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Written Safety Procedures

Feel free to use the sample procedures below as a guide while creating your Transport Canada required Written Safety Procedures. They must be modified to suit your specific vessel length and species requirements. 

 

Fatigue Management

Working Aloft

Winches

Trawling and Dragging

Taking on Water

Hoisting

Safe Loading & Stability

Ropes

Watchkeeping

Refueling

Refueling (under 40' open)

Manual Handling

Hypothermia

Housekeeping

High Noise Levels

Fire Response

Preventative Maintenance

Locating a Missing Crew-member

Person Overboard

Haulers

Handling Pots

Engine Room Checks

Emergency Abandonment

Compressed Gas

Boarding

Pre-departure Checks

Working Alone

Angle Grinders

SAFETY TIPS and BEST PRACTICES

Please take the time to browse, read and consider the following safety tips.  Some may be more relevant to your specific fishing vessel/activity than others. - Some are simple "common sense" suggestions, while others are a little more complex and require some adjustment. - all are important, and could prevent a serious injury or save your life!  Best Practices can also be found in many of the Safety Alerts/Bulletins.

 

Safety Familiarization - It's smart and it's the law!

Consider a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

EPIRBS - Things you should know

Ship Safety Bulletins - Take the time to read them!

Proper Distress Communication Can Save Lives

Surviving Sudden Cold Water Immersion

Prepare a Sail Plan

Immersion Suits - Be prepared

 

SAFETY ALERTS and BULLETINS

Safety alerts are issued periodically by a number of organizations/departments identifying hazards in the fishing industry.  They come in a variety of forms, but all of them contain valuable information and should be considered.  We will update this list as more alerts/bulletins are issued.

Provincial Occupational Heath & Safety Division (OH&S)

 

Marine Vessel Operators Alert

Hydraulic Systems Hazard Alert

Working Alone Alert

Transport Canada (TC)

Transport Canada issue ship safety bulletins regularly.  These bulletins include a variety of information, from regulatory updates to the identification of on-board hazards.   Here is a list of several fishing industry related bulletins, and a link to the Transport Canada Ship Safety Bulletin Registry. 

Watertight Openings and Their Importance in Maintaining Integrity

Wearing and Using Flotation Devices

Installation And maintenance of inflatable life raft hydrostatic release units

Adequacy of Single Cross-bar Type Hatch Covers

Maintenance of Weathertight Integrity

Flooding Detection on Fishing Vessels

Safety of Small Fishing Vessels: Information about Stability Booklets

The Use of Passive Anti-Roll Tanks on Small Fishing Vessels

Fires on Board Fishing Vessels Caused by Exhaust Pipes

 

Directory to Search All TC Ship Safety Bulletins

Alerts from other Sources 

Below you will find Alerts/Bulletins/Hazards from a variety of sources/jurisdictions. 

Hazards Associated with Trawling, including Beam Trawling and Scallop Dredging (UK)

 
 

SAFETY ADS/CAMPAIGNS

 

FFAW/Unifor - The Union Forum (Spring 2019)

NL-FHSA Article

NL-FHSA Advertisement 

 

FFAW/Unifor - The Union Forum (Winter 2018/2019)

NL-FHSA Article

NL-FHSA Advertisement 

 

 

 

NL-FHSA PFD Radio Campaign Ad

WorkplaceNL - Handling Boxes and Containers  

 

 

 

WorkplaceNL - Healthy Backs Campaign

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Transport Canada

Small Fishing Vessel Safety Manual

Canadian Coast Guard

Small Commercial Vessel Safety Guide