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Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Drawn Up

June 30, 2021

Department of Transport

Draft Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Regulations have been drawn up.

The transport department published the draft Regulations in Government Gazette 44761 for comment.

The proposed Regulations were drafted in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act.

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; duties of an employer; appointment, termination of appointment, and functions of a health and safety appointee; incidental persons; certification of a stevedore, ship repair and maintenance contractor or incidental person as fit for duty by an occupational medicine practitioner; portable ladders and safety measures when working with steel pipes and on container tops.

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