New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

Recognizing the special needs of seafarers, experts have agreed on guidelines
to assist governments to implement occupational safety and health provisions
previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).

Intended to provide supplementary practical information to be reflected in
national laws and other measures, the OSH guidelines deal with the special
maritime working environment. This includes demanding physical working
conditions, potentially hazardous tasks, isolation, long hours of work, rigid
organizational structures and high levels of stress and fatigue.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of the work of the expert meeting this
week. We believe in promoting compliance with the MLC and the new guidelines
that we have agreed will make an effective contribution to this,” said Tim
Springett, Vice-Chairman for the Employers' Group.

More info - Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)