OSHA Offers Pocket-Sized Safety Tips on Marine Cargo Handling Ops

OSHA has developed three new pocket-sized, laminatable QuickCardsTM addressing worker safety topics in marine cargo handling operations. As with the agency's QuickCards on other topics, the goal is to provide brief, plain-language safety and health information for workers.

Gangway Safety in Marine Cargo Handling lists safety requirements for preventing falls from gangways, the walkways used for boarding and departing vessels. First Aid in Marine Cargo Handling explains workplace requirements such as ensuring at least one person with a valid first-aid certificate is available at the terminal to provide medical assistance. Additionally, Lifesaving Facilities in Marine Cargo Handling lists safety requirements for lifesaving equipment such as personal flotation devices and stokes basket stretchers, among other equipment.

"Too many workers are getting injured on the job," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels. "OSHA is providing these QuickCards to ensure that employers and workers know the best way to prevent workplace injuries. These educational fact sheets are part of OSHA's ongoing goal of promoting prevention through education."

Industry operations covered in these latest QuickCards include the transfer of cargo between ships, trucks, pipelines, and other modes of transportation, and the operation and maintenance of piers, docks, and associated buildings and facilities.

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