investigate (1) every accident required to be notified by the Merchant
Shipping Act (2) every dangerous occurrence (3) all potential hazards to
occupational health and safety, and make recommendations to the master
to prevent the recurrence of an accident or to remove the hazard.
Make representations and, where appropriate, recommendations to the
master (and through him to the company) about any deficiency in the ship
with regard to (1) any legislative requirement relating to occupational
health and safety (2) any relevant M notices (3) any provision of the Code
of Safe Working Practices
Maintain a record book describing all the circumstances and details of all
accidents and dangerous occurrences, and of all other procedures required
by his duties, and to make the records available for inspection by
3. Are all guard-rails in place, secure, and in good condition?
4. Are lighting levels adequate?
5. Is ventilation adequate?
6. Is machinery adequately guarded where necessary?
7. Are permits to work used when necessary?
8. Is the level of supervision adequate, particularly for inexperienced crew?
The investigation of accidents and dangerous occurrences will be an
important part of the safety officer\u2019s duties. The actual reporting of an
accident will be carried out by the master but it is the statutory duty of
the Safety officer to investigate the incident and to assist the master to
complete the accident report form.
Crew < 16: one safety representative may be elected by the officers and
Crew > 15: one safety representative may be elected by the officersan d
On behalf of the crew on matters affecting occupational health and safety
(1) consult with the master and the Safety Officer and make
recommendations to them, including recommendations to the master,
\u2018that any work which the safety rep believes may cause an accident should
be suspended\u2019 (2) make representation through the master to the
employer (3) request through the safety committee an investigation by the
Safety Officer of any such matter.
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