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E700. Is a ship's safety officer appointed or elected, and can he refuse to do the job?

He is appointed to the post by the Company. He may not refuse to do the job....

E699. Which ships must have a safety officer?

UK ships to which The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations apply, i. e. those with more than 5 workers on board....

E698. What information must the employer provide the competent person with?

All relevant information they need to do their job, e. g. a copy of the employer's safety policy, risk assessments, information about the duties of personnel, and any information provided by other emp...

E697. Why would more than one competent person sometimes be necessary?

On ships carrying personnel employed by several different employers (e. g. cruise ships and many offshore industry vessels), each such employer must appoint one or more "competent persons"....

E696. What are the requirements of The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations concerning the appointment of "competent persons" for the purposes of the Regulations?

One or more "competent persons" must be appointed by the employer "in order to provide such protective and preventive services as are necessary to enable him to comply with the requirements of these R...

E695. What official records must be made on a ship concerning the appointment of safety officials?

The appointment of a person (1) as the "competent person providing protective and preventive services", (2) as the ship's safety officer, (3) as a safety representative, or (4) onto a safety committee...

E694. Where can the MCA's guidance about safety officials be obtained on a UK ship?

In chapter 3 of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen....

E693. Which UK regulations contain the requirements for ships' safety officials?

The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/2962), as amended by SI 2001/54....

E691. A welder in a riding crew, who has already worked a 14-hour day, says he needs to continue working through the night to finish his contracted work before disembarking at the next port. Can the master permit this?

Subject to strict control measures stipulated in a Permit to Work, yes. This would probably include requirements for short breaks and a fire watch near the welder....

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