Boatyard Hazards

Boatyard Hazards

Tips for protecting worker safety and health

Terry Johnson

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Boatyard work is hazardous, with an injury and illness incidence rate more than double that of construction and general industry.

This manual is for boatyard employees, contract workers and technicians, and commercial and recreational boat owners and crew, helping them understand the risks and adopt measures that will make them safer from injury and sickness that can result from boat repair and maintenance.

This manual identifies the regulatory authorities overseeing boatyard safety and health, summarizes how to do a hazard analysis and draft a set of best practices, identifies types of injury and health risks associated with boatyard work, describes preventive measures for a range of risks, explains the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), clarifies how to read and interpret a material safety data sheet (MSDS), and recommends steps to take to ensure personal health and safety.

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