Two new pocket safety cards have been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). IMCA’s 22nd card covers electrical hazards attracting attention with its message “electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to equipment”. It details the hazards, and provides bullet points on assessing and reducing the risks of electrical shock.
The 23rd card covers noise, warning that too much noise – or prolonged exposure to it – can cause permanent and disabling hearing damage, and has some handy pointers for assessing if there is too much noise in a workplace, how to reduce exposure to noise, and how to ensure that hearing protection works properly.
“IMCA’s pocket cards highlight important safety messages in a double sided 9cm x 14cm format that workers can keep at hand, literally in their pocket, ” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “Begun in 2003, each card in the series addresses a specific aspect of offshore safety and provides a series of prompts and guidance on how a task can be completed safely, avoiding a variety of hazards.”
Printed sets of one hundred cards are available at £25 +VAT for members; and £50 +VAT for non-members, while members can download and customise the print files for their own use. Full information on the full range of pocket safety cards is available on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com and they can be ordered online, or from firstname.lastname@example.org and IMCA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.
• IMCA is an international association with nearly 900 members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training. IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
• IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving and ROV codes of practice, DP documentation, marine good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as e-CMID, safety recommendation, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.