The basic rule is to choose the clothing that suits the job. Working clothes for special work - particularly dirty work or welding gauntlets - must be supplied by the company.
- Working clothes must protect against...
- Working clothes must ensure...
- The right working clothes under the right conditions
- Other things to consider
- More information about workwear
- Clothing aboard
- temperature - extreme heat and cold
- moisture - rain, snow, sea water, swabbing
- chemical effects
- mechanical effects
Everyone is different, culturally, physically and mentally. So choice promotes people’s motivation, though unsuitable choices or health risk should not be acceptable.
The correct clothing is crucial for ensuring that duties can be performed safely and take full account of health (Technical regulation on working aboard vessels).
It is ship management/company that is responsible for workwear aboard but crew must obey the instructions that are given. So time-honoured traditions (such as bare chests, open sandals, clogs etc.) do not constitute correct workwear.
Working clothes should be clean when put on. It is not too much to ask seamen to do their own general maintenance and washing.
Mess jackets give protection against heat and burns. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Short-sleeved shirts and shorts should only be worn where there is no risk of physical or chemical effects, such as office work, bridge /control room duties. It is important to make a workplace risk assessment to determine the right workwear.
Non-skid safety shoes with steel toecaps are a natural part of good, safe footwear at sea. In the galley, however, it is sufficient to wear non-skid shoes without steel toecaps.
There should always be easy access to the right personal protection.