Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies



The 400,000 workers employed in U.S. maritime industries, face a higher risk of fatality, injury, and illness than other American workers. In fact, commercial fishing is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Likewise, the water transportation industry has a fatality rate 4.7 times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers. Hazards in the maritime environment are found both on the water and at waterfront facilities, such as shipyards and marine terminals – and some hazards are unique to a specific maritime industry. The goals of the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies (CMSHS) are to conduct and support research and develop recommendations that improve safety and health for all maritime workers.

Featured Items

IFISH 5 Special Issue on Health and Safety in the Fishing, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing Industriesexternal icon

The Journal of Agromedicine recently published a special issueexternal icon dedicated to papers presented at and inspired by the Fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5)external icon. The special issue continues the discussion started at IFISH 5 on the effects of fisheries management policy on health and safety, the state of the science in aquaculture, the health effects of bioaerosols in seafood processing, and many other important topics for improving safety and health in these high-risk industries.

Fishing Safety Success Stories

NIOSH Fishing Safety has created four safety training videos focusing on the real-life stories of fishermen who found themselves in a dangerous situation, but were able to avoid tragedy by using safety training and equipment. These videos cover man overboard and deck safety topics and are geared towards anyone working in and around the water.

Page last reviewed: January 3, 2020