Must a safety officer attend a safety officer’s course before he can be appointed?

Although the Regulations do not require this, chapter 3 of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen advises that the SO should have attended “a suitable Safety Officer’s Training Course”.

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What are the statutory duties of a safety officer under The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations?

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