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Risks and hazards in the maritime industry

In order to protect workers and maintain healthy and safe workplaces, all hazards and risks should be identified, assessed and, where practical, remedied.

The Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 sets out the key principles, duties and rights in relation to health and safety in the workplace. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Regulations 1995 detail responsibilities in relation to health and safety incidents and the Occupational Health and Safety Maritime Industry)(Nationals Standards) Regulations 2003 (OHS(MI)(NS) Regulations) outline obligations regarding specific hazards.

The below table lists some of the risks and hazards relevant to the maritime industry and some additional resources that can be used by HSRs, employers and employees to address them.




Safety bulletin - AMSA

Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management – International Maritime Organization

Psychosocial hazards

Remote or isolated work - Comcare

Psychological health and safety – an action guide for employers


The Black Dog Institute


Drugs and alcohol

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Alcohol in the workplace - Comcare

Manual handling

OHS(MI)(NS) Regulations

Hazardous substances

OHS(MI)(NS) Regulations

Confined spaces

OHS(MI)(NS) Regulations

Last updated: 20 Mar 2018