Abuse and harassment is a very topical issue with the #MeToo movement in autumn 2017 and the Swedish maritime #lättaankar appeal, which has triggered a series of measures in the maritime sector. Joint meetings have been held within the sector and in the latest one in March, Mikael Lindmark from Seko Seafarers lead a working group to promote a healthier social climate on board. The next big meeting is planned for after the summer. The issue is also being debated in SAN, and abuse and harassment is the theme for this autumn’s SAN conference. Work with the programme and booking speakers is very much in progress and we will provide more information in the next issue of SAN News. In this issue we have chosen to focus on another serious risk to health and safety, namely enclosed spaces. The dangers of enclosed spaces have been known for decades, but accidents continue to happen. Here in Sweden the issue unfortunately arose again in the spring after the death of a 20-year-old stevedore on a coal ship in Oxelösund (read more on page one). It is probably as Urban Svedberg says in the article on page two, that to prevent such accidents the risks must be designed out. In the third issue of SAN News we will look more closely at the issue of electrical safety on board. Among other things there are some changes in regulations that are good to know about. This issue is also topical after the fatal electricity-related accident that occurred on a ship in May. As well as the scheduled themes, there will be articles on other interesting topics and meetings with people involved in health and safety. In this issue you can read about how Roshan Kandemir, first ship’s engineer on Evinco, managed to solve a serious health problem by simple means. A report is also being compiled on the interior environment on Swedish ships by IVL, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. It will be completed by the end of June this year, but one of the researchers involved, Sarka Langer, was at the Mercantile Marine Foundation’s prize giving day in the middle of May and told us about some of the results. In general the quality of air on board seems quite good, but certain limits were exceeded on some ships. We’ll be back with more information on the results in the next issue of SAN News.
Happy reading! Linda Sundgren/editor of SAN News