We will now examine general safety standards that
apply to all shipboard operations and spaces. The
following 40 standards may save your life!
Locate and remember all exits from working
and living spaces that you frequent.
Know the storage location of life jackets in or
near working and living spaces.
Make sure you secure or lash down all movable
objects in your spaces.
Always wear clothing that snugly fits your
Carry a load in a reamer that allows one hand
to be free when practical.
Always move up or down a ladder with one
hand on the railing.
Know the emergency shutdown procedures for
all equipment you use.
Make sure you do not block exits with
equipment or boxes.
Ensure ventilation ducts are free of blockage.
Prohibit horseplay aboard ship.
Prevent personnel from wearing rings,
watches, key rings, and other items that might
become entangled or caught on projections.
Always wear approved safety shoes when the
job requires it.
Carry as little in your pockets as possible.
Walk, dont run in passageways.
Be cautious when nearing a blind corner.
Know the location of all lifeboat and liferraft
stations. Know how to proceed to them from
your living and working spaces.
Identify the location of all fire stations and
other fire-fighting equipment in or near your
living or workspaces.
Keep constantly familiar with the whereabouts
of crewmembers in the space where you are
working. That is especially important if the
work is in tanks, voids, or other restricted-
Smoke only in designated areas.
Use equipment in an authorized manner, and
make sure it is used only by authorized
Wear sunglasses topside only.
Close and dog watertight doors if so designated
during normal operations.
Know the location of life rings, watermarkers,
Know the areas where you should wear
Inform senior personnel responsible for a given
space or equipment if you discover unsafe
Do not lean against lifelines.
Keep decks free of obstacles and materials
causing slippery conditions. Post slippery areas
with a warning sign. Make sure you install
nonskid around machinery work areas.
Provide temporary protection by guardrails or
chains, suitably supported by stanchions or
pads, when opening accesses in bulkheads or
decks normally closed.
Never straddle or step over lines, wire, and
chains under tension.
Wear a life jacket topside where the potential
exists of falling, slipping, or being thrown or
carried into the water.
Never lock escape scuttles so personnel cannot
open them from the inside.
Never dismantle or remove any lifeline or hang
or secure any weight or line to any lifeline
except as authorized by the commanding
Never dismantle or remove any inclined or
vertical ladder without permission from the
commanding officer. Secure such areas with
temporary lifelines and post with a warning
Never operate machinery or equipment with
defective safety devices without permission of
the commanding officer.
Never tamper with or render ineffective any
safety device, interlock, ground strap, or
similar device intended to protect operators or
equipment without the approval of the