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Shipbuilding and Ship Repair
Shipbuilding and ship repair includes the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of ships. Several types of hazards are common in this industry, including chemical (asbestos, welding fumes, solvents, paints, fuels), physical (noise, heat stress), and safety (fires, confined spaces, falls, heavy equipment).
Shipbuilding and ship repair hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for Shipyard Employment and Construction.
Provides standard information on fire protection.
Hazards and Solutions
Provides references that aid in recognizing and controlling hazards in shipbuilding and ship repair.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to shipbuilding and ship repair.
- Shipyard Employment: Safe Use of Portable and Hand-Held Power Tools. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3950), (June 2018).
- Shipyard Employment: Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3951), (June 2018).
- Evaluation of Fire and Rescue Services. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3925), (November 2017). Helps employers in the shipyard industry to evaluate the adequacy of their fire and rescue response capabilities.
- Hazards Associated with Spray Painting in Shipyard Employment. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3897), (2017)
- Hazards during the Repair and Maintenance of Refrigeration Systems on Vessels. OSHA Fact Sheet, (November 2015).
- Ventilation in Shipyard Employment. OSHA Publication 3639-04, (2013).
- OSHA reissues Shipbreaking National Emphasis Program and updates Shipyard PPE directive to include PPE Payment. OSHA Trade News Release, (November 29, 2010).
- Examining Fatal Shipyard Accidents. OSHA Video. Provides animated re-enactments of fatal accidents investigated by OSHA.
- Shipyard Employment. OSHA eTool. Shipyard work has traditionally been hazardous, with an injury-accident rate more than twice that of construction and general industry. OSHA has targeted the industry in its Strategic Plan to reduce injuries and illnesses and prevent fatalities.
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.