The company must appoint a safety committee. The committee must be chaired by master.
It is desirable that there should be a safety committee on every ship more than five workers, although the statutory requirement only exists on those ships where safety rep. are elected.
The master must record the appointment of a safety committee in writing - this should be in the OLB or minutes of the committee meetings.
It is preferable to appointment as secretary someone other than a safety official, as officials need to concentrate on the discussion rather than on recording it. Safety committee have a meeting generally on every 4-6 weeks.


  • make the ship a batter working place
  • finding of the risk assessment and measures for protection in place
  • any other factors affecting the health and safety of those working on ship
  • details of firefighting, first aid and other emergency procedures.


  • to use its best endeavors to ensure the Safety regulations are complied with
  • to improve the standard of safety consciousness among the crew
  • to make representations/recommendations on the crew’s behalf on health and safety matters
  • to inspect SO’s record
  • to ensure observance and take appropriate action concerning any occupational health and safety matters.

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On every ship on which more than five workers are employed , the company must make arrangements for the election of safety representatives. The regulation specify that no safety representative may have less than 2 years consecutive sea service since attaining the age of 18 The number of safety rep. Who should be elected will vary to the size of a crew. The following ratios are recommended
- 6 - 15 crew 1 elected by off. and ratings together
- 16 + crew 1 elected by the off. and 1 by ratings
- over 30 crew 1 elected by the off and 3 by the ratings (i.e. 1 from each from deck, eng. and catering departments, general purpose ratings being included in the deck department)
The master must record the election or appointment of every safety representative in writing - this should be either in the official log book or in the minutes of safety committee meeting. Safety representatives should :
- put forward their views and recommendations in a firm but reasonable and helpful manner
- be sure of the fact
- be aware of the legal position
- be conscious of what is reasonably practicable

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