Keen observers of the MCA website will have noted recent revisions to and the re-issuing of their guidance on 3 important legal areas of risk assessment. In light of this, the MCA has issued the following Merchant Shipping Notices:
MSN 1888 – Chemical Agents Directive Regs 2010, as amended
MSN 1189 – Biological Agents Directive Regs 2010, as amended
MSN 1890 – New & Expectant Mothers, as amended
These notices are part of a periodic review by the MCA and update and in some areas strengthen previous guidance. However, please note these notices only officially come into force on the day we leave the European Union!
The Chemical agents notice is basically laying out the requirements for the MCA's version of 'CoSHH' for the shipping industry, whilst the New & Expectant Mothers notice, which may not be well used in the Workboat sector, brings shipping on line with the requirements of UK domestic law as well as aligning with more recent MLC requirements for pregnant workers. If you have not already done so, these notices may prompt a review of aspects of your Safety Management systems.