On a sea-going ship on which more than five workers have employed the company required to appoint a safety officer. The master must record the appointment of a safety officer - this should be in the official log book. Although not prohibited by regulations the appointment of the master as the safety officer is not generally advisable. Appointment as safety officer should be avoided to whom the master has delegated the task of giving medical treatment. This is because one of the duties of the safety officer is to investigate incidents, and he would not be able to give proper attention to this function while providing medical treatment for casualties.



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