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”We have had two incidents related to in-
correct use of PPE the last week.
PPE is a basic barrier to protect the life and
health of our employees. Therefore, the
correct use of PPE is a minimum and ba-
sic requirement for employment with Sea-
trans. We sincerely care for our employees’
safety and therefore require decisive ac-
tions/sanctions (from written warning up
to and including immediate dismissal) to-
wards anyone who knowingly chooses to
not wear proper PPE! ”
“In this new procedure, we have included an overview of all
PPE available on board the ships. We have also made a new
PPE matrix showing what equipment to use during the most
common jobs on board,” says Eilert Nøttingnes. “Additionally,
we have prepared separate sections for special operations on
chemical tankers and for dry cargo vessels. Another change
for the better is our plan to standardise all the PPE in use in
Seatrans. This will make it easier if any crew members change
ships,” Eilert Nøttingnes continues.
The engine room
After talking with a number of chief engineers, Seatrans Ship
Management has approved the use of bump caps by staff in
the engine roomduring ordinary, daily work. “If there are jobs to
be done that increase the risk of accidents or injuries caused
by falling objects, the PPE in use shall reflect the increased
risk potential. PPE is – and has to be – an integrated part of
our safety culture. This is not exclusive to seafarers. The safety
culture and the PPE regime include office staff and other
visitors onboard the ships. There are no exceptions,” Eilert
Nøttingnes conclude.
Yes, we do
“There are three of us working in the engine room and we
use the bump caps every day. The ordinary helmets are
more heavy and warm, so if you use them in the heat you
start to sweat and it gets in your eyes and becomes very
uncomfortable. In some working positions, the helmet falls
from your head and you have to use the chin strap. The new
bump caps are much more comfortable and are safe to use
for routine jobs. If we have to do heavier jobs with lifts and so
on, we use the traditional helmet,” Chief Engineer Petr Musil
onboard Trans Fjell explains. “Now that we use bump caps,
we have not had any accidents related to work in the engine
room. Bump caps give good covering and protection of the
head while feeling comfortable.”
Personal Protection Equipment:
New procedures for use of
A new
matrix makes it easy to get an
overview of PPE to be used for
the most common operations,
Eilert Nøttingnes says.
In order to make it easier to know what Personal Protection
Equipment (PPE) to use and decrease the number of procedures,
Seatrans Ship Management has made one new procedure covering
all vessel segments.
“Now that we
bump caps
, we
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in the
Atle Sommer
Managing Director