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Marine Health, Safety, Quality And Environmental Management
    GUIDE FOR MARINE HEALTH, SAFETY, QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT JUNE 2005 American Bureau of Shipping Incorporated by the Legislature of the State of New York 1862 Copyright © 2005 American Bureau of Shipping ABS Plaza 16855 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060 USA    This page intentionally left blank    ABS   GUIDE FOR MARINE HEALTH, SAFETY, QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT   .   2005   i   Foreword The significant impact of management practices on the safe operations of ships has been recognized for some time. The General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization requested the Maritime Safety Committee, by resolution A.596(15), to develop, as a matter of urgency, guidelines concerning shipboard and shore-based management, and to include in the work program of both the Maritime Safety Committee and the Environmental Protection Committee an item on shipboard and shore-based management for the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code). The ISM Code was developed  by the International Maritime Organization to provide the maritime community with an internationally recognized standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. Initially adopted as resolution A. 741(18), it later was incorporated into Chapter IX of the SOLAS convention and  became mandatory for oil tankers, chemical tankers, bulk carriers and cargo high speed craft of 500 gross tonnage and upwards and for passenger ships including passenger high-speed craft from 1 July 1998. Other cargo ships and self-propelled mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) of 500 gross tonnage and upwards, subject to SOLAS, were required to comply by 1 July 2002. Other management system standards and specifications have been developed, notably ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, non-specific to the maritime industry, which address management practices from the perspective of controlling quality, occupational health hazards and environmental impact. These standards, though not specific to the marine industry, provide useful guidance that can be employed in marine management and the operation of ships to further enhance management systems focused on the safe operating practices and prevention of pollution. The general management system principles embodied by the ISM Code, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 have been incorporated in this Guide. These principles, where appropriate, have been “marinized” in order to bring them within the concept of the industry itself. In this revision of the Guide, elements of the Specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001: 1999) have been incorporated, which complement the requirements of ISM Code, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. These requirements are identified by an “h”. A Company seeking to upgrade their existing S, SQ, SE or SQE certification may be issued an “H” notation by implementing new requirements identified by an “h”. Also, this revision of the Guide addresses changes made in the ISO 14001:2004 standard. A number of requirements have been streamlined and consolidated to remove the redundancy and duplication in the requirements of the applicable standards. The American Bureau of Shipping offers this Guide to the maritime industry as a tool for enhancing marine management practices and further supporting safe management in the operation of ships and  prevention of pollution.    This page intentionally left blank
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