Applying the WIB Action Checklist

 The participants are guided about how to apply the WIB Action Checklist about working conditions in their own vesselsThe outline of the checklist is explained. The checklist covers the seven technical areas: (a) work space and its maintenance, (b) preventing falls, (c) machine safety and protective equipment, (d) lighting, (e) mooring and fishing equipment, (f) work operations, and (g) communication and welfare facilities. In each area, typical low-cost improvements feasible in the participants’ vessels are listed. The participants check their working conditions by using the action checklist.


 Where possible, the participants go their own vessels and use the checklist by means of a quick walkthrough in each vessel. They are encouraged to identify good practices already in place in their vessels corresponding to some of the check items. The results of checklist application are discussed by the participants. These results make it easy for the participants to plan their improvement actions and fill in the WIB Planning Sheet.


How to use the Action Checklist:

1. Define the work area to be checked. The vessel premises, work activities and living areas can be checked. In the case of a larger vessel, particular work areas can be defined for separate checking.

2. Read through the checklist and spend some minutes walking around the work area before starting to check. Read each item carefully. Look for a way to apply the improvements. If necessary, ask some questions to the seamen.

3. If the improvement is already in place or it is not needed, mark NO under “ Do you propose action? ”If you think the improvement is worthwhile, mark YES. Use the space under REMARKS to put a description of your suggestion or its location.

3. After you have gone through all the items, look again at the items you have marked YES. Then, choose a few items where the benefits seem likely to be the most important. Mark PRIORITY for these items.

4. Before finishing, make sure that for each item you have marked NO or YES, and that for some items marked YES you have marked PRIORITY.

 5. Remember the checklist is not exhaustive and other areas may need examining. Note that the check items can be used for identifying good practices.


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