Shipbreaking is a unique part of the maritime industry, primarily involving the dismantling and disposal of obsolete U.S. Navy and Maritime Administration
ships, as well as commercial barges and mobile offshore drilling units. For many years, much of this work was contracted to overseas companies. However, in recent years the exporting of ships from the United States to foreign countries for scrapping has come under criticism due to concerns over worker safety and health, and adverse environmental impacts. As a result, the exporting of ships for scrapping was stopped by the Navy in December 1997 and by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in January 1998. Consequently, shipbreaking by domestic companies is rapidly growing, and there is a
need to improve shipbreaking (e.g., dismantling, ship recycling, or scrapping) processes to ensure the safety and health of these workers.
This document does not cover all of the regulations governing the occupational safety and health aspects of shipbreaking. However, it highlights important
information through references and hyperlinks to OSHA regulations that can be used to help employers develop a comprehensive Safety and Health Management System (SHMS), encompassing all aspects of a facility’s shipbreaking procedures and processes. The appropriate Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provisions must be incorporated in all safety and health plans, and the safety processes and programs must be managed to reduce risk and provide a safe and healthful worksite for all workers. In addition, employers must be aware of and comply with all local and state regulations, which may be more stringent than federal requirements.
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