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Comment Sought on Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

September 15, 2021

Department of Transport

Draft Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Regulations have been republished for comment.

The transport department published the proposed Regulations in Government Gazette 45131 in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act.

The draft Regulations were first published for comment in Gazette 44761 in June 2021.

New definitions on “authority”; “confined space”; “employer” and “tanker” are proposed.

A new Regulation 3 on duties of an employer and an employee is proposed.

It stipulates that every employee must be aware of the hazards connected with any work to be performed, or machinery to be used and conversant with the health and safety measures to be taken or observed to obviate hazards.

A new Regulation 4 on health and safety equipment and facilities to be provided by an employer is also proposed.

It lists the items that employers must provide on vessels to keep employees safe.

Other draft amendments focus on health and safety provisions for staff on board ship, appliances and equipment; appointment, termination of appointment, and functions of a health and safety officer; appointment, termination of appointment, and functions of a health and safety committee; election, termination of office, and functions of a health and safety representative; requirements and duties of an employer regarding health and safety officers, health and safety committees and health and safety representatives to enable them to perform their functions; guardrails and guarding of openings; fixed ladders; stevedores, [shore]ship repair and maintenance contractors and incidental person on board vessels in the course and scope of their duty; duties of an employer and fishing vessels.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.