If you are interested in a status of the Project REACH, and if you are looking for informations of what risks you are exposed to when working with chemicals you have come to the right place. SEAHEALTH has made a chemical database where you can get informations about what precautions you should take when working with chemicals.


>> Go to the database for chemicals






The awareness of the use of epoxy products in the wind energy industry in Denmark has made the use of epoxy based paint in the shipping industry even more topical. Several seafarers are concerned and they follow the discussion about people who have become ill from working in the wind energy industry very closely.

>> Read more about painting on board ships with Epoxy

New mandatory movie about chemicals

The training material includes film and handbook. The film replaces the DVD's "Good chemistry on board" and "Good chemistry on board 2."

>> Read more about the film and handbook

White list

It is a good idea for companies to work with their vessels in drawing up a white list for the chemicals that can be used aboard.

>> Read about white lists

Information on harmful effects

Chemicals can be many things - paints, detergents, cleaning materials, degreasers, oil and additives. There must be written information about all these products aboard a vessel by way of safety data sheets, labels and workplace instructions.

>> Read about the harmful effects of chemicals and the information required for you to work properly with chemicals aboard

Prevention and storage

The best means of prevention is to avoid harmful substances altogether. That is to say that they should only be used when absolutely necessary and you should as far as possible choose the least harmful products. When storing chemicals there are some things to consider.

>> Read more about prevention and storage when working with chemicals

Ventilation and indoor climate

Ventilation is very important when you are working with chemicals

>> Read about ventilation for various work processes
>> Sector guidance on point extraction could help you when you have ventilation queries

Codes for paints and cleaners

>> Read about the significance of code numbers for paint

Chemicals - labelling

All chemical products are required to carry safety warning labels. Labels with an orange hazard symbol are called hazard labels.

>> Read about the labelling regulations for chemicals

A brief status on REACH

The Danish Maritime Authority and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency have prepared an interpretation of importer status in connection with bunker oil.

>> Read more about the status

Radiation and welding fumes

Welding fumes are carcinogenic so prevention is essential.

>> Read among other things about radiation and fumes from welding


International Regulation

Information can be obtained in the MOSH-guideline:  6.7.3 Chemicals. 


Useful links:

  • Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), as amended
  • International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), as amended
  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), as amended
  • International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous, as amended