Asbestos – A Hidden Hazard on Board Ships

Training course managing issues related to asbestos in line with the latest standards and experiences.

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    Environmental Protection


To understand the subject 'Asbestos' as related to the shipping industry and know how to manage issues related to this material.

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Who should attend:
Ship Owner, Ship Manager, Technical Directors, Project Supervisor, Technical Assistant, Shipyard Manager, Shipyard Engineers, Surveyors, etc

Duration: 1 day

The IMO SOLAS Regulations (Chapter II-1, Part A-1, Structure of ships, Regulation 3-5) bans the use of asbestos on vessels from 1 January 2011. For all ships, new installation of materials which contain asbestos shall be prohibited. The prohibition applies to materials used for the structure, machinery, electrical installations and any equipment covered by the SOLAS Convention.
During inspections of ships in service asbestos has regularly been found in such places as fire blankets, joints and insulation materials, types of sealants, friction material of brakes, wall and ceiling coverings, cords, gaskets, electric fuses, etc. Exposure to asbestos fibres in the air can cause a range of serious diseases. Shipping Companies, Shipyards, Suppliers, Class Societies and Authorities are facing challenges in management of asbestos and it is clear that there is a huge lack of knowledge on this subject within the shipping community. This course provides an introduction and guidance to achieve certified expertise about management of low level exposure of this hazardous material.
Having attended this course the attendees can assume the role of a designated person for asbestos matters within an organisation. Employers will appreciate the competence and contribution of the employee to better management of hazardous materials as an integrated part of the company policy and reputation.
The course falls into two main parts – awareness of current legislation and practical hints for asbestos removal. Practical case studies worked on by the participants make the course stimulating and interactive.

The course focuses on:

  • Current national and international legislation (incl. Hong Kong Convention)
  • Properties and handling of asbestos and its effects on health and environment
  • Asbestos usage in shipping industry and on board of Ships
  • Development and Practice of Standard Operational Procedures (SOP)
  • Maintenance, Removal and Disposal of Asbestos
  • Ship specific facts and requirements
  • Inventory of hazardous materials (IHM)

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