Free health and safety event for Scottish fish farmers

Scottish fish and shellfish farmers and diving companies are being urged to attend a free aquaculture and maritime safety event next week.
They’re invited to attend the event at the Northern Lighthouse Board in Oban on September 3 to brush up on good practice and workplace health and safety.
The day-long workshop, which will also provide an opportunity for those in the industry to get together and share their experiences, is being hosted by members of the Scottish Aquacultural Industry Forum – made up of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Northern Lighthouse Board, Crown Estate, Scottish Government, SEPA, RNLI, Scottish Salmon Company, and Marine Harvest, with support from the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation.
Qualified instructors and industry professionals will present practical demonstrations on how to avoid the most common causes of accidents and ill health caused by aquaculture and other marine activities.
The event will cover the following:
  • Fork lift truck/ transport operations
  • Winching
  • Chemical handling
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Lifejackets
  • Life rafts and flares
  • Cold shock & diving
According to the HSE, working in the marine environment is a dangerous occupation.
It says the main causes of work-related deaths are drowning and asphyxiation in confined spaces, while transport, lifting operations and machinery are responsible for the majority of serious injuries.
HSE inspector Iain Sutherland said: “Aquaculture is an important industry in Scotland and one that we can be very proud of; however we must not forget that the marine environment is dangerous and unforgiving.
“The excellent attendance at previous events demonstrates the industry’s real desire to protect its workforce and improve standards.”
Although the event is by invitation only, those who would like to attend are invited to contact Iain Sutherland at iain.sutherland@hse.gsi.gov.uk, or on 01463 723261.