The ILO has issued a new code on safety and health in shipbuilding and shiprepairing. The Code, drawn up by a working group composed of representatives from governments, employers and workers, is not mandatory, but is expected to exert a major influence on industry. A novel feature of the Code, which has not appeared in previous ILO safety codes for other industries, is the provision that production requirements and urgency of work should never take precedence over the safety and health of workers. The 250-page Code covers conditions in both old and new shipyards, and starts with a comprehensive list of general duties of employers, workers, and obligations for manufacturers and dealers. The following sections lay down detailed guidelines for equipment such as lifting appliances, hand tools, scaffolding, ladders, ropes and chains and for work involving contact with irritating substances and radiations, welding, blasting, work in confined spaces and dangerous atmospheres. Pressure plant, hull construction and docking operations also come in for detailed treatment. While recognizing that many of their recommendations apply only to new equipment, the experts urge that existing equipment which does not conform, or cannot be made to conform with provisions of the Code, be phased out as soon as possible. However, they warn that all the safety and health aspects of new equipment, and new technologies must be carefully studied before introduction-- rather than after.

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    Seatrade Publications Limited

    Fairfax House
    Colchester CO1 1RJ, Essex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Leigh, V W
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Pagination: p. 71
  • Serial:
    • Seatrade
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Seatrade Publications, Limited
    • ISSN: 0037-0428

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  • Accession Number: 00084625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Seatrade Publications Limited
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1975 12:00AM