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2018
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Undertake work over the side

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The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency released a Marine Guidance Note about the use of equipment, while undertaking work on commercial yachts, small commercial vessels and loadline vessels.

This Marine Guidance Note’s goal is to provide guidance on the use of “rail and trolley” and similar systems, while conducting “overside” work on yachts and other vessels. The key points are the following:

  • To ensure that new systems comply with the current BS/EN Standards,
  • To ensure that existing systems have been checked to an equivalent standard,
  • To ensure maintenance is carried out to the manufacturer’s advice.

In addition, Annex 1 outlines the following Regulations which are relevant to overside working:

  • The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations
    1997 (S.I. 1997/2962);
  • The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Provisions
    and Use of Work Equipment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2006/2183);
  • The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Lifting
    Operations and Lifting Equipment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2006/2184)
  • The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Work at
    Height) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/332).

Finally, Annex 2 gives details of the testing and operating procedures, while Annex 3 contains the requirements for single person systems.

You can view the full Marine Note herebelow

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