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Injury Prevention Resources for Fishing - General Safety

General Safety | Vessel and Crew Safety | Diving | Fish Processing

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the commercial fishing industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Gearing Up for Safety: Safe work practices for commercial fishing in British Columbia updated

Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in British Columbia. Gearing Up for Safety addresses many common safety and health hazards in the commercial fishing industry in B.C. waters. WorkSafeBC revised this manual in collaboration with Fish SAFE and members of the Fish SAFE Advisory Committee. The safety steps included here are a direct result of industry input, and reflect what are commonly seen in B.C. waters as safe work practices.
Source: Fish SAFE and WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (6.6 MB)
Updated: March 2012

Personal Protective Equipment Information Sheets - Commercial Fishing

A series of information sheets have been developed to provide a simple, clear format to help explain how to select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
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How Loud Is It? Fishing

Provides information on the average fishing industry noise levels.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (112 KB)

Survival in Cold Waters

"This report was requested by the Marine Safety Directorate of Transport Canada to address the problem of survival in cold waters. It is divided into six specific chapters: 1) a brief introduction to the problem; 2) the physiology of cold water immersion; 3) the research that has been conducted to protect the human from the dangers of sudden cold water immersion; 4) the design and development of current immersion suits; 5) the inter-relationship between the immersion suit and the lifejacket, and 6) a review of the different groups of people who fly over, work on or play on the water and what protection these groups need."
Source: Transport Canada
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Ship Safety Bulletins

"Ship Safety Bulletins are a source of accurate and up-to-date ship safety information, paramount to the safety of life at sea and one of the important mechanisms for conveying timely information pertaining to safeguards against identified risks"
Source: Transport Canada
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Commercial Fishing Fatalities in Alaska: Risk factors and prevention strategies

"This document describes the fatal events in the Alaska commercial fishing industry and recommends strategies to prevent or reduce the seriousness of these events."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Commercial Fishing in the U.S.

"This Webpage contains links to many documents that outline the progress being made to improve safety for commercial fishermen in Alaska, and the safety hazards that these workers still face. It also contains links to organizations that are working to promote safer workplaces for Alaska commercial fishermen."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Proceedings of the Second International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference

Proceedings of conference held in 2006.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Handbook for improving living conditions on board fishing vessels

"The objective of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) is to ensure that fishers have decent conditions of work on board fishing vessels, regarding minimum requirements for work on board; conditions of service; accommodation and food; occupational health and safety protection; medical care and social security."
Source: International Labour Organization
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Safety Alerts and Fact Sheets

Compiled by the United States Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis for vessel operators and mariners.
Source: United States Coast Guard
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Oregon Sea Grant Publications and Videos

"Oregon Sea Grant, founded in 1968 and based at Oregon State University, supports research, education and public outreach to help people understand, responsibly use, and conserve ocean and coastal resources."
Source: Oregon Sea Grant
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Living colour

A new study suggests fluorescent green marine wear---rather than standard orange, red, or yellow - offers the best bet for surviving an on-water emergency.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* WorkSafe Magazine article (PDF 176 KB)

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)

AMSEA is dedicated to education and training for commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, and shoolchildren in Alaska.

It's mission is to reduce injury and death in the marine environment through education and training.

They provide educational resources, and a quarterly newsletter, that can be downloaded.



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