Legionella and UK registered shipping

How does UK shipping have to manage Legionella bacteria on board ship? The answer is explained in a Marine Guidance Note from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency describing the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Biological Agents) Regulations .

In line with previous maritime health and safety regulations, the provisions of the Biological Agents Regulations do not apply to land-based workers (e.g. contractors, stevedores and other port workers) to whom HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) or HSE (Northern Ireland)’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (as amended) apply. However the HSE Regulations only apply within UK waters or to UK offshore installations. Should a land-based worker be on a vessel when it goes outside UK limits, the HSE Regulations will cease to apply and the maritime Regulations will then apply to that worker.

The first requirement is to carry out a risk assessment with new risk assessments undertaken whenever there are changes in cargo carried; working practices etc. Where the employer’s risk assessment indicates that risks to workers’ health and safety remain despite any measures taken, the employer is required to prevent such risks as far as is reasonably practicable. Where it does not prove reasonably practicable to prevent a risk of exposure to biological agents, the employer shall reduce the potential risk of exposure to as low a level as possible by taking appropriate measures. Employers are required to put hygiene and individual protection measures in place.

As with land based regulations and guidance employers are required to provide workers and/or their representatives with sufficient, relevant and appropriate information and training.

Further information and support on how shipping is affected can be obtained by contacting Collaton Consultancy Limited using general@collatonconsultancy.com or contacting us via our website http://www.collatonconsultancy.com

9 Comments

  1. Can I simply say what a comfort to find an individual
    who truly knows what they are talking about on the net. You actually know how to
    bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more
    people must look at this and understand this side of the story.
    I can’t believe you aren’t more popular since you most certainly have the gift.

    Like

  2. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your site offered us with valuable info
    to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our
    whole community will be grateful to you.

    Like

  3. My brother suggested I would possibly like this web site.
    He used to be entirely right. This publish
    truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how a lot time I had spent
    for this information! Thank you!

    Like

  4. Hey there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my
    friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

    Like

  5. I got this site from my pal who told me about
    this web page and now this time I am visiting this web
    page and reading very informative articles or reviews at this time.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.