The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a new tool for the industry – the ‘Safety Committee Representative’s Handbook’ (IMCA SEL 035), for use by safety committees on board vessels undertaking marine operations, recognised by IMCA as an excellent way of promoting and managing safety issues.
“To do their job properly on these committees, members need to understand their roles and responsibilities, and this is just what the new publication sets out, ” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director.
Mark Bosson, HSE Manager of Technip Marine Operations Services, and Chairman of IMCA’s Safety Environment & Legislation (SEL) Core Committee adds: “It was recognised that developing an easy to use piece of guidance, which provided a working knowledge and an overview of how all the relevant marine and shore-based legislation fitted together would enable safety committee representatives to do a better job.”
The handy wire bound A5 handbook is international in scope, and is written in straightforward and simple language. As well as providing guidance and information on a range of safety related topics it also covers the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how a safety committee works including:
- The function, remit and structure of safety committees
- How they affect welfare and the working environment
- Where safety representatives can find further information.
There is a chapter on some of the fundamental safety processes that are of importance to offshore personnel including risk assessment, safe systems of work, control of hazardous substances, manual handling, working at height and lifting operations.
“It was developed by the industry for the industry, ” explains Jane Bugler. “A draft version was prepared ahead of the 2014 IMCA Safety Seminar held in Houston earlier in the year so that the safety experts there could pore over it and provide invaluable feedback. Many of their excellent ideas were then considered and included. It is now available for downloading free of charge for members and non-members alike at www.imca-int.com, and printed copies are available at £10 for members and £20 for non-members from firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Mark Bosson adds: “The handbook will be yet another welcome piece of guidance that IMCA members can utilise. I encourage anyone involved in a vessel safety committee to draw upon it and make full use of the information it contains.”
- IMCA is an international association with well over a thousand 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 Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be “Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working.
- 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 eCMID, safety recommendations, 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.
About the industry IMCA serves
The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA members employ some 350, 000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.