About SAN and SAMS


The primary aim of SAN (Maritime Joint Work Environment Council) is to contribute to creating a secure and safe work environment onboard ships. In cooperation with union organisations and employers, SAN promotes good unity, good communication facilities and increased knowledge of risks and protection in daily work.

SAN was established in 1956 and during its long history the environment onboard ships has been improved considerably.  Much remains to be done, however, and we are convinced that together we are able to create even better conditions for all of you who work at sea, and support shipping companies in their work environment management.

SAN is a cooperative body of unions and employers in which the parties work together to improve the work environment at sea. Courses, conferences, financial support to work environment projects and spreading information are examples of what SAN works with. There are representatives from unions and employers on SAN’s board as well as additional members from the Swedish Transport Agency and Chalmers University of Technology to provide further width and depth of knowledge at SAN.

SAN was established as early as 1956 under the name of Sjöfartens Arbetarskyddsnämnd (Maritime Worker Protection Committee). During the first few years its activities were mainly aimed at spreading worker protection messages and other information material, but new tasks emerged step by step.
During the 1970s education activities were broadened and a large number of safety officers were trained under the auspices of SAN. At that time there were a number of other activities such as the Pajaladojan project, in which protective shoes were produced in cooperation with a shoe factory, the ABC first-aid procedure for accidents was developed in consultation with Red Cross, no-smoking posters were printed and many other schemes were carried out.
A little while later SAN started to arrange work environment training courses for sea officers and that continued until spring 2006 when Chalmers Technical University took over the task.

SAN is governed by a board with representatives from the Swedish Shipowners’ Employer Association (SARF), SEKO Seafarers, the Swedish Ship Officers’ Association (SFBF) and the Merchant Marine Officers’ Association (SBF). Activities were financed through the Maritime Joint Work Environment Foundation (SAMS).

About SAMS

SAN’s activities are financed through SAMS (Maritime Joint Work Environment Foundation). The foundation decides what projects and other activities SAN will support. SAMS was established in 1988 after an agreement between the Swedish Shipowners’ Association and the three seamen’s unions.

On the board of SAMS are representatives from the Swedish Shipowners’ Employer Association (SARF), SEKO Seafarers, the Swedish Ship Officers’ Association (SFBF) and the Merchant Marine Officers’ Association (SBF).

Projects supported by SAMS

In addition to the annual costs for the production of SAN News and the work environment conferences held each autumn, SAMS has supported a number of different projects over the years. Here are some that have been supported since 2000:


• Annual revision of the work environment manual
• Revision of the SAN website


• Total revision of the work environment manual
• Contributed to the development of the website www.maritimehealth.se
• Contributed to safety officer badges to hand out to safety officers


• Contributed to revision and new issue of the handbook, ”Noise and Vibrations Onboard”
• Contributed to “mock-up” – course and practice with the hook system
• Contributed to film about Insjö


• Contributed to three test courses – work environment courses for ship’s officers


• Seasafe – Mini SMS (project at Stena)
• Contributed to education of secondary school teachers in work with thermosetting plastics


• Contributed to publication of “Watches and Tiredness”
• Contributed to printing costs and conference on bridge ergonomics
• Contributed to review and modernisation of book, “Medical care for ship’s officers”


• Contributed to project on safety organisation, safety culture, risk management and safety at sea
• Contributed to Insjö project.

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