Posted: 21st August 2015 | Written by: British Marine Federation
Marinas and boatyards present a particularly challenging and complex environment for putting in place safety management arrangements which fulfill legal, moral and business needs without being unduly complicated, restrictive to marina users’ activities or expensive.
This guide is intended to give a broad overview of the main health and safety issues which marina and boatyard managers have to deal with and guide them to resources which will help them find solutions which are realistic and pragmatic. It does not attempt to be comprehensive.
The BMF Guide to Members describes how the UK health and safety regulatory system works, the principles behind it and the main requirements. It is presumed that readers of this guide will be familiar with the content of the Guide to Members, hence that material is not repeated here.
This guide will also make reference to guides on specific health and safety topics relevant to marina management. These include topics which are generally applicable throughout UK businesses, for example, assessing computer workstations and welfare requirements.
For the purposes of this Guide, the following definitions of the principal stakeholders are used:
Manager: The person responsible for managing the marina undertaking. The “employer” for the purposes of health and safety law.
Clients: Persons who pay the manager for services such as provision of berths or shore services.
Visitors: Members of the public or people on business who visit the marina from time- to-time.
Whilst great care has been taken in the preparation of these guides, the British Marine Federation and its advisers cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any consequences arising.
This guide covers the operation of marinas, moorings and boatyards in coastal, tidal and inland areas, and certain areas of design that have a direct bearing on personal safety. For those seeking guidance on good practice for the wider aspects of marina design and operation, refer to the code of practice published by The Yacht Harbour Association Ltd1.
This guidance does not include:
Design and management of catering facilities
Refuse and waste disposal facilities
Potable water supplies, or other utilities
Events, such as races or regattas - these require safety planning in their own right
Environmental management, including sewage treatment and disposal
Health and safety during construction activity beyond the duties of the marina manager as ‘client’ for these works (see section 4.9 for further information)
These are the sections of the guide:
Section 1: Safety Management Overview. Discusses some of the main health and safety issues facing marina and boatyard managers
Section 2: Marina Inspection and Maintenance. The importance of this to achieving good health and safety standards and some of the main issues which arise
Section 3: Services and Activities. Discusses some of the main areas of service provision and activity which present significant health and safety risks
Section 4: Emergency Preparedness. How to be prepared
Section 5: Communications. Effective communications with your clients and visitors
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