severely restricted shore leave, reduced crew numbers and increased workloads. Welfare services and facilities both onboard and ashore can be a lifeline for seafarers. Our free, 24-hour, multilingual helplines, SeafarerHelp and Yacht Crew Help, are among the direct welfare services we provide to seafarers. Others include our relief funds for seafarers and their family members in need and a range of health information resources. We work with companies, unions, governments, welfare organisations, and ports to implement the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. We support those who establish and provide welfare facilities and services in port and on ships. We are funded by membership subscriptions, grants from foundations, sponsorship and earned income. We are grateful to our main funders – the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, The TK Foundation, The Seafarers' Charity and Trafigura Foundation – for their continued support.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes
  5. Intended for: All seafarers
  6. Reference: Based on parts of the ISM Code, 2018 Edition, COSWP 2020 Edition, MLC 2006, STCW Code. Approved by ISWAN.