IMCA publishes guide to safety of non-marine personnelPublications // February 29, 2008
Safety is of paramount importance in the offshore contracting industry, and for this reason the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated a slim, but invaluable, document, ‘Guidance on Basic Safety Training and Vessel Induction for Non-Marine Personnel Working Offshore’.
“Non-marine personnel can be defined as persons who, though not normally working onboard a vessel, may need to do so for a period of days or weeks in order to fulfil the needs of a given project,” explained IMCA’s chief executive, Hugh Williams. ”The guideline offers examples of topics to be covered in basic safety training programmes, but is not intended to be used directly as a training document."
“Rather, it provides a checklist on topics the contractor should consider for inclusion in a basic safety programme, which should be adapted for the workforce and the vessel/work to be undertaken. It is essential that non-marine personnel working offshore feel totally at home on board and react with second nature to all situations, just like their marine-based colleagues.”
Members of IMCA can download the publication (IMCA SEL 007) free of charge from the members-only website; and can order printed copies at £2.50 (£5 for non-members) plus 20% delivery fee outside Europe, online at www.imca-int.com/publications/diving; or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: 020 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.