MARITIME WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH

NIOSH accomplishes safety and health research in maritime industries through the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, which is a virtual center that serves as a hub for intramural and extramural researchers. The NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies was formed in November 2015 and builds on the success of the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program. In 2007, NIOSH expanded its fishing safety research program from a regional (Alaska) to a national program.  Since that time, the Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program established a national surveillance program for all commercial fishing fatalities in order to identify high-risk fisheries and regional hazards.  Research activities have focused on the prevention of vessel disasters and falls overboard which are the leading causes of fatalities.

NIOSH research has influenced regional, national and international fishing safety polices, and NIOSH scientists are frequently approached by external partners for technical assistance.  The success of the Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program serves as a base for the CMSHS to expand to other maritime sub-sectors and to strengthen NIOSH’s partnerships with the United States Coast GuardExternal, National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationExternal, OSHAExternal, and our participation on OSHA’s Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)External.

Page last reviewed: February 15, 2019, 01:35 PM
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Division