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Seafarers Health & Safety Handbook Updated

8 Apr 2024

Following industry and stakeholder feedback the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has updated the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers (COSWP).  

While still providing the same important guidance to the seafarer community, the code’s language, design and structure has been updated, making the contents of the code informative but simple and clear.  

The physical format of the code has also changed to a bound copy rather than loose-leaf, making it easier to access the most up to date information. 

A sample of the revamped code went to consultation at the end of last year, and now, after receiving an overall positive response, the new version has been officially released today.  

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