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Maritime safety and health meeting held by OSHA

On February 22-23, 2012, in Washington,  D.C. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).

The committee advised Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels on the safety and health of workers in the maritime industries, with a primary focus on shipbuilding, shipbreaking, ship repair, and longshoring and marine terminal industries. The meeting will discuss safely working near radiation, proper confined space ventilation, safe entry and cleaning solutions for vessel sewage tanks, how to reduce eye-injury rates, and injury and illness prevention programs.

In the maritime industry, fall protection must be worn when painting or welding is done on the outside of a vessel's hull, or work on gantries or masts is performed. In any shipyard employment, whether at sea or at dock, a first aid kit must be available and well stocked at each marine terminal and on each vessel. Kits must be weatherproof, stocked with necessary items, and checked regularly so used items can be replaced immediately. 

Protect employees working in maritime settings by supplying appropriate safety products, such as safety glasses and protective clothing.