UK MCA updates the Code of Safe Working Practices (Amendment 5, October 2020)


( The Code of Safe Working Practices (COSWP) provides guidance on improving health and safety on board vessels and articulates how statutory obligations should be fulfilled. The Code details the regulatory framework for health and safety on board ship, safety management and statutory duties underlying the advice in the Code and the areas that should be covered when introducing a new recruit to the safety procedures on board.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has updated the code, and below you can find the latest version as of today: Amendment 5, October 2020.

Key features

Amendment 5 includes the following updates:

  • Chapter 4
    • New section on damage control drills
    • New annex with table of emergency drills and their frequency
  • Chapter 12
    • Updated info on vibration exposure limits
    • Table of recommended maximum sound limits for different areas on board ship updated in annex
  • Chapter 15
    • Updated info on personal monitoring equipment
    • New table about testing for toxic gases
  • Chapter 20
    • Updated info on isolation while working on powered machinery or equipment
    • New section on critical equipment
    • New info on the lockout, tag out (LOTO) safety procedure

Click on the below image to download the full latest version of the MCA COSWP:

Source: UK MCA

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