Safe Work Practices for Shipbreaking – OSHA Report (2010)


“Dismantling of vessels is usually conducted at a pier, drydock, or dismantling slip and includes a wide range of activities, from removing all gear and equipment to cutting down and recycling the ship’s structure. The structural complexity of ships makes shipbreaking a challenging process. It involves many safety, health and environmental issues, including exposure to asbestos, toxic fumes, hazardous materials, noise, falling objects, lead and electrical shock, as well as dangers associated with heat stress, falls, heavy materials handling and fires.”

“In light of the need to improve and manage the hazards associated with shipbreaking, this document is to be used as a basic guide for employers involved in shipbreaking activities.”