12. Tools and materials
12.1. General provisions1
12.1.1. Shipowners should ensure that all machines, tools and other equipment are
suitable for the work in hand and the conditions in which they are to be used.
12.1.2. Personal protective equipment, e.g. eye, face, hearing protectors and hair
nets for long hair, should be worn when appropriate.
12.2. Hand tools
12.2.1. Tools should be treated with due care and should be used only for the
purpose for which each tool is designed.
12.2.2. Damaged or unsafe tools should not be used.
12.2.3. Tools that are not being used should be placed in a carrier, box or tool rack.
12.2.4. All tools should be stowed in lockers or other appropriate places at the end
of a work period or operation.
12.3. Portable electric, pneumatic and hydraulic tools
12.3.1. Power-operated tools are dangerous if they are not maintained and operated
12.3.2. Special care should be taken when seafarers work in damp conditions since
the risk of electric shock is greatly increased in the presence of moisture or high
12.3.3. Since ships are largely made of metal, which conducts electricity, great
care should be taken in the use of electrical tools.
12.3.4. Electrical tools designed to be earthed should be properly connected.
12.3.5. Electrical tools should be inspected before use and particular attention
should be paid to power supply leads.
12.3.6. Electrical leads and hydraulic/pneumatic tool hoses should be kept clear of
anything that might damage them.
1 Guidance on the training of engine-room officers and ratings in the use of tools may be found in
section 25 of the IMO/ILO Document for guidance: An international maritime training guide
(1985 or later edition).