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    More safety promotion materials from IMCA

    Publications // August 26, 2009

    A new poster on personal security (poster no. 6); and a pocket card (card no. 17) ‘Hand-Arm Vibration: Control the risks’ have been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Both are useful additions to its collection of safety promotion materials aimed at promoting key safety messages to the offshore workforce.

    “These latest additions to our poster and pocket card collections are on very different, but equally important topics,” explained Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. “In recent years personal security has been a key area of focus for IMCA and its members, and our Security Task Force has published ‘Guidance on travel security’; ‘Verification of third-party security personnel’; ‘Introduction to the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (the ISPS) Code)’; ‘Threat risk assessment procedure’; a vessel security poster and personal security pocket card. 

    “On the new poster we highlight three key messages ‘Avoid drawing attention to yourself –whether at a hotel check-in, or when using your mobile phone’, ‘Take care of your luggage and passport and stay alert when in the airport’ and ‘Always treat officials with courtesy and respect’ with easy to understand amusing cartoons so they can be easily remembered, and understood in any language.”

    New pocket card

    The new pocket card discusses the risks, symptoms and how to avoid hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome, both of which are associated with exposure to vibration through the use of powered work equipment.

    “Excessive use of hand held vibrating equipment can cause damage to the muscles and small blood vessels of the hands, wrists and arms,” explained Hugh Williams. “Prolonged excessive exposure can cause the blood vessels to break down and damage circulation in the fingers, causing the fingers to appear pale or white, especially when exposed to cold.”

    Both the poster and the pocket card are available to IMCA member companies from the members-only website with commercial printing files available incorporating a space on which a company name and/or logo can be printed. Printed copies are also available. 

    The posters are available to members at £5 per set of three (plus VAT or delivery where applicable) and £10 for non-members. Further copies of each of IMCA’s seventeen cards are available at £25 per 100 (member price) and £50 for non-members – a full list of the available cards is available at

    Further information on safety promotion is available from the IMCA website at and from the association at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521. Email:


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