Cleaning and other cold work in new vessels may require manual activities such as scraping,
vacuuming, sweeping, or pumping.
Figure 1: Illustration of cleaning and other cold work.
The majority of shipbuilding cleaning and other
is conducted during the later stages of vessel construction.
Flammable/combustive adhesives, solvents, paints, and coatings may also be
applied at any point in vessel construction.
Work may take place in confined or enclosed spaces.
A worker may be struck by high pressure equipment, slip, trip or fall while cleaning machinery
spaces, bilges, or ballast tanks.
This module addresses the steps to follow for safe
cleaning and cold work during shipbuilding:
Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading
hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the
Shipbuilding: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres
chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.