An important health and safety handbook for seafarers has been given a makeover with the aim of making it “more accessible for all”.
In response to industry and stakeholder feedback, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has updated and modernised the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers.
Over the last few years the Code’s language, design and structure has been looked at and revamped to make sure it can be accessed and understood by as many seafarers as possible.
The updated version has now gone to consultation, inviting members of the public to review the latest changes.
Director of UK Maritime Services Katy Ware said:
“At the MCA we have been working hard on the latest version of the Code, responding to feedback and points made by stakeholders and industry, including seafarers.
“This is an important document for a seafarer and by looking at the wording, the design, the clarity, we hope we have helped in making it more accessible for all.
“As we continue engaging with industry, we hope a public consultation can provide us with more feedback and insight, assisting our mission to improve both the Code and materials for seafarers.”
The consultation ends on 21 November. For more information, and to view the Code and take part in the consultation, click here.