What are the duties of the Company and the master concerning the work of safety officials appointed under The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations?

(1) The Company and master must facilitate the work of any person appointed as a “competent person”, safety officer or safety representative in carrying out their health and safety functions, and in particular must provide for use by them a copy of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen (where appropriate), and access to any necessary information, documents and similar material including relevant legislation and M Notices.Β 

(2) They must also provide safety officials with relevant information about: (a) findings of risk assessments and measures in place for protection; (b) any other factors affecting the health and safety of those working on the ship; and (c) details of fire-fighting, first aid and other emergency procedures. (3) They must ensure that safety officials have the necessary resources and means to carry out their functions and duties. (4) They must allow safety officials such absence from ship duties without loss of pay as may be necessary to enable them to fulfil their functions, or to undertake any necessary training in health and safety matters. (5) They must receive, at any reasonable time, representations about health and safety from the safety officer, safety representatives or the safety committee, discuss their representations with them and implement any agreed measures as soon as may be reasonable and practicable.


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