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Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers - Amendment 5



EditionOCT 2020
Stock CodeBHMSO006E
PublisherThe Stationery Office
AuthorMaritime and Coastguard Agency

Amendment 5 to the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers (COSWP) 2015 edition provides updates to Chapters 1-6, 8-12, 15, 18, 20-24, 26, and 28.

COSWP provides guidance on improving health and safety on board vessels and articulates how statutory obligations should be fulfilled. The Code details the regulatory framework for health and safety on board 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 on board.

It is a statutory requirement for the current edition of the Code to be carried on board 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 on board the ship who requests it.

Key features:
Amendment 5 includes the following updates:

Chapter 4

- New section on damage control drills

- New annex with table of emergency drills and their frequency

Chapter 12

- Updated info on vibration exposure limits

- Table of recommended maximum sound limits for different areas on board ship updated in annex

Chapter 15

- Updated info on personal monitoring equipment

- New table about testing for toxic gases

Chapter 20

- Updated info on isolation while working on powered machinery or equipment

- New section on critical equipment

- New info on the lock out, tag out (LOTO) safety procedure

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