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Vol 57, No 1-4 (2006)
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Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Labour standards, safety and health, and risk assessment in the fishing sector

Brandt Wagner
International Maritime Health 2006;57(1-4):114-126.

open access

Vol 57, No 1-4 (2006)
TROPICAL MEDICINE
Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has, since its founding, worked towards the improvement of the working conditions of all people through various means of action, including the adoption of international labour standards. This paper will briefly discuss ILO’s standards concerning occupational safety and health, its specific standards concerning work on board fishing vessels, and its work to develop a new Convention and Recommendation on Work in the Fishing Sector. It will then cover the background and debate concerning the provisions in these proposed instruments that relate to improving occupational safety and health, with a special emphasis on proposed requirements and guidance concerning “risk assessment”. Examples will be provided of how “risk assessment” has been used in ILO instruments, in regional (European Union) legislation concerning the fishing sector and in national laws, regulations and practice in this sector. The objective of the paper is to stimulate debate on how “risk assessment” of safety and health matters on fishing vessels could be promoted worldwide, taking into account differing levels of development and the considerable diversity of fishing operations.

Abstract

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has, since its founding, worked towards the improvement of the working conditions of all people through various means of action, including the adoption of international labour standards. This paper will briefly discuss ILO’s standards concerning occupational safety and health, its specific standards concerning work on board fishing vessels, and its work to develop a new Convention and Recommendation on Work in the Fishing Sector. It will then cover the background and debate concerning the provisions in these proposed instruments that relate to improving occupational safety and health, with a special emphasis on proposed requirements and guidance concerning “risk assessment”. Examples will be provided of how “risk assessment” has been used in ILO instruments, in regional (European Union) legislation concerning the fishing sector and in national laws, regulations and practice in this sector. The objective of the paper is to stimulate debate on how “risk assessment” of safety and health matters on fishing vessels could be promoted worldwide, taking into account differing levels of development and the considerable diversity of fishing operations.
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Labour standards, safety and health, and risk assessment in the fishing sector

Journal

International Maritime Health

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Vol 57, No 1-4 (2006)

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114-126

Published online

2010-03-26

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International Maritime Health 2006;57(1-4):114-126.

Authors

Brandt Wagner

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