General provisions

1. General provisions
1.1. Objective
1.1.1. The objective of this code is to provide practical guidance on safety and
health in shipboard work with a view to:
(a) preventing accidents, diseases and other harmful effects on the health of seafarers
arising from employment on board ship at sea and in port;
(b) ensuring that the responsibility for safety and health is understood and remains a
priority for all concerned with maritime transport, including governments,
shipowners and seafarers; and
(c) promoting consultation and cooperation among governments, as well as
shipowners' and seafarers' organizations in the improvement of safety and health on
board ship.
1.1.2. The code also provides guidance in the implementation of the provisions of
the Prevention of Occupational Accidents to Seafarers Convention, 1970 (No. 134), and
Recommendation, 1970 (No. 142), as well as other applicable ILO Conventions and
1.2. Application
1.2.1. The code covers the safety and health of all seafarers serving on board all
seagoing ships, whether publicly or privately owned, and which are ordinarily engaged
in commercial maritime navigation. However, parts of the code may be applicable to
vessels used in inland waterways or to fishing vessels.
1.2.2. The provisions of this code should be considered as the basic minimum
requirements for protecting seafarers' safety and health.
1.3. General definitions1
1.3.1. For the purposes of this code the following terms have been defined as
(a) competent authority: a minister, government department or other authority having
power to issue regulations, orders or other instructions having the force of law in
respect of safety and health aboard any vessel registered in their territory or any ship
within their territorial waters and ports;
(b) competent person or competent officer: a rating or an officer possessing adequate
qualifications, such as suitable training and sufficient knowledge, experience and
skill, and including, where appropriate, any certificates required by the competent
authority, to fill a particular position, carry out a specific task, or assume supervisory
1 Use of the male gender in the text should be read as meaning male or female.

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