These Maritime Industry pages are part of OSHA's commitment to assist those in the industry - whether worker or employer - to identify, reduce, and eliminate maritime-related hazards.
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 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.
- Shipyard Employment. OSHA eTool. Describes common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during the maritime industry's ship repair, shipbuilding, shipbreaking, and barge cleaning processes.
- Ship Repair Module - Hanging Staging (Marine). Assists employers design, assemble, use, and dismantle marine hanging staging in a manner that is safe for workers.
- General Working Conditions Standard. OSHA.
- Fire Protection Standard. OSHA.
- Safe Work Practices for Shipbreaking. OSHA Publication 3375, (2010).
For additional highlights, previous Hot Topics or What's New entries, see the What's New Archive.
Maritime Guidance Documents
For a listing of the Maritime-related Guidance Documents, see the OSHA Maritime Guidance Documents page.
OSHA Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets (SHIPS)
- Housekeeping Safety (PDF). (July 2016).
- Surface Preparation and Preservation (PDF). (March 2016).
- Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tags-Plus (PDF). (April 2014).
- Shipboard Electrical (PDF). (December 2013).
- Rigging (PDF). (April 2011).
- Shipfitting (PDF). (August 2008).
- Hotwork - Welding, Cutting and Brazing (PDF)