New Maritime Industry DOL Publications

Spring in the NW means ships returning from shipping up in Alaska that need to be repaired, mended and reoutfitted. It also means private fishing boats that have stayed locked away for the winter being brought out again, refitted for the salmon runs.


If you are involved in the maritime industry in any way, shape or form, you’re going to want to spend a little time looking over the DOL’s Maritime Industry Publications Page with all its available downloads designed to make maritime work safe.

Here’s a list of what you’ll find there (Many of the publications are in Spanish as well as English. Items that are Bold are new publications):

  • Aerial Lift Fall Protection Over Water in Shipyards
  • Deck Barge Safety
  • Eye Protection against Radiant Energy during Welding and Cutting in Shipyard Employment
  • Fire Watch Safety during Hot Work in Shipyards QuickCard
  • Longshoring Industry
  • Longshoring: Freeing Inoperable Semi-Automatic Twist Locks (SATLs) in Longshoring
  • Longshoring: Servicing Multi-Piece and Single-Piece Rim Wheels QuickCard
  • Marine Cargo Handling First Aid QuickCard™
  • Marine Cargo Handling: Gangway Safety QuickCard™
  • Marine Cargo Handling: Lifesaving Facilities QuickCard™
  • Marine Terminal Fall Protection for Personnel Platforms Fact Sheet
  • Marine Terminals: Radio Communication in Marine Terminals Fact Sheet
  • Marine Terminals: Traffic Safety
  • Mechanics Working in “the Yard” on Powered Equipment during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Mechanics Working in “the Yard” during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Oil Spill Response: Training Marine Oil Spill Response Workers under OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard
  • Respiratory Protection: Assigned Protection Factors for the Revised Respiratory Protection Standard
  • Shipbreaking Fact Sheet
  • Shipbreaking: Safe Work Practices
  • Shipyard Industry Standards
  • Shipyards: Guidelines for Safely Entering and Cleaning Vessel Sewage Tanks Fact Sheet
  • Shipyards: Hot Work Safety on Hollow or Enclosed Structures QuickCard
  • Shipyards: Safely Performing Hot Work on Hollow or Enclosed Structures in Shipyards Fact Sheet
  • Shipyards: Safety While Working Alone in Shipyards Fact Sheet
  • Top/Side Handler Safety in Marine Terminals QuickCard
  • Traffic Lanes and Personnel Safety Zones Fact Sheet
  • Ventilation: Ventilation in Shipyard Employment
  • Working Safely on the Apron or Highline during Marine Terminal Operations QuickCard
  • Working Safely While Repairing Intermodal Containers in Marine Terminals Fact Sheet

New OSHA focus aims to help prevent rigging accidents

Because I live in the Puget Sound, I am surrounded by shipyards. A good percentage of accidents and fatalities around here are specifically related to ships and off-loading of barges.

OSHA, in an effort to specifically address these safety issues, have just published a whole new section to their website entitled “SHIPS”. Ships stands for

Safety and

Here’s what OSHA has to say about this new section of their website:

“This guidesheet is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”

There’s a lot to this new section with 19 different sub sections addressing issues related to rigging.

There are also 4 pages of mini-posters that can be downloaded and printed that explain how to avoid the most common accidents related to rigging.

Have a look at this new OSHA focus online at