- Minimum 18 years of age.
- At least 12 months sea service.
- Served at sea on a merchant vessel
- Minimum 2 years consecutive sea service since attaining the age of 18.
- In the case of a safety officer on board a tanker, this shall include at least six months service in such a ship.
This course is required for anyone taking up the role of a Safety Officer on board a ship, as defined in The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2962) (the Regulations), which define a safety officer as “a person who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and/or qualities, to enable him / her to properly undertake the duty imposed under the relevant provision in the regulations”.
Through a hands-on practical training program, including lectures, videos, group discussion, and practical scenario based exercises, students will acquire a clear understanding of;
- The duties of a Shipboard Safety Officer
- The legislative information relevant to their role
- ISM code, its relationship to their role within the Safety Management System
- Incident prevention and investigation including techniques to conduct interviews
- Correct procedures to identify hazards & conduct risk assessments & mitigate risks
- The significance of inspections and audits
- Record keeping, reporting incidents and accidents
- The role of safety committees in shipboard safety
- Creation of safety culture onboard ships