Systematic work environment management (SAM)

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The Work Environment Act came into force at sea in 2003. A significant change was the requirement that the work environment onboard must be documented and systematised in a completely different way than previously. Risks must be written down and action plans drawn up. The document must clearly state when a deficiency must be rectified and who is responsible for it being done.

Systematic Work Environment Management (SAM) is an evolving system which must be continuously reviewed for adjustments and updating. In other words, it is never completed but is a continuously ongoing process.

The regulations governing the work environment at sea are called TSFS (previously SJÖFS) and are issued by the Swedish Transport Agency.

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