Research on the work environment at sea making headway

As you have probably already noticed, it is a jubilee year for Swedish safety officers. For this reason we are launching SAN News 2012 with the theme of safety officers. And safety officers really deserve to be in the limelight. Out on our ships, there are many dedicated and skilled seafarers who choose to spend their time and commitment creating a better work environment for themselves and their colleagues. One of them is Dennis Berggren, mate with Destination Gotland, whom you can read about in this issue.
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As you have probably already noticed, it is a jubilee year for Swedish safety officers. For this reason we are launching SAN News 2012 with the theme of safety officers. And safety officers really deserve to be in the limelight. Out on our ships, there are many dedicated and skilled seafarers who choose to spend their time and commitment creating a better work environment for themselves and their colleagues. One of them is Dennis Berggren, mate with Destination Gotland, whom you can read about in this issue.

New for the magazine this year is that we have added another permanent heading. It is called research and, as you can see, is on this page. Under this heading, we will take up issues that are ongoing in work environment research. It will include presentations of
ongoing or planned projects, the results of completed studies, researchers who are seeking contact with seafarers, and so on. SAN has noted with pleasure that research on the work environment at sea has increased in the last decade, and will follow and support this in various ways. More interesting projects are underway, too; during this year SAN’s Cecilia Österman will complete her doctoral thesis on whether investments in the work environment at sea are profitable. Sociologist Carl Hult at the Kalmar Maritime Academy has recently published a study on well-being onboard and seafarers’ views on the right retirement age, and specialist Karl Forsell, from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, is looking into the correlation between contact with oils onboard and cancer – just to mention a few projects from those going on.
Linda SundgrenThis autumn there will be the annual work environment conference in Gothenburg organized by SAN. The theme will be chemicals-related work environment risks such as handling of thermosetting resins, exposure to oil and much more. Don’t miss it!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to strike a blow for SAN’s Web-based work environment course, which was launched last autumn. It can be found on our website, www.san-nytt.se, and it is free. In the spring there will also be a version adapted to ships sailing under foreign flags.
Let’s make this a good work environment year!
Linda Sundgren

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