UK safety publication, Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers (COSWP) has been amended, reports North P&I Club. COSWP has long provided “invaluable guidance on safe working onboard vessels”, said North. Published by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), it includes many elements of best practice. The most recent amended version was released in December 2017.
The MCA Marine Information Note MIN 561(M) outlines the amendments, which include new guidance on sunglasses for seafarers, the risk from sharps, emergency drills and lifting plant operations.
Although primarily published for seafarers on UK flagged vessels, North said that COSWP was an excellent reference for all seafarers regardless of location and nationality and North said that it encouraged its use in the industry.
MIN 561 (M) can be read at: