This handbook is an important new learning and reference source for those who perform seafarer medical examinations.
Taking valid and fair decisions about whether someone is fit to work at sea can be diffucult. The person's career and livelihood can depend on it. At the same time poor decisions can lead to risks to the individual from ill-health leading to an medical emergency while at sea, in addition work at sea is demanding and many lives can depend on the effects of health related impairments on the capability and reliability with which safety critical tasks are performed.
Maritime trade is global and seafarers are recruited world wide. Consistent international approaches to decisions on fitness to work at sea are therefore essential. This handbook aims to support the requirements for seafarer medical certification included in the conventions of the International Labour Organization and International Maritime Organization.
Tim Carter, ( Handbook author)
Professor, Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, University of Bergen.
Chief Medical Adviser, United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
(Note: web addresses in handbook last accessed 29 04 2013)